‘Most of our girls are be­ing ac­tively re­cruited’

King’s-Edge­hill School’s prep bas­ket­ball team get­ting the at­ten­tion of univer­sity re­cruiters

Valley Journal Advertiser - - SPORTS - BY COLIN CHISHOLM WWW.HANTSJOURNAL.CA

King’s-Edge­hill School’s newly minted girl’s prep bas­ket­ball team is al­ready gain­ing some at­ten­tion in their in­au­gu­ral year.

The only girl’s prep bas­ket­ball team east of On­tario, they took on the for­mi­da­ble ACAA All Stars on Nov. 18, their first game at home, los­ing 81-58.

Marc Ffrench, head coach and di­rec­tor of the school’s bas­ket­ball pro­gram, said de­spite some chal­lenges it was an ex­cit­ing game.

“We’re down a few bod­ies be­cause of some in­juries, in­clud­ing some of our highly re­cruited kids, which should be back in the next cou­ple of weeks,” Ffrench said. “The game was a lit­tle bit of a strug­gle.”

The ACAA All Stars in­cludes top play­ers from across At­lantic Canada, many of whom were from the Mount Saint Vin­cent Univer­sity Mys­tics.

The fi­nal score was 81-58 for the All Stars.

The prep bas­ket­ball pro­gram, much like the school’s prep hockey pro­gram, is a na­tional trav­el­ing team, com­pet­ing mainly against up­per-level or univer­sity teams.

They’ve got a lot of time on the road right up un­til March, with the bulk of their sea­son still to come.

It’s a bit un­usual for a prep team like this to play against univer­sity level play­ers, but Ffrench said it’s a good thing be­cause it pushes them to work even harder.

“We are the only prep girls’ team east of Ot­tawa,” he said. “For the level of com­pe­ti­tion that we’re striv­ing to play at, we do have to go against the col­lege and univer­sity teams in the re­gion.”

“Most of our girls are be­ing ac­tively re­cruited to play at uni­ver­si­ties once they graduate.”

Some of the ath­letes are be­ing scouted by NCAA schools, which host some of the top bas­ket­ball pro­grams in the world.

“At our first game in Toronto, some of the girls re­ceived schol­ar­ship of­fers that night, lit­er­ally min­utes af­ter the game,” he said. “Be­fore that game no­body knew about them, but af­ter that, they def­i­nitely did.”

Some of ath­letes al­ready mak­ing some waves in­clude Briar MacDon­ald from Antigo­nish, Macken­zie Smith from Shel­burne, Sa­van­nah Provo from Lake Echo and Aaliyah Arab-Smith from Hal­i­fax, Ffrench said.

“For our in­au­gu­ral year, I’m re­ally pleased with how things are go­ing,” he added. “We’ve been out re­cruit­ing al­ready for next year’s team.”

Ffrench is a new mem­ber of the school’s coach­ing staff, fo­cus­ing full time on the bas­ket­ball pro­gram and the girl’s prep team.

Orig­i­nally from Kentville, Ffrench came to KES fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful coach­ing ca­reer in Ot­tawa. His pro­gram at AY Jack­son Sec­ondary School had a strong run, with two con­sec­u­tive cham­pi­onship games from 2015 to 2017.

COLIN CHISHOLM

KES bas­ket­ball prep girls head coach Marc Ffrench chats with the team dur­ing their first home game on Nov. 18.

COLIN CHISHOLM

Heavyn Beals works her way down the court while play­ing against the ACAA All Stars

COLIN CHISHOLM

The KES prep girls bas­ket­ball team lines up prior to their first home game in Wind­sor

COLIN CHISHOLM

Macken­zie Smith makes her way down the court dur­ing the prep girls first home game.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.