Wolves Women's Hoops Squad Gets Trial By Fire
October 3 2006
By JEFF KORENKO
The GPRC Wolves women's hoops squad didn't take too kindly to the way they were treated in playing their first exhibition games of the season on the
And they showed it on the hardwood.
Head coach Mark Catling took his team to B.C. to play Prince George with the notion that the games would provide him an excellent opportunity to get his
younger, inexperienced players some valuable court time and the expectation going in was their opponents were willing to take the same tack.
From the first jump ball, however, it was apparent Prince George wanted to run the Wolves out of the gym, as their coach played all her top players for
the duration in both games.
The result was the Wolves were defeated 62-52 and 62-49.
No matter, Catling said Monday.
"We went down there with the mindset that we were taking 14 players, would sit out some regulars and let everyone try and play as many equal minutes as
we can. We thought the other team was going to do the same and it didn't turn out that way, but that's the way it goes," he said.
"We were happy all in all with what we accomplished and playing some players. We kept both games competitive and close."
Despite the squad's resilient effort, the team was still caught a tad off guard by what they experienced. But what transpired in the first game Friday
didn't deter Catling and the players from what they wanted to accomplish. A team meeting after the first game cemented the squad's resolve.
(Prince George's coach) played her starters and really tried to give it to us. The girls held their own and played well considering we were sitting out
three of our regular players both nights. We were very happy with the way the bench played and how everyone responded to that," said Catling.
"Pre-season doesn't count for anything in January, so by giving everyone a chance to play and spreading the minutes around as equally as possible, we
are hoping that will bode well for us once league play comes up in a few weeks."
The women play two more pre-season games this weekend in Red Deer, where the plan is to once again spread the minutes around in the first game, then go
with a lineup similar to the one that will start the season in a few week's time.