Both basketball teams coming off big wins in Edmonton
Fresh off a solid 1-1 showing against the North Division-leading Concordia University College Thunder last weekend in Edmonton, motivation has not been a factor in the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves women’s basketball team’s camp.
“With my girls playing like they did on Saturday and that flow continuing, they’re pumped,” said Wolves head coach Kim Gravengard on her team’s 81-78 win over the Thunder.
Now as the 5-1 MacEwan Griffins come calling to the GPRC gymnasium today and Saturday, the Wolves are licking their chops to prove to teams across the league that last weekend was no fluke and that these Wolves are ready to run with the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference’s big dogs.
“They see that every game is the last game and that’s how we have to play it,” said Gravengard. “Every game is important and every game is crucial and they’re going to play it like it’s the final game of the year and that’s what they did on Saturday and I believe they’re going to continue that (during) this Friday and Saturday’s game. We should take the sweep if they keep playing the way they are.”
The two teams locked horns in the exhibition season, but Gravengard wasn’t about to put too much stock into a pre-season game.
The Wolves skipper said the key to success will not only be maintaining the high from last weekend’s showing in Edmonton, but tiring out the slightly less-staffed Griffins.
“I think the big key for us is to run them down. They really only have nine players playing right now. We have 12 and that’s a lot of bench to rotate,” said Gravengard.
Meanwhile, those fired-up vibes the team enjoyed on the bus ride home from Edmonton last weekend haven’t died down with the Griffins beckoning this weekend.
Simply put, they’ve seen what their best performance can bring to the table and this weekend the Wolves are looking for an encore.
“The girls came out of Friday’s (loss) and were (saying) ‘We were so close. We just have to push it.’ And they did it,” said Gravengard. “And when they saw they were capable of doing that – from the coaching staff to the players that we were all able to get there at the same time – they were stoked and (realized) they really are good. You say it in your head, but to believe it is another thing and they know what they’re capable of now and it was a good swing in the pendulum. They’re ready to go.”