Hoopsters finishing regular season in Camrose
So what exactly can the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves women’s basketball team expect as they face the Augustana University College Vikings this weekend?
Forget the scouting reports on the 6-15 Vikings. The Wolves will find out what they’re dealing with when they hit the road to Camrose Friday and Saturday.
“Augustana is the team that you just don’t know what to expect,” said Wolves head coach Kim Gravengard. “Besides us, they’re the only team in this league that has beat Concordia (18-4 and in first in the North). They’re a team you really have to focus on.”
The 14-8 Wolves sewed up third place in the North Division standings with their sweep over The King’s University College Eagles last weekend.
While the coming weekend won’t alter their ranking, Gravengard said her crew still wants to end their regular season on a winning note and ride that momentum right into the playoffs.
“You don’t want to go down there and just throw two games away,” she said. “You want to make sure you end your season on a good note. So we’re going to push hard for another sweep this weekend. I think the girls are capable of doing it.”
If they wish to snag another 2-0 weekend to cap off their season, they’ll have to deal with a sharp-shooting Vikings squad.
That means getting on their opponents before they have can get a look at the basket, said Gravengard.
“If they get hot, they get hot and they start sinking everything,” she said. “So you have to really shut their game down to make them turn it into a game on the inside and not an outside game. They don’t have as much structure on the inside. They’re a big outside shooting team, so we need to push hard to force them to play an inside game and keep the pace with us instead of us following them.”
Last weekend the Wolves used a fast-breaking, quick-paced game against a short-staffed Eagles squad.
Expect more hustle this weekend in hopes of pillaging the Vikings, said Gravengard.
“They’re the type of team that if you don’t stay up to pace with them they can take a lead on you and be ahead before you know it,” she said. “You have to keep pushing them. We’ve pushed really hard to be a fast-pace team this year. (Last) weekend was a good indication of it. I think if we stick with that momentum we’ll have a good chance of sweeping this weekend.”