Gravengard Wary of Young Ooks
Enjoy the first two wins. Then get right back to work.
Fresh off a 2-0 start to their 2007-2008 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference regular season, the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves women's basketball team gets set to leave the den for its first road games of the season.
They head to Edmonton to battle the NAIT Ooks Friday and Saturday, looking to improve to 4-0 , after their home-opening weekend sweep of the Lakeland Rustlers.
"We're just trying to prepare ourselves to take it to the next game," said Wolves head coach Kim Gravengard. "The girls have been working really hard on pressing and stressing their offence and pushing it to the limit. We're just trying to make sure we're going to get out there and play a fast game and make sure we use the talent we have correctly."
The Ooks bring a roster of mostly first-year players to the court this season.
One of those exceptions is Kelli Heavenor, who played for the Wolves two years ago and now plays alongside her sister, Jodi, with the Ooks.
"She's a guard and a strong girl," said Gravengard.
While there are a lot of first-year players on the NAIT roster, they are not to be taken lightly.
"They've got a lot more talent this year than they have in the past," said Gravengard. "They've always had a talented team but this year they go a little deeper than they have in the past. Instead of maybe five or six players they go about eight. So looking at them in preseason they were a pressing team. They really tried to get out there and create the traps."
Then there is Ooks wing Dale-Marie Cumberbatch, whom the Wolves will also have to contend with this weekend.
"She's a very tall, athletic and quick," said Gravengard. "So we're really going to push this weekend to keep the ball out of her hands and force them to use their other assets they do have."
Gravengard plans to keep the Wolves' lineup relatively the same as what she used last weekend, but with a little help from the bench as well.
"I think we'll stick with our same starters, probably rotating each weekend and seeing what works better," she said. "But there will definitely be a lot more use of our bench this weekend. We were able to use our bench a lot more in our Friday game compared to Saturday because it took us a little longer to get out of the gate.
"But I think we'll be capable this weekend of using our whole bench and using it to the full advantage that we do have."