Hoops coach happy with pre-season progress
TERRY FARRELL - Herald-Tribune sports editor
October 7th, 2008
The Wolves had one more rehearsal session on the basketball court before the beginning of the season and overall, coach Kin Gravengard is happy with what she saw.
"It was a productive weekend," she said of the tournament in Calgary, hosted by SAIT. "There was good play by most of the girls. Everybody was showing pretty well and we got a few more of the first-years out there a little bit more for some more court experience, which is nice."
The Grande Prairie Regional College squad had a similar draw to the tournament of a couple of weeks ago.
They played both Red Deer College and Lethbridge College, for the second straight weekend.
And for the second straight weekend, they beat Red Deer and lost to Lethbridge.
It was the loss against Lethbridge that drew the most interest from Gravengard.
"It was a much better game than two weeks ago," said Gravengard of the 83-62 loss. "It was a six-point game at the half.
"We're still not where we want to be, but it's good to see where we will be. We got some good compliments from the Lethbridge coach. He said he's played everybody in the North and sees no reason why we can't be on the top."
The difference between the Wolves and the Kodiaks came down to one player: Kayla Lambert.
"She far exceeds the college level," said Gravengard. "She's just a phenomenal player. At the top of the third (quarter) she already had 25 points. She drives, she shoots, she dishes, she does it all.
"You take her out of the equation and it's probably a five-point game.
"But other than that, it was good. We played a lot of our vets this time against them and they did very well, particularly our posts."
Gravengard figures the South to be a two-team battle between the Kodiaks and Mount Royal.
"It'll be a fight for the third place, but yeah, Lethbridge and Mount Royal will be the top. As far as the North goes, it will be just like last year. Concordia and Grant MacEwan will be solid, as well as King's and ourselves. It's been like that the last few years, with those four teams rotating among the top."
The Wolves rounded out the weekend with a 73-35 victory over Olds College, an A-Calibre team, still trying to gain entry into the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference.
"They're a very young team, so we used it as another opportunity to play a lot of our bench," said Gravengard. "We benched a lot of our vets. Melissa Buhler, Laura Dunston and Jaelle Duinker did not even dress. It was a good chance for our new girls to execute and see where they are. They did a good job. We had a lot of ups and downs, but we got to see what they (rookies) can really do.
"I learned a lot about the team this weekend - where we are and where we need to be. Come next week it's already regular season so it was a good chance to see the young ones before the vets take over."