Wolves awaken to sweep Rustlers
By TERRY FARRELL, Herald-Tribune staff
February 1st, 2011
The Grande Prairie Regional Colleges Wolves overcame poor starts in both games last weekend to sweep the Lakeland Rustlers in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference women's basketball action.
"For sure, maybe not the starts we wanted but definitely the finishes we wanted," said Wolves coach Dave Waknuk of the 90-60 (Friday) and 73-48 (Saturday) Wolves victories.
"Those games are ones that you want to win and want to play better in and there were some good moments."
Friday night the Wolves were down 41-33 with two minutes to play in the first half. Waknuk called a time-out, discussed issues with his players and the game turned around.
"The thing about having a veteran group is... they trust in their abilities and they trust that they can get things done," said Waknuk. "So we can dig ourselves out of these holes. They stay calm."
The Wolves scored six straight points to end the first, then scored the first seven points of the second, turning the deficit into a 46-41 lead.
The Wolves outscored the Rustlers 51-19 in the second half.
"I thought the second half on Friday night was as good a half as I have seen not only our team play, but maybe any Wolves team play," said Waknuk. "The big stat there is that they (Rustlers) shot 45% in the first half and only 15% in the second."
It didn't take as long for the girls to get on track Saturday.
They trailed by a point (13-12) after 10 minutes, but outscored the Rustlers 22-6 in the second half to take a 15-point lead into the halftime break. The final on Saturday was 73-48.
"Saturday was an ugly one. It was one of those games where I think everyone just wanted to get out of that gym as quickly as possible," said Waknuk.
Falling behind early is no novelty for the 14-2 Wolves. Nor is coming back to win. They have trailed seven times this season, going into the second quarter. Their record is 5-2 in those games.
"It's a dangerous game to play, spotting teams a quarter before you get going," said Waknuk.
"Against SAIT (Jan. 14) we had one bad quarter (21-12 first quarter) and that was the difference in the game (81-71 loss). So it's not a trend that I want to see continue, that's for sure."
"On the flip side, having third quarters and fourth quarters like we are having is a very good thing. We are closing games out, we are keeping composure, we're not breaking under pressure. So if we could just get off to a better start.
"You know, we are still looking for that complete game. I think it's going to happen. I hope it happens during the most important games of the year."
It won't happen for a couple of weeks, at earliest. The Wolves have a bye this weekend.
Wolves "lesser lights" shine on weekend
By Terry Farrell, Herald-Tribune staff
February 1st, 2011
With the Lakeland Rustlers paying close attention to ACAC scoring leader Andria Carlyon, it was time for others to step into the spotlight.
Rookie Katlyn Roberts was the Wolves leading scorer Friday night, with 20 points, including four three-pointers. She also had four rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes of play.
"Katlyn had a breakout game," said coach Dave Waknuk, of the Prince George product's best offensive output of the season. "She was a high recruit for me. I knew she was someone who could have that big game and someone I knew could be that X-factor, because she can make that shot.
"We have players that teams are going to key on, like Andria and Jaelle (Buhler). So other players are going to get open. For a first-year player to have the nerves of steel to knock down those shots, that's nice. On Friday I think she scored seven of our first nine points in the (second) half. She's going to be a huge player for us."
Another player with a big game was Lenka Rohova, who had 14 points (tying a season high) and 10 assists.
Waknuk's starting guard is quietly going about her duties in the shadow of the likes of Carlyon and Buhler.
While Buhler is the one garnering the attention from the opposition, it's Rohova who leads the team in assists.
She is one of only two players in the entire ACAC to average more than five assists per game (5.29). She trails only Jessica Anderson of King's University College (5.67).
"Lenka has been leading us in minutes all year and has really developed into the complete point guard," said Waknuk. "Not only is she a great playmaker, which she has been for the last year and a half, but now she's scoring as well.
"She makes so many things happen on both the offensive and defensive end. She's a huge part of our team. She doesn't always get the spotlight that the others get, but she is as important, if not more important, than anybody else."
Saturday was Chelsea Comeau's turn to shine. Her 19-point effort was a season high, but accounted for more than 25% of her offence for the season. She came into Saturday with 52 points this season.
She also had seven rebounds, three assists and a steal in 30 minutes of work.
"Chelsea had a career afternoon," said Waknuk. "Again, Lakeland's strategy was to key on the post players and make someone else score and Chelsea did that. That 19 points is a credit to all the hard work she puts in."
The performances of Comeau and Roberts is a testament to the depth of Waknuk's team.
"That's going to set us up really well for playoffs," said Waknuk. "We have certain players that are always going to demand attention, but if we have other players who can step up like that, that's huge."