Wolves latest to tame Huskies
By TERRY FARRELL, Herald-Tribune staff
January 25, 2011
It took one half for the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves to get rid of their bus legs, but once that happened, so did the expected result.
The Wolves swept the Keyano Huskies in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference women's basketball over the weekend, winning 78-51 Friday and 67-42 Saturday.
The end result comes as no surprise, considering the 12-2 Wolves are ranked No. 5 in the country and the Huskies have not won a game all season (0-14). But the home side did give the favourites a bit of a scare Friday night.
The Wolves led by only three points at the half (32-29).
"Friday's game they (Huskies) played like a team with nothing to lose and I think for a while we took them for granted," said Wolves coach Dave Waknuk. "They made shots and hung around for a while. We made some adjustments at halftime but it was definitely a slow, ugly start."
Travel was a minor factor in the Wolves' slow start. Although they broke up the trip from Grande Prairie to Fort McMurray into two parts, they still travelled five hours from Edmonton on Friday.
"Bus legs were definitely there, we were pretty sluggish, energy-wise," said Waknuk. "Everything looked to be in slow motion for the first 20 (minutes)."
The Wolves took the halftime pep talk to heart, particularly Andria Carlyon, who, after a quiet first half, finished the game with 28 points and 17 rebounds.
"She knew at halftime she needed to play better and responded to a challenge," said Waknuk. "It speaks to her character. She knew she didn't have a good first half and she came out with probably her best hustle and effort (of the season) to get things going in the second half. Anyone with that kind of talent, when they work that hard, good things are going to happen and sure enough it happened for her in the second half.
"But the whole team really got going. I think (her numbers) were the result of everybody stepping up their intensity."
It was Carlyon's 11th double double of the season and the second time she has completed a double double counting only her offensive rebounds. She had 11 offensive boards on Friday night.
Carlyon had 18 points and 10 offensive boards in a game against Grant MacEwan, Oct. 29.
"She continues to do things in games that I haven't seen in a long time," said Waknuk.
Jaelle Buhler (13), Martine Deinum (12) and Katarina Fialova (10) also hit double digits in points.
There was no sluggish start in Saturday's rematch.
The Wolves outscored the Huskies 20-9 in each of the first two quarters, for a 40-18 halftime lead.
"The girls left Friday's game not happy with their performance and games like these, it's all about our own quality of basketball," said Waknuk. "Saturday they went in knowing we need to play better and they did. Saturday's game the difference was the defensive intensity. We challenged the veterans to play better defensively and they definitely went out and did that. Jaelle Buhler set the tone early and everyone (followed her lead)."
Carlyon (17) and Fialova (12) were the only Wolves to hit double digits in scoring, as nine GPRC players had at least two points in the game.
The Wolves host the 5-9 Lakeland Rustlers this upcoming weekend. Waknuk is hopeful his players do not put too much stock into Lakeland's record.
"Lakeland is a better team than their record - they are scrappy," said Waknuk. "They don't go away easily. They are not getting blown out of games. They are hanging around and they area tough team."
Game times are 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday.