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League losses a learning experience for Cowichan girls

Cowichan T-Birds' girls' basketball team is working on making adjustments following the first two games of the new year in the North Island AAA Girls' Basketball League.

Cowichan ventured to Vanier and lost 63-42 Thursday in a game that was much closer than the score indicated. Cowichan was only down 29-24 at halftime.

The girls' overall play — rebounds, passing, running of the offense, fast break and press-breaking — was much better.

Last Tuesday on their home court, the T-Birds were beaten 46-26 by Carihi in a game coach Jim Nugent felt was winnable.

"We started well but they increased pressure on our girls,'' noted Nugent.

"We made mistakes that showed our inexperience. We still have trouble sticking to our game plan as the game changes and in this game we got pushed around pretty well by a very physical team. These things are just part of a young team learning to play at the senior girls' level.''

On a positive note, Nugent added the girls are eager to learn and he expects that will produce improved results down the road.

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