OK Hoops a threat with pace
Playing in the Kelowna Minor Basketball Association has been about improving against older competition for the Okanagan Hoops girls basketball team.
Chris Terris, coach of the under-13 squad, said the key for his group, made up of mostly KVR students, is controlling the pace, which they are getting better at. With the team lacking size, it’s important they control the pace against bigger teams.
“If we don’t control the pace then we usually get beat up pretty badly on the boards,” said Terris. “They are a very athletic team. We press well. We run the floor very well. Controlling the pace allows them to get in transition, which is our bread and butter.”
Jennifer Hayman, who netted eight points and grabbed six rebounds in Wednesday’s 61-21 win over the KMBA U13 team, has enjoyed playing in the league because of its competitiveness.
“I’m looking forward to it but I’m also kind of nervous,” said Hayman of the playoffs. “Everyone is going to be going that much harder.”
“I think it’s going to be fun,” said Kate Coombes, who has improved her shooting and layup skills. “It will be hard, but not too hard.”
Coombes also likes the league because it’s more challenging, especially playing some Grade 8 teams.
With the Hoops winning on Wednesday to finish first with a 7-2 record, it gives them a better matchup. Behind them in second are the X-men, who challenge the Hoops with their size. In third are the Vikings followed by the KMBA U13 in last. Terris was hoping for that top spot to let the X-men and Vikings “battle each other.”
In the Hoops’ win Wednesday, Kayley Davies led the offence with 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds to go with six steals.
“Kayley played with terrific energy. Eight of her nine rebounds were at the offensive end,” said Terris. “She terrorized the other team all night.”
Liev Elder scored 10 points while collecting four rebounds and four steals. Kalli Doell scored eight points, while Emma Terris and Olivia Devito scored seven and six points respectively. The Hoops finished with 31 steals, the most in the half court since the KMBA doesn’t allow pressing when a team builds a 10-point lead. Terris said this allowed his players to get out and run as they moved the ball well.
The playoff format is a one-game elimination and the Hoops play their semifinal on June 11.