Rumble young women, rumble

By Gordon Anderson

February 23, 2017 12:00 AM

UP, UP AND SWISH! Anna Chapelski of the Raiders girls basketball team goes for the hoop in the Hugh Morrell Border Classic girls final against the Bev Facey Falcons. The Raiders are in Cold Lake this weekend for the Cold Lake Royals Rumble. GORDON ANDERSON LLS PHOTO

The Raiders are taking its brand of basketball north for the weekend.
The Holy Rosary senior girls basketball team will take the journey up the road this weekend for the eight-team Cold Lake Royals Rumble, a roundball meeting place for 3A and 4A schools.
Raiders’ head coach Josh Lyons isn’t in the prediction game.
If he were, he’d have his own Sunday morning show, spitting out prop bets and point spreads. But he said he feels confident his young hoopsters have the necessary jam to get a good result.
“We always enter every tournament with a plan we’re going to win and this one is no different,” Lyons said.
“If we play well, and we do the things we need to, we’ve got a good shot at it but I never will make a prediction that ‘yes, this is going to be a victorious weekend.’ But, if we play in control, play confidently, and take care of the other aspects of the game we need to shore up, based on who’s there, we’ve got a good shot.”
The Raiders open up the tournament against Fort McMurray-based Westwood Trojans on Friday night at 6 p.m. If all goes well they could, potentially, face the Lloyd Comp Barons in the semifinal.
The Raiders have been idle since the Hugh Morrell Border Classic, where they lost 70-44 to the Bev Facey Falcons in the final at E.S. Laird.
“After the Bev Facey game we got a real slap in the face and a wake-up call in terms of what we need to be in order to compete against good teams,” Lyons said. “
“The last two and-a-half weeks we’ve focused on refining the little things and upping the intensity to make sure we’re well-rounded,” he said.
“At our level of 3A basketball, teams like Bev Facey are a good measuring stick for us because they’re as good as some of the teams we want to compete against. So, we need to be better.”
Prior to the loss in the final the Raiders had been on some kind of a tear, laying waste to all teams who stood in the way.
Including the Holy Rosary Invitational Tournament victory back in late January, the club entered the Hugh Morrell final on a six-game winning streak, outscoring the opponents 425-207 in those games.
The closest margin of victory was the 36-point win over the Lloyd Comp Barons to open up the Hugh Morrell.
Even with the lopsided wins, it still meant they were busy getting after it, still practising, taking in hoops-related ideas and concepts.
Lyons seems to think the two-week plus break did the body and mind a world of good.
“Not having any tournaments the last couple of weeks, hopefully, has re-ignited the fire and got them hungry again for some competition,” her said. “We’ve had a pretty hectic schedule since the new year. Since the first week of January we’ve been hard at work.
“Hopefully, we can lick our wounds and find that desire to get out there and compete a little bit. We need it. We’re in the home stretch and we’ve got meaningful games around every corner.”

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