Gryphons dominate on path to provincials

Maybe some of the minds were on the upcoming school break but anyone at the recent game between the Smithers Secondary Gryphons senior girls basketball squad and the Caledonia Kermodes could easily see why coach Chris van der Mark is seeking out some more challenging competitions with the tournaments he has his charges headed for.

Simple. Gryphons 80, Kermodes 34. And that was without all of the starters he could send out.

The first half of the game was perhaps a bit rough but the locals were definitely still in charge. Following the half however, it was all Smithers as they dominated every aspect of the game.

Shots were dropping in from all over the court, layups were up and in, shots were being blocked and one-on-ones were being won.

Of course coach van der Mark was not 100 per cent satisfied, but what coach on a mission ever is satisfied completely. Perfection is not a simple task.

After a couple of challenging tournaments, the team has had a good taste of what they should expect to meet as they go on to the provincial level tournament from regional play. Caledonia is one of the teams they will have to control if they are to progress beyond the zone level.

That progression appears to be a good bet but simply attending the provincial championships is not the goal. Playing there and coming out with a high ranking is more along the lines of what the coach has in mind for the team.

Smithers does not have the luxury of a large number of senior class players. They also do not have the indulgence of an off-season league which many of the players in larger communities can access in order to brush up their skills.

That said, local athletes have a history of doing very well beyond the regional level, possibly due to their well-rounded sport skills from participation in a variety of sports as they develop through their youth and teen years.

sports@interior-news.com

 

Ball control and steals were an important part of the game and will help the teams as it tries for higher goals. Tom Best photo

The Gryphons girls were able to go inside for uncontested layups. (Tom Best photo)

Just Posted

Time to let go

Northern Lights Wildlife shelter near Smithers set to release orphaned animals this spring.

All that jazz

Smithers Secondary show they have all that jazz with their performance of Chicago.

Minerals North to draw hundreds

This is second time Houston has hosted northern mining industry.

NWCC gets green light for name change

The name Coast Mountain College in effect as of June 18

Tree branch damages VIA Rail train between Prince Rupert and Prince George

Passenger train has delayed the scheduled route on April 22

Toronto van attack suspect faces 10 counts of first-degree murder

The suspect in the Toronto van attack that killed 10 people and injured 15 others on Monday is a 25-year-old man named Alek Minassian

Jury to deliberate after Cosby painted as predator

A jury of seven men and five women are to decide actor Bill Cosby’s fate

Memorial to victims of Toronto van attack continues to grow

The subway station where a van was used to run down pedestrians has reopened in Toronto

Small aircraft touches down on Calgary street

The twin-engine plane was apparently short on fuel forcing an emergency landing

B.C.’s living wage increase curbed due to MSP cuts, child care subsidy: report

Living wage varies between $16.51 in north central B.C. to $20.91 in Metro Vancouver

Doctor sees healing power in psychedelic plant as Peru investigates death of B.C. man

Peru’s attorney general has ordered the arrest of two suspects in the killing of 41-year-old Sebastian Woodroffe

Toronto police officer ‘gave himself the space and time’ in van attack

Footage shows officer standing up, turning off his siren and talking clearly to the suspect

$1.18 to $1.58 a litre: Are you paying the most for gas in B.C.?

Gas prices across B.C. vary, with lowest in Vernon and highest in – you guessed it – Metro Vancouver

Inquest set 10 years after B.C. woman shot, left to die

Lisa Dudley, and her partner, Guthrie McKay were shot in their Mission home in September 2008

Most Read