North Nova varsity girls basketball holding second invitational
NEW GLASGOW – With regionals approaching quickly the North Nova Gryphons varsity girls basketball team are hosting their second invitational of the season.
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Meredith Hynes of the North Nova Gryphons varsity girls basketball team is shown during a game earlier this season against the J.H. Gillis Royals. Hynes and the Gryphons will hold their second home tournament this weekend on Friday and Saturday.
After falling 55-51 to Amherst in the final of their December invitational the team had a break for the Christmas holidays. Coach Anne Armstrong said a break midway through the season is a good thing as it’s always good for teenagers to have time off by themselves away from practices and games.
Since coming back from the holidays they have played more than they have practised, which according to Armstrong has meant the team has struggled to quickly get back to where they were in December.
Last weekend they travelled to Charlottetown for the Confederation City Classic where they went 2-2, defeating Westisle and Sackville High School, while falling to Bluefield and Charlottetown Rural.
“This week we will be working a lot on our defensive concepts,” said Armstrong. “We’ve also been doing a lot of decision making (putting players in game situations) lately, so we’ll be working more on that.”
Armstrong said the team is ahead of where she thought they’d be at this point in the season, but that there is always work to be done. Their goal going into the season was being more competitive with teams like CEC, Amherst and J.H. Gillis.
“We were six points away from CEC and 10 from Amherst before the break, which shows our progress,” she said. “We’re struggling right now, but hope to get back to where we were in December.”
Focusing on fundamentals and building a program has been the main reason the Gryphons are finding themselves in games they weren’t in prior years. Armstrong said working on fundamentals has helped the team improve year after year, as well as this season.
“By focusing on our groups fundamentals we’re helping to build skill, which makes us more competitive because of our execution in games against teams that have been around longer,” she said. “We’re working on the skills the kids use in the games to get better and be successful, not just the strategies.”
With CEC and Amherst having “storied” programs, the focus for North Nova is to build theirs to a point that a strong fundamental base and hard work are ingrained within the Gryphons name as well. This weekend will be a good chance for the team to build towards regionals and get back on track according to Armstrong.
Before regionals, the week of Feb. 10, the team has one more game against CEC and two tournaments, as well as a break for exams.
The original schedule for the invitational had to be changed after a team had to back out. A team has been added in their spot, but the schedule has not been made available yet. Check back for an update with the weekend schedule.
2 p.m. Springhill vs. Avonview
4 p.m. CEC vs. Parkview
6 p.m. Amherst vs. Springhill
8 p.m. Parkview vs. North Nova
9 a.m. Avonview vs. Amherst
11 a.m. CEC vs. North Nova
1 p.m. 3rd A vs. 3rd B
3 p.m. 2nd A vs. 2nd B
5 p.m. 1st A vs. 1st B
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