Above: Rachael Bourque moves in to intercept the ball from Katie Turner of the Spartans.
Below: Coach Serge Froment talks after the Wolves opening game about his team’s success this season.
by Stephen Dafoe
It was a silver-medal weekend for the Morinville Community High School Senior Girls basketball team in their 21st Annual Invitational Tournament. The girls won 62-28 over St. Peter the Apostle in their opening game and moved on to face the Parkland Pacers early Saturday morning. A close 56-50 victory to start the day put the team into the Championship final against Holy Rosary Saturday night. MCHS emerged from that contest with an 64-58 upset to give them the silver.
The second-place finish is another notch for a team going from strength to strength.
“They’ve had a great start to the season – 10 wins and two losses,” said Coach Serge Froment, adding Friday’s opening win was important on the road to provincials. “It’s a great win to see that you are playing that well against teams that you are going to have to beat to get to provincials.”
The Wolves two losses this season have been at the hands of the top-ranked and fifth-ranked teams in the province.
Froment attributes the success to the continued improvement the team has shown over the past two seasons. “They’re playing very well. They’re following the system. They’re incredibly aggressive,” he said. “I’m very proud of their effort every game.”
The coach was particularly proud of the team’s opening game Friday. “We hustled to the point where we got to work on all our offences in the second half because with a nice cushion; the girls feel comfortable to stop and play some real basketball. Some half court basketball.
As the season has progressed, Froment is increasingly excited for his team and increasingly proud of what they have accomplished for themselves and their school.
“We’ve got 12 very committed girls and it’s showing in their results,” Froment said.