Hughenden Junior girls basketball team working hard!

The small but mighty junior girls Wildcat basketball team, from left to right, Dawsyn Bomersback, Breanna McQuaid, Jaylynn McQuaid, Thalia Legault, Tehya Lunde and in front, Joni Motley. ECA Review/Submitted

Hughenden Public School doesn’t have a big girls’ basketball girls team this year, but that only means the team members have to put in their best every practice and every game.

Thalia Legault, Grade 9 student and one of only six Junior players, says that despite the small numbers, playing basketball helps clear her mind from stress and all her problems disappear when she’s focused on the game.

It makes her feel good about herself.

“It’s like having a second family,” said Legault.

“We’re doing pretty good, especially with only six players when other teams have 10. We only hope for the best!”

Coaching these Junior Wildcats are Danielle Stankievich and Brooke Morrison.

Usually, it is decided that there should be one captain for a team but because this team is so small,  Stankievech and Morrison have decided to rotate the captaincy to allow more opportunity to be a leader for their team.

The purpose of a captain is to lead in warm-up drills and keep the positive energy flowing.

Legault feels that her small team works well with each other overall.

“Most of the time we communicate. Sometimes we get frustrated at each other but we are working hard to win.”

They’ll have their next chance at the Wildcat Invitational this weekend, when they will host the EH Walter Trojans from Paradise Valley, Alta., the JR Robson Marauders and the St. Jerome’s Spartans from Vermilion, the Brownfield Bobcats and the Provost Panthers and the STA Angels from Provost.

by Makenna Lomheim

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