Lakers coach not disappointed with loss
The Pen High Lakers senior girls basketball team lost 65-43 in South Kamloops Tuesday night to the Titans.
Trailing 22-4 in the opening quarter, coach Lesley Lacroix said her players were unable to match the Titans man-to-man.
“We switched to zone and played better defence against their inside play and perimetre shooting,” said Lacroix. “Annie Plant found her offensive stride in this game, hitting two key three’s to start the second quarter and second half and get our team in a scoring mode.”
Natasha Reimer was given the task of defending against a six-foot-two post, but Reimer played strong, collecting 10 steals and chipping in six points.
Emily Clarke continues to bring her best to the season’s second half with 13 points, including two from long distance.
“I’m not terribly disappointed, knowing full well we’d have a hard time matching up against last year’s provincial champions who continue to hold a strong spot in the top 10 teams in the province,” said Lacroix, who credited the past work coaches Chris Terris and Dustin Hyde did with her players. “We need to stop these weak first quarter starts and see if we can play a full 40 minutes against tough teams.”
The Lakers return to action Jan. 31 as they play in a tournament hosted by the Kelowna Owls.