Mustangs improve hoops skills with B.C.

Pair of players from Maggie please with provincial-level experience

Megan Admussen-Blair and Danielle Ruocco said competing with the under-16 girls provincial basketball team as a great experience.

The pair of Princess Margaret Mustangs played in six tournaments from mid May to late July.

Admussen-Blair said the teams they faced were stronger  and more competitive than what she’s used to in league play with the Mustangs. Playing post, Admussen-Blair became a better player.

“I feel like I can drive to the hoop and post up better,” said Admussen-Blair, who took in the Penticton Basketball camp this week. “My dribbling skills are way better.”

Ruocco said she learned a lot from playing with the team and that they earned good results.

“We finished third in Las Vegas (Ballin’ in the Ballroom) and we did pretty good in all the other tournaments,” she said.

Ruocco and Admussen-Blair loved playing in Las Vegas as the gym was downstairs in the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort. They both enjoyed the convenience walking from their room to the gym, instead of taking a bus.

As for the coaching, Ruocco said it was good. She said head coach Paul Chiarenza and his assistants of Leanne Evans and Montanna Howe possessed a lot of knowledge. While they were strict with practices, they still kept it fun.