Graeme Arkell provides instruction at the bench to the Chemainus junior girls basketball team. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Graeme Arkell provides instruction at the bench to the Chemainus junior girls basketball team. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus junior girls basketball team members stay positive despite lopsided loss

So many players are new to the game it’ll take time to get on the same page

It’ll be back to the drawing board for the Chemainus Secondary School Cougars junior girls basketball team when play resumes in January after the holiday break.

The last game of the schedule’s 2018 portion didn’t go so well for the Cougars, as they lost 68-7 to Cowichan at the Quamichan campus in Duncan.

Coach Graeme Arkell wasn’t making excuses, but “most of our girls on the team are playing their first season of competitive basketball,” he pointed out.

“I continue to emphasize to our girls that we are going to focus on fundamental basketball skills this season like positioning on defence and offence, learning passing and shooting techniques, and communication. Despite the obvious growing pains, I am honestly very happy that we are able to offer a girls basketball program this season.”

Arkell called all of his allotted timeouts during the latest game, pausing frequently to talk with the girls about the many areas for improvement he saw.

“A few of the main themes addressed were staying between your check and the hoop on defence, the head and shoulder rule on defence, and faking a pass to make a pass,” he indicated.

”We did improve as the game went on, but we have a long, long way to go. On the positive end of things, our girls have a very positive attitude. They cheer each other on and aren’t phased by the lopsided losses we’ve had so far.”

The Cougars return to action Jan. 15 at Brentwood College. Their next home game isn’t until Jan. 31 against Shawnigan Lake School.