The Westsyde Whundas senior girls may be a solid second-half basketball team, but they won't win many games by scoring only three points in the opening quarter.
The Whundas opened the Fulton Cup preseason city championships with a 48-43 victory over the St. Ann's Crusaders at the Tournament Capital Centre on Wednesday. Westsyde pulled off the victory despite a miserable opening 10 minutes, in which it scored only three points.
"We pride ourselves . . . well, less than pride ourselves on being a second-half team," said Whundas head coach Brian Ledoux. "It showed again today.
"We did everything we needed to do in the second half to win, and I'm proud of the girls."
Fortunately for Westsyde, the Crusaders didn't make a whole lot happen in the first quarter - they scored only 12 points - and then struggled in the second quarter.
Westsyde finally got things going, and was consistent over the final three quarters.
"I yelled at them," joked Ledoux, when asked what caused his team's turnaround. "I think the girls got more comfortable as the game progressed. When they come in and they've never played in this big gym, they get a bit nervous."
Hannah Stainton had a strong game for the Whundas, scoring 23 points. She even impressed her coach.
"She played really well," Ledoux said. "She's our only Grade 10, and she's on a senior team. We brought her up from the junior team . . . and she's awesome."
Sierra Gladu scored 13 points to lead the Crusaders, who will drop into the consolation side and can finish no higher than fourth. St. Ann's is scheduled to play the Ashcroft Rams in a consolation game today, 1:30 p.m., at the TCC.
The Whundas move into the semifinals, where they will play the South Kamloops Titans today, 4:45 p.m., at the TCC.
The great thing about the Fulton Cup is that it brings together all different levels of teams - St. Ann's is A, Westsyde is AA and South Kam is AAA.
But it's also bad news for the Whundas, as the Titans are No. 1 in the provincial AAA rankings, the defending provincial AAA champions and the winners of their first two tournaments this season. South Kam, despite missing one of its top players, centre Emma Wolfram, beat Ashcroft 84-22 on Wednesday.
"We're going to have our hands full, but South Kam is in a different league - they're AAA, we're AA," Ledoux said. "But I'm glad we're going to get to play them - I tell the girls to be happy to face the challenge."
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