Girls press the issue against GNS
Glenlyon Norfolk School didn’t have an answer for relentless pressure put on early by the Duncan Christian School Chargers in a senior girls’ single-A basketball league game at the DCS gym Tuesday afternoon.
A full-court press made it difficult for Glenlyon to get across the centre line in time and staked DCS to an 18-8 first-quarter lead.
The margin reached 40-12 at the half and 60-24 after three quarters and DCS maintained control to the end for a 77-26 victory.
“That’s the idea if you’ve got to put it out there,’’ said DCS coach Michelle Nederlof of her team’s stifling defence.
The one downside for the Chargers was they missed a lot of shots that might normally have been crucial in a closer game.
“We have to work on our outside shooting,’’ Nederlof said. “They know that and they’re committed to that.’’
The seven players on the DCS roster all contributed to the scoring and the defensive plan.
Rachael Bakker led the offense with 21 points and 16 rebounds while Olivia Bakker added 17 points and 19 rebounds and Becky Bazinet contributed 15 points and made eight steals.
Grade 9 student Brenna Bazinet looked calm, cool and collected in putting a dozen points on the board. Lauren King-Nyberg had six points and eight steals, Victoria Neufeld scored four points and added seven rebounds and Carli Patterson had two points and seven rebounds.
“They’re a good bunch of girls,’’ said Nederlof. “I’ve been fortunate the last few years.’’
DCS has a great program in place now, with Michelle King grooming the junior girls for advancement.
Previously, DCS played in the cross-zone tournament at Langley Christian. The Chargers lost 55-38 to a strong Credo Christian team, crushed Xit’olacw School from the Pemberton area 89-24 and fell 53-44 to Unity Christian.
“Unity has a bench the size of our team,’’ said Nederlof.
Becky Bazinet, Rachael Bakker and Olivia Bakker were the respective players of the game.
At the Ladysmith Invitational, the team won two games handily and lost two close battles.