By Sarah Wilson, News Writer
With a different environment and more competition in Malaysia at the Girls Varsity ACSC Basketball Tournament, the team tried their best to come home with good results. The players had goals in mind and practiced strategies, ready to play their hardest in the games.
This being the first year that the girls varsity team was invited to the ACSC tournament, the team practiced different strategies to be prepared for the games. “We used a special defense for some of the games with specific girls targeting a specific player from the other team. Joanne Lee and Cindy Kang took turns guarding the other team’s best player, which gave our team a good advantage,” Ms. Jenkins, the Coach, explained.
When asked about any goals for the tournament, Ms. Jenkins said “Our main goals were to learn as much as we could from these teams and to have a fun tournament together to end our season.”
“My main goal for the tournament was to play my best with no regrets and to just have a good time overall and bring back home good memories,” Cindy Kang, the team Captain (grade 11), said.
Cindy said the greatest difference between playing in Malaysia at the tournament and playing a home game is the environment so she “tried to stay hydrated before and during the games” so that she could focus and use her “fullest energy.”
The team struggled at first with strategies and playing good games but with practiced plays and the players own strategies, the team managed to play good games.“I tried to watch other teams play and watch for their best players in order to play tighter defense on them when it was our turn to play against them,” said Cindy.
Along with playing in the tournament and hoping for good results, the team also got a chance to get closer with each other. “Playing a sport that we all enjoy playing for the whole week from morning to the afternoon and spending time in general with the team helped me get closer with the team,” Cindy concluded.
There was a total of eight teams at the tournament and the girls played six games. Although they didn’t win any of the games, they all said it was a great experience and would like to go back and play again next year.