In just two years, Britney Peters has come a long way from being the NPSS forward who helped lead the girls basketball team to two zone championships and two provincials appearances. Now, Peters is a co-captain on the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves basketball team, in her second season at the college level.
Peters was named the Wolves rookie of the year for the 2017-18 season, and is one of two returning players on this year’s team — a leader in her sophomore season. She is second on the team in both scoring and rebounds with 12.7 and 5.5 per game, respectively.
“She plays a huge leadership role on the court, in practice, and in the classroom. (Peters) is the heart and soul on our team, tries to get everyone going, and is selfless,” said Mandy Botham, head coach of the Wolves.
Playing college basketball is everything Peters hoped it would be and more.
Being on the basketball team makes such a huge difference. You kind of have a family and there’s nothing that compares to it. I can’t imagine not being a student athlete and just being a student,” Peters said.
Still, it hasn’t been easy to make the jump from high school to college.
“It was such a big jump, I never thought it would be that hard. I worked on a lot of stuff over the summer, my coach and teammates were super supportive, and our team has so much chemistry now and it results in more looks for all of us,” said Peters.
As a team, the Wolves continue to struggle, but have been better as of late. In the 2017-18 season, the Wolves won just two games and were at the bottom of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) standings. This year, the team is 0-6, but is coming off four straight competitive games against tough competition.
Last weekend, they hosted the conference-leading University of Alberta-Augustana team, whose record is 7-1. They beat the Wolves 68-60 on Nov. 2 and 66-51, a far cry from losing 75-46 to The King’s University Eagles, who are just 2-4, in the second game of the season.
In the second game against UAA, Peters had 15 points and seven rebounds.
Botham has been impressed with the work Peters has done in her game over the summer, and how she has accepted the scoring role Botham has given to her.
“She brings the ball up for us well, and has great footwork in the post. She’s under size, but because she has a great basketball IQ and is physically strong, does a great job against those bigger players,” said Botham.
Peters is studying education, and wants to be a teacher, and possibly a basketball coach as well. As for her future in basketball, she is in the midst of switching from the two-year program to the five-year program at GPRC, and plans on playing for the Wolves for a long time to come.
“I can’t imagine not playing, so we’ll see where it goes (after school). I’m focusing on our team being competitive and on how we can take our team to the next level,” said Peters.
Next up for Peters and the Wolves are two home games against the 3-3 Keyano College team, Nov. 16 and 17.
— with files from Dave Lueneberg
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