NPSS Grizzlies basketball teams were back in action this weekend after a well deserved break over the holidays. The Senior teams were in Grande Prairie for the Pow Wow tournament hosted by GP Comp., and the Junior teams were in Fort Nelson for an exhibition tournament.
The senior girls started off strong with a 55-20 win over LaCrete JV on Friday night. On Saturday, they had a tight 55-51 win over Glenmary, which put them in the finals against PWA. The girls stepped up big offensively and defensively during the championship game and battled to a 53-37 win. Team captain Alexis Ziebart was chosen as the tournament MVP, while Maria Giesbrecht was selected as a tournament All-Star.
The senior boys started with an 81-56 win over High Level on Friday night. On Saturday, they lost 92-82 to host team GP Comp, which put them against PWA to play for 3rd. With a competitive mindset, and lead by clutch performances from Liam Peterson, Mason Miranda and Michael McDermott, the boys took the win 84-77 to finish the weekend in 3rd place. Michael McDermott was named a tournament All-Star.
The junior girls went undefeated in their first tournament of the season, with wins over Fort Nelson Senior Huskies and Chetwynd. The tournament provided a great opportunity for the team to put what they've been working on in practice into action. The girls were lead by strong offensive performances from Bella Ziebart and Mykenzie Beech, while Jenna "Muscles" Miranda lead the team on defensive boards. The girls play at home this weekend in the Bert Bowes New Years Classic, with their first game at 4:30 p.m. on Friday
Lastly, the junior boys went undefeated in Fort Nelson against Fort Nelson Senior Huskies and their Alumni team. The Grizzlies had a slow start in their first game until Colton “Teddy Graham” Dyck got the things turned around before the end of the first half with some big threes to take a narrow lead at the half. The third quarter saw the bench keep the game close with some big minutes from George “Waluigi” Yanev, Tanner “The Muscle” Scriven and James “Mr. Nice Guy” Troyer. Finally the Grizzlies were able to push the lead to twenty points in the fourth quarter thanks to some big minutes from Gryphon “Fish” Talbot. In the second game, the Grizzlies were in tough against a skilled alumni team. Giving up a considerable amount of size in the post against a more mature team, forwards Ethan Middleton and Parker Nielson battled all night long to grab rebounds and make shots difficult. Ultimately, adjustments from assistant coach Gabe Gonzales and timely buckets from Triston Stockall helped the Grizzlies come away with a one point win.
Up Next: The senior teams have this weekend off, while the junior girls play at home and the junior boys head to Prince George.
Athletes of the Week
Male Athlete of the Week: Gryphon "Fish" Talbot (Gr. 10, Junior Boys). Fish put up some big points when the team needed it the most. Leading by example, he was the driving force behind the offence all weekend. Congrats Fish!
Female Athlete of the Week: Jenna "Muscles" Miranda (Gr. 10, Jr Girls). Muscles' unrelenting positive attitude, competitive mindset and defensive boards anchored the team throughout all four games of the tournament. Congrats Muscles!
— Samantha Stackhouse