Eagles slow to take flight but still get win

Both teams had chances to blow their accumulated leads, but only one did.With their comfortable reduced to a just a couple baskets midway through the second half, the Eagles did their best to maintain as the Wolverines’ Jhoanna deGuzman played...

Both teams had chances to blow their accumulated leads, but only one did.

With their comfortable reduced to a just a couple baskets midway through the second half, the Eagles did their best to maintain as the Wolverines’ Jhoanna deGuzman played like a hyperactive kleptomaniac, producing steal after steal.

However, thanks to Taylor Campbell gobbling up the defensive rebounds, the Elijah Smith Eagles (3-1) kept their lead locked up, eventually defeating the Christ the King Wolverines 24-21 in girls’ Grade 7 basketball Monday at Elijah Smith Elementary.

“It’s probably a good lesson for them to maintain (that level of play) the whole way,” said Wolverines coach Duane Hanscom.

“We got it back, but for a while we were forgetting our rebounds and simple things like that. Emotion was getting the best of them.”

The Wolverines (1-2) looked ready to dominate the game early on, eventually going up 11-2 on a long shot by Stephanie Avery. But with a 1:29 left before half, the Eagles soared into the lead when Michaela Atkinson pushed back a shot by Alex Edzerza to go up 12-11. A minute later, Atkinson made her fourth steal of the half, eventually sinking a jumper

from the side of the key to end the half up 14-11.

“Before the game they were really hyper and excited,” said Eagles coach Sheila Brown. “I think they were just too wired and they were just forgetting basic stuff.

“I told them to slow it down and play their own game, and I think that turned it around for them.”

Midway through the second half (the second of two 20-minute periods), the Eagles expanded the spread to their biggest of the game. Eagles’ Cheyenne Bradley picked off a

Wolverines pass and dispatched the ball to Jim, who sunk it to go up 22-15.

As momentum continued to swing like a pendulum, the Wolverines climbed back within one when Rene Grewal hit the mark with just 45 seconds left on the clock. The six-point run was largely due to deGuzman’s numerous steals.

“She’s athletic, she works hard in practice, takes it really seriously and she’s becoming a playmaker,” said Hanscom of deGuzman. “Fitness and practising the drills pays off and I think she’s starting to see that. She’s definitely gaining confidence.”

Atkinson sealed the deal, nailing one last jumper with 10 seconds left, making her the game’s top scorer with 10 points.

“In the last couple games she just wanted to be our secret weapon,” said Brown of Atkinson. ”She just came out of the blue and started playing really well.

“She was one of two (Grade) 6’ers who played last year, which really helps your team because you coach them for a couple years.”

For the Eagles, Atkinson was followed by Jim with six points and Edzerza with four.

Leading the way for the Wolverines was Avery with eight points, while deGuzman produced five and Shara Kearney contributed four.

Both teams will be competing in the Grade 7 championships at the end of the week, and for Hanscom, a losing record means little with such a short regular season.

“I feel really good about the tournament,” said Hanscom. “Having players away today — hopefully if they’re healthy they’re be here for the tournament — and every game helps.

“We were just unfortunate to get a (regular season) bye. In a four-week season, a week with no game is an advantage to other teams.”

If the Eagles’ passing and shooting breaks down in the tournament, Brown has one last advantage over some other coaches.

“I’m really loud so they can hear me,” said Brown with a chuckle. “I’m not yelling at them, I’m yelling to them.”

Contact Tom Patrick at tomp@yukon-news.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Dawson City RCMP are reporting a break and enter on Feb. 25 after two masked men entered a residence, assaulted a man inside with a weapon and departed. (Black Press file)
Two men arrested after Dawson City home invasion

Dawson City RCMP are reporting a break and enter on Feb. 25.… Continue reading

Highways and Public Works Minister Richard Mostyn speaks to reporters at a news conference in Whitehorse on Dec. 21, 2017. New ATIPP laws are coming into effect April 1. (Chris Windeyer/Yukon News file)
New access to information laws will take effect April 1

“Our government remains committed to government openness and accountability.”

City council meeting in Whitehorse on Feb. 8. At Whitehorse city council’s March 1 meeting, members were presented with a bylaw that would repeal 10 bylaws deemed to be redundant or out of date. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Out with the old

Council considers repealing outdated bylaws

A bobcat is used to help clear snow in downtown Whitehorse on Nov. 4. According to Environment Canada, the Yukon has experienced record-breaking precipitation this year. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon will have “delayed spring” after heavy winter snowfall

After record levels of precipitation, cold spring will delay melt

Yukon RCMP say they’ve received three reports of youth being extorted online. (Black Press file)
Yukon youth being extorted online

Yukon RCMP say they’ve received three reports of youth being extorted on… Continue reading

A man walks passed the polling place sign at city hall in Whitehorse on Oct. 18, 2018. The City of Whitehorse is preparing for a pandemic-era election this October with a number of measures proposed to address COVID-19 restrictions. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
City gets set for Oct. 21 municipal election

Elections procedures bylaw comes forward

A rendering of the Normandy Manor seniors housing facility. (Photo courtesy KBC Developments)
Work on seniors housing project moves forward

Funding announced for Normandy Manor

Tom Ullyett, pictured, is the first Yukoner to receive the Louis St-Laurent Award of Excellence from the Canadian Bar Association for his work as a community builder and mentor in the territory. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Tom Ullyett wins lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Bar Association

Ullyett has worked in the Yukon’s justice ecosystem for 36 years as a public sector lawyer and mentor

The Blood Ties outreach van will now run seven nights a week, thanks to a boost in government funding. Logan Godin, coordinator, and Jesse Whelen, harm reduction counsellor, are seen here on May 12, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Blood Ties outreach van running seven nights a week with funding boost

The Yukon government is ramping up overdose response, considering safe supply plan

Ranj Pillai speaks to media about business relief programs in Whitehorse on April 1, 2020. The Yukon government announced Feb.25 that it will extend business support programs until September. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Government extends business relief programs to September, launches new loan

“It really gives folks some help with supporting their business with cash flow.”

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
A look at decisions made by Whitehorse City Council this week

Bylaw amendment Whitehorse city council is moving closer with changes to a… Continue reading

Susie Rogan is a veteran musher with 14 years of racing experience and Yukon Journey organizer. (Yukon Journey Facebook)
Yukon Journey mushers begin 255-mile race

Eleven mushers are participating in the race from Pelly Crossing to Whitehorse

Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. As the legislature prepares to return on March 4, the three parties are continuing to finalize candidates in the territory’s 19 ridings. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Nine new candidates confirmed in Yukon ridings

It has been a busy two weeks as the parties try to firm up candidates

Most Read