Feature Foods may have found their groove.
After a dismal 0-8 start to the season, Feature Foods are on their first winning streak, taking their third straight win Sunday beating the women’s league leading Takhini Gas 63-39.
“We started to click, we’re starting to get better motion in our offense and our defence is working really hard,” said Foods captain Diedre Davidson. “We have some strong forwards and guards and I think we’re using each other more than we did in the past.”
Going for distance shots instead of driving to the net, Foods scored 11 straight points midway through the first half to expand a 13-11 lead to 24-11. They ended the first half up 32-16.
“Takhini Gas couldn’t drop anything to save their lives tonight,” said Davidson, who put 10 points worth through the steel, including two three-pointers.
“We moved more to an outside game and we just happened to hit (many) — I don’t know if we had horseshoes or what was going on.
“We’ve been pushing the ball around more, trying to get fast breaks.”
Feature’s game also started to turn around with the acquisition of Alcina Banks from the Kopper Kweens a month ago. Banks, as always, was a huge presence in the paint Sunday, scooping up the majority of Takhini rebounds.
“Alcina is huge on the boards,” said Davidson of Banks, who scored 15 points in the game. “She creates a motion on the inside, adds that extra floor-spacing. So there’s somebody on the inside all the time to look and get the rebounds and look to dump into.”
Other big scorers for Foods were Annette King with 12 points and Angella Ell with 16.
“Angella was just on fire,” said Davidson. “She’s scoring almost 20 points a game, so that’s definitely helping.”
Feature defeated Airport Chalet 63-59 Thursday for their second straight win.
“It was a tight game,” said Davidson. “They have a fast, small squad so it was a very fast game. But we were able to do well on the boards.”
Top scorers for Takhini were Jelena Antonic with 11 and Lariena Twardochleb with nine.
Expanding on a modest lead in the second half, Airport Chalet took off on the Kopper Kweens Sunday at FH Collins Secondary, beating the regal squad 56-45.
Ending the first half up 30-25, the Chalets began the second outscoring the Kweens 11-2 to go up 41-27.
After a three-point play by Sarah Crance and a basket by Megan Freese to start the second half, teammate Anette Kralisch added four more points to the Chalet’s total with two consecutive successful fast breaks.
“We used our gazelle, Anette,” said Crane. “We just kept sending the ball up as soon as we had it. She was running the court so well — she had a lot of fast breaks.”
“Sarah Crane and Megan Freese are a pretty good one-two combination,” said Kweens’ Ann Jirousek. “So they play a good in-out game.
“It’s hard for us to play defensively when we only have one guard on our team.”
Because of a low turnout the Kweens were forced to borrow a couple players from Feature Foods, who played in the previous game. As the game progressed, fatigue became more of a factor.
“But they had more gas than the rest of us anyway,” said Jirousek of Diedre Davidson and Alcina Banks from the Foods team. “They’re diehards.”
“I think they were starting to get tired so we used that to our advantage,” said Crane.
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