U12 Girls (Report by Steven McLean)
"Firstly I, personally would like to thank all the parents, friends and families for braving the horrible weather and filling the nice and cold hall at Grangemouth. Your support and cheering soon warmed it up.
Secondly, I would like to thank Kieron at Basketball Scotland for running a smooth and well run tournament with 4 groups of players, teams turning up late, teams not turning up, it was a challenge, but he was able to take in his stride and spend time with everyone and I know my girls appreciated it.
On to the games:
Game 1 (league game vs East Lothian Dragons)
We played these guys in the first RDL and it was a huge challenge, and this time was no different. We were tested at both ends of the court. The girls lead by captain JT and Alice controlled the defensive area and ran a very effective fast break offense, using the whole bench everyone was able to gain valuable game time, and it was great to see players like Kori and Kasse in full flow controlling the back boards and making some very important blocks and rebounds. A huge smile came from Alice as she brought back a basketball legendary skill in some great hook shots. Amy and Keri burned up the fast break scoring some lovely layouts. Eve and Erin continued to build as a wonderful partnership, defo something for the future . Harriett, Georgie came on and showed the progress that they have both made with very strong marking and passing play. Paris in her first RDL since rejoinjng the Wolves showed her defensive tendencies hunting down the dragons and making it very hard for them to score, the game had everything, including a lovely 3point shot from capt JT.
Final Score 37-24 Wolves
Game 2 (friendly vs Edinburgh Koo Katz )
This was coach Paula's first game running a bench, she was very nervous before the game but showed no signs of it as she sent out her first 4 wolvettes onto the court. Edinburgh, as one of our closest rivals brought it!! It began as a frantic pace with wolves and Katz scoring off each other, Kori stepped up and man marked the Edinburgh top player out of the game, giving Alice, JT, Eve and Erin room to get some lovely basket baskets, again Coach Paula used her bench to her advantage making timely effective subs, and turned round a slight deficit to a wonderful Win.
Final Score 40-34 Wolves
Overall a great day for the U12girls Wolvettes and continuing to be a great season.
Everyone, including me, went home smiling but exhausted, buoyed but great support. It is good to part of the Pack, great to be a wolf."
U12 Boys (Report by Ed Leighton)
"2 games for the U12 boys today. The first, against East Lothian Dragons. A team that tested us fully last season and beating us on one occasion. This season they were as yet an unknown quantity.
The first half saw the Wolves pull out a significant lead. This was consolidated in the second half as we continued to score and kept the opposition away from their target. Special mention to Kayden for pulling on the Wolves vest in that game for the first time and receiving probably the loudest cheer of the day from the supportive families and players on the sideline for his debut basket towards the end.
The second game against City of Edinburgh Kings followed a similar script to the earlier game; pulling away early, consolidating in the 3rd and 4th quarters, minimising the oppositions opportunities to score.
2 from 2 = Happy players, coaches and supporters + proud families.
Final scores :-
Wolves 42 Dragons 6
Wolves 64 Kings 6
What impressed most about the day was the way in which the boys secured the victories; I.e. the style of play. It was fast, it was skilful, with very slick accurate passing showing superb awareness and teamwork throughout. Shot selection and decision making showed a great deal of maturity. From a coaches point of view, it's great to see the work that is done in practice being translated into the competitive environment."