Mia Grant looks for an open Rainmaker during Saturday’s playday against Skeena. Charles Hays won two games

Rainmakers double up

The junior girls Rainmakers beat Skeena 64-29 and Hazelton 34-23 on Saturday at the CHSS gym.

The junior girls Rainmakers followed in the footsteps of the other Charles Hays Secondary School (CHSS) basketball teams and swept its opening weekend.

The girls beat Skeena 64-29 and Hazelton 34-23 on Saturday at the CHSS gym.

“For my starters, they played well. They played a very aggressive basketball, which is what we were hoping for,” said first-year coach Sonny Henry. “Offensively, it could have done a little better but they did their job to get us where we wanted to be.”

The best part of the wins was the girls’ defence. It especially showed up in a low-scoring game against Hazelton. But there’s still lots the coach wants to see in upcoming games.

“The last game, we missed easy, wide-open, fast-break layups. If you’re going to play basketball, you need to make your layups,” he said.

Making their layups will make all the difference in the games for the girls, Henry explained. That and turnovers will be the focus of practices this week for the team.

Henry said Payton Henry, Kristy Innes and Mia Grant stood out throughout the day, because they worked really hard. Innes scored 17 points in game one and 12 in the second game, both of which led the team.

The girls had no trouble against Skeena, scoring early and often to rout the Wildcats. The Rainmakers looked good, constantly getting their own rebounds, creating turnovers and showing good hustle to drive to the basket.

Hazelton proved to be a tougher opponent. Although Rupert led 13-2 after one quarter, that lead dropped to 13-8 after the Spartans shut out the Rainmakers for over half of the second quarter.

The Spartans also outscored Rupert 8-3 in the final frame, but the rally fell short. The Rainmakers staved it off thanks to a tight defensive core, both of the starters and the subs.

The Rainmakers don’t play again until Jan. 14 in Smithers.

“In that game, it’s going to be about execution, we need to execute. If we don’t, we’re in trouble,” he said.

It’s an important game for the Rainmakers because Smithers won zones last year and went to provincials, so it will be a good test to see how good both teams are this time around.

All-in-all, it’s been a strong start to the season for Rainmakers basketball, as all four teams swept its opening weekends.

 

Just Posted

COCULLO: What do you want Port Ed?

The District of Port Edward’s council meeting turned into the unwelcoming committee… Continue reading

WATCH: Charles Hays students are set to get freaky this weekend

CHSS will be performing the musical Freaky Friday at the Lester Centre of the Arts this weekend

Former Burns Lake mayor gets two years for sexual assaults against minors

Banned from taking work involving young people for five years

Disaster! experts come together at Lester Centre of the Arts

Prince Rupert’s 2019 community musical is underway with it’s first reading of the script

Prince Rupert man who killed foster parents in 2017 receives three-year sentence

A Prince Rupert man convicted in the deaths of his foster parents… Continue reading

WATCH: Jingle Boat, Jingle Boat, jingle all the way

Santa Claus visited the kids of Prince Rupert on the Inside Passage

The Northern View presents Santa Shops Here in Prince Rupert

More reasons to spend your shopping dollars locally

Grandparents raising children: Shuswap grandma sees need for support

Peer group formed for those who have unexpectedly taken on the role of parenting

Final appeal rejected for man convicted in deaths of missing Alberta seniors

Lyle and Marie McCann were in their 70s when they left their home in St. Albert in 2010 and vanished

Thieving gun-toting Santa breaks into Princeton restaurant, makes icing sugar sandwich

The suspect allegedly made a sandwich of icing sugar and ham

Infants should be tested for autism if older siblings are diagnosed, Canadian study suggests

Blood test for infants with sibling who’s been diagnosed would get information to families earlier

Province gives $4.93M boost to school-based gang prevention program

The funding will see the ‘Erase’ program expand from 12 to 16 communities

Half of shoppers say they have no holiday spending budget

B.C. consumers surveyed estimate they will spend $921 this season

Man killed in crash due to ‘absolutely treacherous’ conditions on Coquihalla

Winter means icy roads are dangerous and drivers should be careful, RCMP say

Most Read