Mayerthorpe High School’s senior girls basketball team won big at the first official Fox Vegas senior basketball tournament, hosted by Fox Creek School in January.
The Tigers took home the gold medal, with the tourney featuring senior girls teams from Mayerthorpe, Fox Creek, Valleyview, High Prairie and Buck Lake, Alta.
Coach Ray Chittick told the Mayerthorpe Freelancer the senior Tigers were excited about the win, calling them “a good group with a good work ethic.”
“We’re not the tallest team, but the girls get along and work hard for each other,” Chittick said.
There are 10 girls on the team, from grades 10 to 12, Chittick said. They began their season with practices around October, and they played their first Game Country Athletic Association (GCAA) league game Dec. 6.
Chittick, a salesman at Martin Deerline, said he began coaching the high school girls last season when his daughter approached him, saying there would be no team without a coach.
Most of the girls from last season are back this year, except for two Grade 12 players who have since graduated, and three Grade 10 girls are new, he said.
There has been much growth in the returning players, Chittick said. He said many of the girls have played together since Grade 7, and didn’t experience many wins until the final league game last season.
Thanks to hard work in practices, Chittick said so far this year the senior girls basketball team has won more games than it has lost.
The Tigers are now half way through their season, Chittick said. They will play their next games with Onoway on Jan. 31 and Hilltop High School on Feb. 7.
After the end of February, he said if the Tigers make it, the finals and zones will be in March.