Senior Broncs player Nadia Simons goes up against some heavy pressure Jan. 9 during the team’s home game against Innisfail. The girls won 68-29. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka Broncs basketball showcasing its strength

Senior boys squad unbeaten in 2A this season, girls do well in win over Innisfail

It’s been a runaway season for the Ponoka Secondary Campus (PSC) Broncs basketball squads facing some different competition this year.

The teams are now in a 2A league, as opposed to 3A from previous years.

For the senior boys, whose roster is filled with experience this year, the club’s strength shone through as the team is undefeated in league play after five games including a 64-30 drubbing Jan. 8 at home to Innisfail.

“That game was over quickly. We got a chance to work on a new full court press and zone defense in the second half that we hope to use in the future,” noted head coach Scott Brown.

Meanwhile, the boys squad showed they are on the right track toward provincials after capturing the title at the inaugural St. Andre Bessette invitational tournament in Fort Saskatchewan over the weekend.

“This win, along with two other third place tournament finishes, sets us up well to have some strong games before February, which will be busy with league games and a pair of tournaments,” Brown added.

New coach

The senior girls have a new coach this season, PSC athletic director Paula Chapman, and the team seems to be thriving under the new leadership.

In the team’s first time back on the court after the long holiday break, the girls beat up on Innisfail 68-29.

For Chapman, it was excellent to see just how far the girls have come in their development.

“The team played a really strong defensive game, pressing in the first half, which generated a lot of steals,” she stated.

“The girls capitalized on steals with some great team fast break baskets. The girls also executed our zone offence for the first time, making it look solid.”

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Erik Mathieu goes for a layup Jan. 9 against Innisfail. The PSC Broncs senior boys squad had a solid game winning 64-30. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

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