The Dawson Creek Secondary senior boys and girls’ basketball teams left Fort St. John this weekend with winning records, but once again fell short to rival and host North Peace.
The senior girls finished the round-robin tournament at 3-1 with wins over Fort Nelson, Grande Prairie Composite junior varsity, and North Peace juniors.
But North Peace, who downed DCSS 44-34 for a second straight time in tournament play, outmatched the Penguins.
“They [DCSS] will be ready to win next time they play,” said Pens’ head coach Emily Rivard whose team is now 3-3 on the season against North Peace.
“Our girls need to fix some common problems they seem to have only against Fort St. John; not boxing out, missed lay ups, missed shots, and turnovers,” noted Rivard.
At the mid-point of the season, Rivard says the Pens’ are coming together well as a team and will be ready for zones, where they hope to finish in the top four.
On the boys’ side, the Pens’ came away with two wins and a loss, but had trouble handling North Peace’s high-powered offence; the Ooks, who are unbeaten against DCSS, made quick work of the Pens’ with a 110-65 win.
But head coach Rich Payne wasn’t disheartened by his team’s play.
“It went good,” he said about the tournament. “They played good, they came out, took new advice. They’ve got a lot of heart, they just have to get the desire and consistency going with them.”
After a slow first half the Pens’ picked up their play in the second.
“[There was] a little spectating, but our half court was good. After the first quarter, and half of the first half, we were back in it. They only scored 10 points here and were at 66 at half, so they didn’t double us,” said Payne.
“You can pick some positives out of it.
“[Second half] they decided to start playing. They know the game, it’s nothing new. It’s basketball. The game hasn’t changed, you play defence it works, you spectate it’s a long afternoon.”
In their other two games, the senior boys beat Fort Nelson 80-64 and topped Grande Prairie Composite juniors by a score of 55-45.
Up next for the Penguins is a tournament trip to Prince George, where both boys and girls’ teams will be playing.