Not quite the weekend we were looking for, as we split games, losing to Laurier 62-66 and beating Waterloo 60-43. Our biggest concern is still a lack of consistency in the scoring department. It would appear that we are consistently manufacturing good scoring opportunities – just having difficulty finishing off the play. Our foul shooting is an example of our lack of consistency going 8-15 on Friday, and 13-15 on Saturday. On the positive side, we have done a pretty good job taking care of the basketball and rebounding.
Queen’s 62 – Laurier 66
We did not get off to a good start in this one, as Laurier rattled off 9 straight points before we found the inside of the mesh. Our defense was very suspect as we surrendered 22 first quarter points, while managing 14. We turned the tables in the second quarter with much better defense, outscoring Laurier 19 to 9 to go into half up 33-31. The third quarter was deadlocked at 16. We executed fairly well in the early going of the fourth quarter, grabbing a 6 point lead (largest of the game for us) with 4 minutes to go. Unfortunately, after that point, a lid went on the basket. Our missed shots led to run outs by Laurier --- particularly frustrating because our quarter court defense had been shutting them down. A 12 point swing ensued, giving them a 6 point lead late in the game. Battling hard, we could not get closer than 3, ending in a 62-66 loss. Liz Boag led all scorers with 17 points, including 3 for 3 from beyond the arc. Emily Hazlett had another strong game with 9 rebounds to go along with her 8 points.
Queen’s 60 – Waterloo 43
The final score may look like we controlled this game, but in the first quarter, we dug ourselves a big hole. Waterloo came out on fire (pumped by their win over York on Thursday evening). Once again we were down 9 before hitting a foul shot. Waterloo continued to dominate and held an 8-19 lead after the first quarter. We settled down a bit in the second and outscored Waterloo 15-13, but still trailed 22-32 at the break – still only shooting 19% from the floor. With an emphasis on increasing the pressure and tempo of the game, we produced our best quarter of the season, dominating the Warriors with a 27-6 performance. It was exciting to see the shots we produced in our offense were finding the bottom of the mesh. In the fourth, our shooting percentage dropped again, but our defense held strong, outscoring Waterloo 10-5, for the 60-43 win. Robyn Pearson has an outstanding game recording a double-double with 16 points and 16 boards. Gemma Bullard chipped in with 14 points, while Jenny Wright had 10 points and 9 boards.
December 1 ID/Training Camp
We have a number of registrants for our December 1 Camp, which is open to Gr. 11 & 12s interested in Queen’s. The outline for the day is as follows:
9:30-11:45am On-court session – Main Gym
11:45-12:15pm Break for Lunch (on your own)
12:15-1:30pm Facility Tour followed by a Q & A session (parent’s welcome)
1:30-3:30pm On-court session – Main Gym*
*Kingston Impact JUEL team will be joining our afternoon session
There is no cost to register for the camp – just drop me an email so I can prepare for the numbers.
Up Next at Home:
Friday, November 22 vs. McMaster 6pm
Saturday, November 23 vs. Brock 6pm
Up Next on the Road:
Friday, November 29 @ York 6pm
Have a great week!