The GVC Junior Varsity Girls won zones and interzones and are off to the provincials.
The GVC junior varsity girls basketball team earned a spot in the provincials after winning the zones and interzone final.
Coach Mark Hamm said after defeating NPC, the team took to the court against Vincent Massey in Brandon. But they did it, not expecting to take home the win.
“It’s our rival every year,” he explained. It’s the first year the home court didn’t win.”
The Zodiacs lost to Vincent Massey in tournaments in January and February and were 0-2 as the visiting team.
Yet they came out on top with a 53-27 victory.
“The girls went into it with nothing to lose,” Hamm explained. “They just showed up and played basketball.”
The Zodiacs play a defense only style, and controlled rebounds on their way to victory.
“They just wanted to show up and play basketball,” Hamm said of the local squad. The girls put out so much energy.”
Hamm said support from the bench and from the parents who made the trek to Brandon on a Thursday night, was also key.
The zone final featured NPC vs. GVC. the only two teams at that level in the zone.
GVC won 58-10. “They did amazingly well,” Hamm said of his team. “They wanted to prove that defence can win championships.”
Hamm noted that it was great to see younger basketball players from the community take in the local rivalry as well.
The Zodiacs will have their hands full going into provincials.
Ranked 11th out of 12 teams they will take on Sisler in Winnipeg in a single elimination format. “It’s going to be the biggest game of the season,” he said.
Hamm said he’s been impressed with the dedication and improvement of his team which only carried forward four veterans from last year’s team.
He also praised the environment that allows the 13 girls to thrive as a team.
“We have tremendous support from the school, from the parents,” he said. “It’s just awesome how Winkler supports the female basketball program.”