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The North Peace Grizzlies basketball teams travelled to Prince George this weekend to compete in game days. Grizzlies Junior girls played two tough games against PGSS this weekend. In the first half on Friday night, the team started off a bit flustered. They pulled it together in the second half to play strong defence and smart offence, but couldn’t catch up to PGSS’s lead and lost 21-38. On Saturday, the team was ready and started strong. The score was close the whole game, but with only two subs on the bench, PGSS pulled ahead in the last two minutes and won 41-44.

The Junior team grew and learned a lot this weekend, and showed great sportsmanship on and off the court. Awesome work, Juniors! Players of the weekend go to Paige Dyck and Summer Dube, who both demonstrated great improvement this weekend and stepped up both as playmakers and as strong defenders.

The Senior Girls Grizzlies played PGSS this weekend for their first games of the season. The Grizzlies were mentally prepared to battle and extremely excited to compete after two years of no competition. The girls started off slow, getting used to the rhythm of the game and figuring out how to defend and play offensively against PGSS. In an exciting first match, the NPSS girls won 60-57. For the second game of the weekend against PGSS, the girls came prepared to push their skills. The Grizzlies dominated from the beginning, shutting down PGSS defensively and maximizing the score. From a coaching perspective, all members of the Grizzlies stepped up to play a role in the game, defensively, offensively, mentally, and demonstrated what we have been working on in practice. The final score was 85-55 for NPSS. Sophia De Torres led the team in steals and points with a high of 34 points. Player of the weekend goes to Laura Ross who demonstrated grit and a desire to be better every opportunity she had on the court.

The Senior Boy Grizzlies travelled to Prince George this weekend for a two-game set against the Shas Ti Kelly Road Grizzlies. In only their second game in the past two seasons, the North Peace boys came out with nerves in the first quarter and struggled with defense. Down seven points heading into the second, the North Peace team responded off the back of an 11-point second quarter from Cole Harder to pull the teams even at the half. The second half of the game saw a more composed North Peace team who made adjustments for a stronger defensive effort. Cole Harder, Cy Bellamy, and Devon Lee carried the offense load, making clutch free throws down the stretch. When the dust settled, the North Peace Grizzlies won 65-56.

The second game saw a more prepared North Peace team that was ready for the challenge ahead. The North Peace squad dominated from the opening tip in a game that saw all 11 Grizzlies scores being led by Cole Harder with 22 points and Cy Bellamy matching Friday’s effort of 14 points. After the final buzzer, the North Peace Grizzlies won 83-51, improving both defensively and offensively from the night prior. The Grizzlies headed home with a 3-0 record looking forward to the upcoming challenge of playing Prince George Secondary School Polars in the coming weeks. Player of the weekend goes to Cole Harder who demonstrated persistence and perseverance.

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