Stelly’s Stingers all about having fun on the court

The three Grade 12s on Stelly’s Secondary’s senior girls basketball team know they’re going to get a lot of playing time this season.

Sarah Kazanowski challenges the shot of a teammate during practice this week.

The three Grade 12s on Stelly’s Secondary’s senior girls basketball team know they’re going to get a lot of playing time this season.

And, says forward Lucy Skinner, it’s going to be a lot of fun.

High school basketball season is starting this month and in addition to practices, the Stelly’s senior girls host Qualicum Beach today (Fri., Nov. 28) in an exhibition match. With only three seniors returning to the team this season, coach Lynn Montgomery says they’ll be relying on younger players to fill out the roster.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing, she added, noting many of the new players this year come out of the soccer ranks and bring a high level of energy and athleticism to the squad. That’s something the three seniors like to see.

Skinner, Sophie Blandford and Sarah Kazanowski will be the team’s leaders this season. Kazanowski said the new players bring intensity to the floor, which is a good place to start.

“It’s like any sport,” added Blandford. “They have skills that can (apply to basketball).”

Skinner said that will ensure the team works well together.

“We’ll be able to make good plays and have speed and energy and put it all together.”

Montgomery, who is assisted by Jenny Large, said Stelly’s plays at the AAA level against strong teams in Oak Bay and Claremont. She is anticipating giving those teams and their other Island competition, good games all season long.

“Our three seniors will get a lot of floor time,” she said. “As will the new players. It helps them to a higher level of play.”

“We’ve got a lot of girls,” Large added, “and it’ll be fun. The three returning girls have big shoes to fill.”

Montgomery said this year’s team will be defensive-minded, using their athletic ability to create points.

“They are patient and I’m impressed at how we are building a strong team.”

Stelly’s plays in a league of six AAA girls teams with exhibition games starting this week.

Stelly’s hosts a Christmas basketball tournament Dec. 12 and 13.