Had they planned and scripted how the Moose Jaw high school girls basketball league city final would play out, the Peacock Toilers likely would have dismissed what happened Tuesday night at Saskatchewan Polytechnic as too unreal, too fantastic.
Taking a 25-10 lead over the Vanier Spirits in the first quarter? Hold Vanier to only three points in the second? Building such a substantial lead you were able to work on systems for upcoming games? Getting your injured star senior on the court for the final buzzer (see sidebar)?
But there the Toilers were, doing each one of those things. The end result was 82-28 Peacock victory, capping another undefeated season in league play and seventh-straight city championship.
“I grabbed the girls before they gave out the medals and brought them in and said, ‘I’ve been to a lot of games in this gym and I don’t think I’ve seen a girls team shoot that well, ever,’” said Toilers coach Vaughn Crone. “It’s a longer distance to the back wall, the gym isn’t quite as bright as ours, just a bunch of things … We have a really young basketball team that decided to be focused tonight and work hard because they wanted to win this game.”
Peacock set the tone early and quickly with their 15-point first quarter lead. What little success Vanier had shooting in the early going disappeared in the second as the Toilers tightened up on defence and limited any opportunities the Spirits had.
That was all according to plan — the Sask. Polytechnic gym is a different animal when it comes to lighting and building size and any kind of let-up could have been fatal had Vanier found their range.
See Thursday’s Times-Herald for more on this story.