Whew... weekend is finished, time to watch some NCAA! Couple of comments about teams this year and next..
At 4a - Top 4 teams were in the semis and although O'leary did not win (ranked 1), I think most would agree that Western had the most talent that when playing together would be unstoppable - which is what happened according to reports. Adut for as awesome as she is, can only do so much - when Western comes at you with provincial team calibre size at the post AND then has provincial team guard play as well.. tough to stop. In the end, that depth is what did in Churchill as well. The scary thing is that Western gets most of their talent back (minus Hannah I believe). Oleary loses most of their upper end talent as does Churchill (PG and Bachinski). Centennial however gets most of theirs back as well, so I would expect Western / Churchill to battle it out in Calgary.
In Edmonton, JP lose 9 players I believe (most of their starters), Ainley loses Fairbanks (Emily is grade 11?), SG loses Pappy, Rene, Hooper - but do get Mclean and some of their other top couple of guards back. In Metro, ABJ gets a core of their kids back losing Erin Mckinnon who was injured most of the year anyway, Bev Facey was young this year and get most of their players back. Paul Kane loses 6 players, and much of their size (Follette - 6'2 is back). Those are some of the local teams that I am aware of..
At the 3A level - SACHS beat McCoy 74-63 - we lose Shelby Hucul (#10) and another player but return 4/5 starters and 9 of 11. Once again we are lacking in size as shelby was our giant at 5'9... We should be able to compete with the top teams in the edmonton area. McCoy who we played in the finals on saturday will be very strong and could easily compete at the 4a level - they lose no starters and have size/length with 3 girls around 6'0 and great guard play. I know at our level, George Mac will be 4a next year, Camrose lose their top 2 players, Edmonton christian will be strong returning most of their players who are very athletic, Magrath loses Jenelle who dominated their team.. So the landscape on the 3A will shift slightly, but I have high expectations of our school and that of McCoy.
Comments about games or thoughts would be great!