Reported by Chelsea Powrie
With only two returning players on the roster, the rookie laden Langara Falcons Women’s basketball team is spending so much time together at the gym they have sleeping bags in their lockers.
On Nov. 5 the team beat Columbia Bible College on the road 68-53 and evened their record on the season at 1-1.
Steep learning curve for young team
According to Haylee Robertson, a second year forward, the victory was great, but there is still work to be done.
“Although we won, it didn’t really feel like we did,” Robertson said. “It was a frustrating game and defensively we weren’t there as a team.”
The team has only been playing together since the beginning of September, with a few scattered practices during the summer. With the majority of the roster being new players, the learning curve has been steep.
“A lot of the other teams that we are playing against have a lot more experience than us. We are overall a super young team,” Robertson said.
Team quickly coming together under veteran’s watch
First-year point guard Trisha Francia says the rest of the league knows the Falcons are an inexperienced squad.
“I’m excited and nervous. We are known as the rookie team. We look up to our two seniors,” Francia said.
She and Robertson have become fast friends, along with the rest of the women. Their strength as a team partially comes from their sense of community, a feeling that is fostered by their team locker room. Francia and Robertson said they spend a lot of time there, and pulled out a sleeping bag from one of the lockers to prove it.
“This is the closest we’ve ever been as a team. I think everyone came together in a weird way, new teammates, and a new coach. It’s a new era,” Robertson said. “We call it the Langara Era.”
Moving forward from this weekend’s win, Robertson is already thinking about a playoff spot.
“We still have a long way to go but yesterday was a baby step. We’ve got a lot to work on in practice this week.”