Junior girls basketball team captures York Region Tier 2 championship
On Monday, Nov. 17, the junior girls basketball team at Toronto District Christian High School captured the York Region Tier 2 championship with a 38-28 victory over Newmarket High School.
They reached the finals after defeating Unionville High School 49-36.
This victory was so exciting because this is the first time a TDChristian junior girls basketball team has won this competition, according to coach Tim Bentum.
He notes that many of the players were part of the basketball team last year as well, which had a very successful regular season but then lost early in the playoffs.
“The girls were very excited to redeem their loss from last year, as they had felt they had a team to win last year as well, but anything can happen in a one-and-done playoff format,” says Bentum
He attributes the team’s success to a “very balanced, talented and coachable group of girls.”
Team members worked hard all year and had a clear understanding of their individual roles.
“We very rarely had anyone score more than 20 points in a given game, but our final total scores were usually in the 40’s or 50’s,” Bentum adds. “In other words, we had a very balanced offense and our defense was superb.”
Bentum says he would like to see more TDChristian basketball team perform well at a high level of competition and adds this is directly related to the talent level that comes up through the feeder school system.
“If basketball fundamentals are taught early in a player’s career, there is a much better chance that those skills will translate onto the floor in high school.”
He notes that the high school season is so short — about two months — that most of a high school coach’s role revolves around finding the right places for the right players, rather than developing talent in the middle of the season.
TDChristian is a member of the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools, which represents 79 schools and 14,000 students in Ontario.