It was 'another game, another injury' for the Tillsonburg Gemini senior girls basketball team Tuesday afternoon.
"We're the walking wounded," said Gemini coach Adrian Carr after a 31-7 loss to College Avenue at Glendale HS. "Literally."
Glendale's Sephora Sandor injured an ankle Tuesday, and Keirsten Sanderson sprained her ankle last Thursday against WCI. And three Grade 12s were injured before the season started, said Carr, so they are short of graduating seniors.
"The majority of team is Grade 11s," said Haleigh Cole, adjusting to guard and backup point guard at the senior level. "It's just a lot faster, the girls are a lot better."
But there were some positives on Tuesday, said Cole.
"We ran our plays pretty well. We kept our spirits up the whole way, so that's good."
In the last two games, Glendale has played solid first quarters. They only trailed WCI by one point last Thursday, and College Avenue only led by two after the first quarter Tuesday.
The second half, however, has been night-and-day. Glendale did not score against CASS after the second quarter.
"It happens," said Cole. "It's a point where we need to improve the most, for sure."
"Our team is really young - the other teams have a lot more experience," said Glendale centre Denika Waite. "I think when they started being more aggressive we didn't want to fight back.
"I think it's a lot harder for us," she said, admitting to being a bit intimidated by taller Grade 12s, and in the case of WCI, much taller.
With more practice, Waite said the team will box out better.
"Just need to communicate better, too."
"We're rebuilding, trying to get better each game and each practice," said Carr, noting the TVRA East Division is strong this year.
"College Avenue is good, WCI is really strong, Huron Park's strong, Dorchester's strong... it's tough. So we're just trying to teach them the fundamentals of the game, teach them the 'right way.'
"Defensively they are way ahead of what I thought they would be. We run out of gas a little bit towards the end of the game. It's just kind of a theme. Offensively, it's just about being aggressive, and that's one of the hardest things to teach, aggression. But we'll get there."
Mariana Carson led Gemini scorers with four points Tuesday, Waite added a basket, and Tori Cole was 1-2 from the foul line.