First-year coach says JV's have a lot of potential
© Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
Vikettes player Hannah Beland drives to the basket Tuesday night at ARHS.
AMHERST – The Amherst Regional High School JV Vikettes defeated the Cobequid Cougars 50-31 last night at Amherst Regional High School.
Leading the Vikettes was Andrea Comeau with eight points, followed by Taylor Chitty and Gina Grattan with seven points each.
Also scoring for the Vikettes was Jessica Wilson with six points, Rachel Chevarie, Risha McKenny, Miah Tooley and Hannah Beland the five points each, and Madison Bennett with two points.
It’s early in the season and first-year coach April Scott said the young team has a lot of potential.
“They’re young and a lot of the girls have played together throughout the year’s but now they’re playing a whole different level of basketball, so it’s going to be an adjustment, but already we’re seeing improvement.”
She said the girl’s need to get used to the quicker pace of high school basketball.
“We want them to play smarter under pressure and that comes with experience.”
Her assistant coaches are Sarah Carter and Charlie Chambers.
“They have different levels of experience so we have a good balance,” she said.
Scott graduated from Dalhousie with a degree in biology and a degree in dental hygiene. She lives in Shediac, N.B. and works at a dental clinic in Amherst.
“There was a position opening with the JV girls and lucky for me the timing worked out perfect,” she said.
Scott played basketball with DAL for five years and has a lot of experience as an assistant coach.
“I was the assistant coach for the Under-14 provincial girls last summer, and the year before that I was assistant coach with the Memorial Eagles senior girls team in Cape Breton,” she said. “That summer I was also coached the Under-16 provincial team with my previous coach at Dalhousie, Anna Stammberger.
“This is my first role as a head coach, which is a lot more responsibility.”
Results from last weekend’s JV tournament will appear in Thursday’s edition of the Amherst Daily News.
More phot's of Tuesday night's game can be seen on the slide show at www.cumberlandnewsnow.com.