Abbotsford Basketball: August 6th to 11th – U-17 Girls’ Canada Basketball National Championships – Fredericton, N.B.
Jayden Gill represents Abbotsford at the U-17 Canada Basketball National Championships:
Abbotsford had a sole representative on the U-17 Girls’ squad – Jayden Gill. Jayden is a point guard for the Robert Bateman Timberwolves (AAA) who are not ranked in the provincial preseason poll. Side facts: Jayden’s Robert Bateman team won the 2015 Grade 9 Girls’ Provincial Championships, placed 2nd at the 2017 APD Championship and are coached by Dan Village.
The Basketball BC Girls provincial team program is designed to attract the top female basketball players in the province at the U15 and U17 age categories, with a goal of being medal contenders at the annual Canada Basketball National Championships. The coaching staff are selected from the Provincial High Performance Coaching Pool and include some of the top university and college coaches in British Columbia. Jayden was selected to participate on an elite-caliber team who was coached by TWU’s Women’s Basketball HC Cheryl Jean Paul. Jayden’s HC at Robert Bateman, Dan Village was ecstatic that a member of his senior girls’ squad had the opportunity to participate on Team BC.
“It is very important for players to represent their provincial team, especially when they are surrounded by elite players and receiving world-class instruction from coaches,” Village said.
Canada Basketball National Championships Recap:
Though Jayden’s minutes were limited at the Canada Basketball National Championships, the knowledge she will be able to share with her Robert Bateman Timberwolves team will be invaluable. The U-17 BC Team won their first game versus Prince Edward Island with a score of 98 – 26. Jayden played 18 minutes and shot 50% from the field. Team BC then went on versus New Brunswick and defeated them with a score of 77 – 43. In the quarter-finals of the Canada Basketball National Championships, Team BC defeated Manitoba 65 – 42. Team BC’s true test came in the semi-final versus Quebec, with tournament leading scorer’s Sarah T-Biasu 15 PPG to manage. Team BC fell to Quebec 82 – 61 and were led by Chilliwack-local Deanne Tuchscherer’s 14 points. Team BC did leave with hardware as they ousted Alberta in the bronze game by 3 points, 65 – 62.
An evolved Jayden:
Regardless of Jayden’s contributions on the court during the Canada Basketball National Championships, “Jayden has shown significant improvement in her maturity, athletic explosiveness and on-court IQ,” Village said after watching Jayden at the TWU Camp hosted at Robert Bateman Secondary School. “Her participation on Team BC has evolved her game.”
Jayden earned her spot on Team BC through consistency, determination, dignity and respect. Characteristics that she displayed early in her basketball career.
Village reflects on Jayden’s career and remembers a moment at the Grade 9 BC Championships where Jayden’s – “Semi-final game versus Dr Knox in their gym, packed house, we were down 8 in the fourth quarter and we called one of our timeouts. Jayden used the opportunity to compose herself and her teammates. We stormed out of the timeout and went on to win the game, and going even further by beating STA in the Championship Final.” Jayden is part of a strong group at Robert Bateman Secondary School. Since 2015, the team has earned a gold and bronze at the BC Girls’ Championships and have won many tournament championships. The team has adds one transfer for the 2018-19 season in Gurveer Chattu (Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School – Transfer) who adds length, assistance with rebounding and is another offensive threat to an already threatening offence.
The 2018-19 AAA Girls’ season in Abbotsford:
The pre-season unranked Robert Bateman Timberwolves who won the 2015 Grade 9 Girls’ BC Championship are looking to end their high school career with another provincial run. Their path will not be easy as they compete in the same league as Preseason AAA Girls’ Top 10 Ranked: Yale Lions (7), Abbotsford Panthers (8) and M.E.I. Eagles (HM). Expect a lot of great basketball this season in Abbotsford. Get out and support local hoops, 2018-19 schedule to be posted soon.
Side-note: Do not sleep on the W.J. Mouat Hawks Senior Girls.
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