Court Is In Session

Monday, October 08, 2018 - By: Zjaya D, Allard ‘19; Photo by Jim Ganley

Stepping into my fifth, and final, season in a Brentwood Basketball uniform is both an experience I cannot wait for, and an experience I never want to come. I’ve been a part of Brentwood’s Basketball program since I came to the school in Grade 8, and I am so grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given, the skills I’ve learned both on and off the court that will help me throughout my future, but most importantly, the teammates I’ve grown so close with and the memories we have created together.

Each season, I’ve been lucky to play alongside a group of dedicated athletes to compete in a busy series of tournaments and games, where the goal of each player has been the same: work harder than everybody who isn’t wearing a Brentwood jersey. This determination has led to some amazing accomplishments, all of which I am proud to say I have been a part of. 

Basketball season has always been my favourite part of the school year, but historically, it has only been during the Winter Term. This year, however, I have been able to extend my experience of Brentwood Basketball by joining Girls Fall Term Basketball Training. 

This Fall Term, an incredible group of young athletes have come together to train several times a week in preparation for the competitive season, which tips off in November. Ability ranges from girls that are new to the sport to girls that have had a basketball in their hands since they were able to walk. This program includes strength and conditioning sessions to improve our athletic abilities, as well as fine-tuned skill development, and scrimmages. We are only four weeks into the school year, and everyone has already begun to transform their game, and demonstrate impressive improvement.

Our coaches, Ms Napier, Ms Bakker, and Mr Doman are very accomplished basketball players themselves, and have done an amazing job working with us so far this year to improve our abilities and teach us the game.

As I mentioned before, this season is the last time I’ll be wearing a Brentwood Basketball jersey, and while I never want my last high school game to come, I cannot wait to step on the court with such a dedicated and determined group of athletes one more time. I’m looking forward to a successful season, and with Fall Term Basketball Training, we are giving ourselves our best chance!

Zjaya D, Allard ‘19

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