By Jeremy McDonald
GERVAIS, Ore.– With the squad wrapping up summer basketball Friday with Kennedy and North Marion, the Gervais Girls Basketball team lighten up a little bit with a fun little scrimmage against some of their alumni Wednesday night at the Elementary School.
Now even though they did it two years ago, but didn’t do it last year, Head Coach Kyle Buse wanted to work it back in when they had an opportunity this summer before the Fall sports scene take center stage entering July for his girls.
“It’s just a fun way to get people back into the gym and see what the past still has and see what we currently have,” said Buse.
With Class of 2017’s Natali Herinckx, Daisy Correra, Alyssa Ventura and 2016’s Andrea Villegas to name a few of the alumnus suiting up to take on the current crop of Cougar ballers. They challenged the youngsters of Gervais as Herinckx drilled a three-pointer to get the alumni to within single-digits of the current group of Cougar players.
“I didn’t say we beat up on them,” smiled Herinckx. “But it was really good fun to come back and see how they developed.”
“Oh it was fun playing against them because you played against them for a year. It was fun knowing that they were there,” laughed Celi Vasquez.
Vasquez incoming Junior class were freshman during Herinckx, Correra and Ventura’s Senior year.
For this current crop of Gervais girls, returning the bulk of last season’s Sweet 16 squad, made some noise entering Friday’s 6:30 and 7:30pm games by taking the Lady Trojans to Overtime in their second place finish at Country Christian two weeks ago while posting a perfect 9-0 weekend this past weekend at Country Christian in their first-place finish.
One of those wins, came way against 1A Power St. Paul as the Cougars look to polish off the Summer Season strongly here in two days.
“It feels pretty good because now I feel like for the upcoming season we can work together,” said Vasquez. “Like we will work really good and be stronger this season with out connection.”
And though it is the last week of summer ball, Buse wasn’t going to let his girls go out without a challenge with a 2A power in Kennedy and a North Marion squad that has finished sixth, third and fourth the last three years in 4A.
“We’re going to have two teams that are top in their respectful classes. Kennedy we’ve already dealt with once this year and I think it’s going to be a good test to see just where we’re at to wrap up summer,” said Buse.
Gervais opens with the Huskies at 6:30 before finishing up with the Trojans at 7:30pm.