Two local basketball players are members of the 15-and-under provincial development program and they were scheduled to play their first games of the season with the Nova Scotia squad over the Canada Day weekend.
Samantha MacDougall and Chelsea Surette. Eric Bourque photo
Samantha MacDougall is a 14-year-old who this fall will begin Grade 9.
Chelsea Surette is a 15-year-old who this fall will enter Grade 10.
As members of the provincial U15 developmental program, they are part of a squad that includes players from throughout Nova Scotia, from Yarmouth to North Sydney.
The team was slated to take part in the Red Rock Classic tournament on Prince Edward Island over the July 1 weekend.
Also on the team’s schedule for this summer are the Bluenose Classic in Halifax (over the July 15 weekend) and the Saint John Summerfest in New Brunswick.
The tournaments are very competitive and a great chance for the athletes to travel and make new friends, says provincial development team coach Anne Armstrong.
She was asked about the Yarmouth players on her team.
MacDougall, she said, is a “hard-working, intelligent basketball player, easy to coach because she wants to learn and be the best she can be. Great leadership on and off the court.”
Surette, Armstrong said, “is a talented shooter with the ability to finish at the rim. She also works very hard and gives everything when she is on the court. Because of her desire to improve, she is a pleasure to coach.”
Both girls, Armstrong said, seem to have a bright future in basketball.
The focus of the U15 development program is on skills and basketball concepts, she said.
The coaches for this summer’s development program include Armstrong, the West Nova high school girls coach and former assistant at St. F. X., and university players Steph Hiltz (Dalhousie) and Sam Martin (Saint Mary’s).