Camosun basketball coach nets third consecutive award
March 2, 2010
With the tip-off of the BCCAA Provincial Basketball Championships just days away, Camosun head coach Brett Westcott and the Chargers women are putting the final touches on their game plan and lacing up to make their fourth consecutive appearance at the Provincial playoffs and to defend their 2009 Championship title.
The team is also celebrating a number of individual awards which will be presented this Saturday at the Provincial Championship hosted by Vancouver Island University, March 4-6.
Among the award recipients, Chargers head coach Brett Westcott picked up his third consecutive BCCAA Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year award for his coaching excellence achievements.
"Well, winning this award again is a surprise,” commented Coach Westcott. “It obviously means the coaches in our league have some respect for our attempts to rebuild with a new young roster this season. I think this type of recognition shows an acknowledgment the girls have improved as a group and maybe done better than most people expected at the start of the season. I am lucky to have been able to keep continuity with our staff and they all know they are allowed to have opinions and collectively we try to do what is best for the team."
In crediting his crew of coaches and student-athletes the Camosun coach emphasized the importance of team values, "Our goal is to be competitive each season knowing we have to change half our roster each season since we are still a college without many degree options. Ultimately an award like this reflects a great effort from all the players and the coaches because one person does not make a team successful."
Camosun also picked up two All-Star awards. Second-year wing/post Chelsea McMullen from Prince George (and freshly recruited from Camosun’s rival team, the UNBC Timberwolves) received her first First Team All-Star playing for Camosun. McMullen finished the season second overall in points, scoring a whopping 294 (16.33 per game) over the 18-game season.
Second-year post from Claremont, Teresa Hartrick received her second BCCAA 2nd Team All-Star for her outstanding performance throughout the season. Despite missing two games due to injuries, Hartrick made an impressive contribution of 212 points, averaging 13.25 per game and landing eighth overall in the league.
"Both Chelsea and Teresa have worked hard,” said Coach Westcott. Teresa has been playing hurt much of the season, but she is still one of the best shooting post players in our league. Chelsea is a tremendous athlete who likes to score and creates problems for other teams with her quickness; if she ever becomes more consistent at both ends of the court, she could be the best player in our league next season."
Although Westcott considers it an honor for him and his athletes to be recognized by his peers in the league, his focus is on the job ahead at the BCCAA Championships – and the Chargers are back to the business at hand. And despite being the defending Champions, Camosun enters the playoffs as the fourth-seeded team versus the team everyone is after.
“Our team is a much different group than last year,” reported Coach Westcott. “We have had more struggles associated with a lack of experience and injuries than we have ever had. One thing working in our favor is that we’re not walking around with a bulls-eye on our back. The favorites this year are the first seeded UNBC Timberwolves, followed UBCO who is ranked second and the host school, VIU who is ranked third.”
Camosun’s first task at the playoffs is to get past the fifth-seeded Capilano University Blues in the Quarter-final round on Thursday, March 4th at 6pm.
“We will have to defend well and execute well,” said Coach Westcott. “Capilano is explosive offensively so if we do not defend well, we will struggle. On the other hand, if we play well, it is a hill we can climb. The most rewarding part of the season will happen if we put forth a strong effort during the playoffs."
While sudden death awaits the loser of this game, the winner will advance to the Semi-finals on Friday, March 5.
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