High school hoops tips off

Wellington’s senior AA girls’ b-ball team won its first league game of the season Tuesday, 89-10 over the Highland Raiders.

Wellington Wildcats player Olivia Mjaaland scores on a layup during a game against the Highland Raiders on Tuesday in senior AA league play at the Wellington Secondary School gym. The ’Cats won 89-10.

Wellington Wildcats player Olivia Mjaaland scores on a layup during a game against the Highland Raiders on Tuesday in senior AA league play at the Wellington Secondary School gym. The ’Cats won 89-10.

The Wellington Wildcats were ready for the tipoff of basketball season, the opposition, not so much.

Wellington Secondary School’s senior AA girls’ b-ball team won their first league game of the season Tuesday in their home gym, 89-10 over the Highland Raiders. The ’Cats led by an unheard-of 51-0 score at halftime.

“We’ve just got to stay focused and keep mentally strong through it and not just give up in the first when we’re winning by a lot,” said Olivia Mjaaland, who scored 16 points in the win.

She said the team can still use blowout games to improve, working on things like executing plays on offence.

Be it a close game or a blowout, Mjaaland said basketball season is her favourite time of year.

“I think we’re going to have a really good season this year,” she said.

Victoria Brown was Wellington’s top scorer with 18 points and Kaitlyn Franklin, Hannah Boas and Amber John each scored 12 points.

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