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The Girl Geckos Take 2nd in Tianjin
Posted 01/21/2016 01:08PM

The SIS HS girls basketball team started the year thinking this would be a "rebuilding year". We had a very young team made up of grade 9 and 10 students with only one grade 11. Our youth showed in the early games where our players were beginning to get to know each other on the court and learning to work together as a team. We had some success against weaker teams from SWIS and the QSI B team but didn't really start playing well until we faced some much stronger teams in a tournament at the Canadian International School in Hong Kong. This was a turning point in our season. The SIS girls started working well as a team and played off each others strengths.

After the HK tournament I left the girls in the hands of Barry Jenkin, our Athletic Director, and Kurt Callahan while I was away recruiting teachers for next year. The girls played one-day tournaments in Macau and Nansha. They continued to grow together as a team and gain confidence in their abilities.

I got back to Shekou one day before we departed for the ACAMIS tournament in Tianjin. The girls went into the tournament knowing that we would play aggressive, full-court defence and run our offence as best as we could. The first game against YCIS was a huge boost for our confidence as we beat them by nearly 30 points. We were feeling good and were optimistic about the rest of the tournament. This quickly changed when we met the older and bigger girls from BISS. They beat us handily. Our final game on day one was a against Xiamen International School. We matched up nicely with them but after giving them a 13 point lead in the first quarter we were never able to recover and we lost by 6. This game was a character-builder for us as the girls never gave up. Day 2 of ACAMIS was a strong day for us. We won both our games convincingly against Qingdao and the hosts from TEDA. This put us into the semi-finals on Saturday with a chance to redeem ourselves against XIS. The Geckos went into the semi-final and played smart, aggressive basketball and controlled the game from beginning to end. This win advanced us to the finals against BISS. Without looking at the scoreboard an observer would have thought the game was quite close. Our girls played hard from start to finish and made the BISS girls work for every point. In the end, BISS was the strongest team and the Geckos had to settle for 2nd place.

For a rebuilding year the SIS HS girls basketball team did incredibly well. They exceeded everyones expectations and ended the season on a high. If this is what rebuilding looks like the other ACAMIS teams should be very worried about having to play the Geckos in the future!

- Mike Livingston, Bayside Principal, HS Girls Basketball Coach

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