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As the joke goes: What does an 800-pound gorilla do? Anything it wants.

Eighth-graders Alyssa Lewis, No. 21, and Liza Westervelt guard an opponent from the Beaver Creek Bobcats during their game on Thursday, Dec, 5, in the Big Park gymnasium.The Big Park Community School girls basketball team is the 800-pound gorilla of girls middle school basketball in the region, seemingly doing whatever it wants in its games against other regional teams, but respectfully.

The Coyotes hosted the Bourgade Catholic Junior High girls basketball team on Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Village of Oak Creek and easily won their 10th game of the season with no losses, 36-8.

The Coyotes were looking sharp even before the game started by doing a series of drills that head coach Kirk Westervelt said mimics their practices.

“We don’t scrimmage, ever,” he said, “They just do passing drills, cutting, setting picks, they’ve got to curl around screens and catch and shoot. If they pass to me a weak pass, I send them back to the line.”

Westervelt said he has the girls focus mostly on fundamentals because he wants them to be ready to move on to the next level.
“That way the high schools don’t have to teach them that,” he said. “A good feeder program makes the kids be ready in high school to play at a high school level.”

For the full story, please see the Wednesday, Dec. 11, issue of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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