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Capital and Sentinel Girls Fight for Western Conference Thursday

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Last week the Capital Bruins boys basketball team clinched the Western Conference title as well as a first round bye. This week the attention shifts to the Capital girls basketball team when they get ready to take on Sentinel this Thursday as they try to secure their own Western Conference title.

Thursday is round two of last year's the girls' championship rematch between Capital and Sentinel. Game one started with a 12 point Sentinel lead at half, but ended with a 55-50 Capital win. A win that they say gave the team new life.

"It boosted our confidence and we knew that even though we were down we came back strong and that shows we can beat any team if we put our mind to it," said junior guard McKenzie Johnston.

"That was definitely our gut check moment," said senior forward Sierra Bignell. "It was either that or play or go home. Now we know if we're down we can come back so it's just confidence mostly."

"Confidence is such a huge weapon and that just gave us a lot of confidence," remarked Capital head coach Bill Pilgeram. "It finally got us over the hump that we had not been at in a couple years."

And after getting that monkey off their back in game one, Capital is still feeling the pressure. Because this time it's for all the marbles, at least in the Western Conference.

"I think it's a little bit more pressure," said Johnston. "Not because we're over at Sentinel, but because we both need that win and we're going to be fighting for that win."

"I would say it's pretty much the same, or even more important cause it's like the conference championship game. It'll decide. So it's a pretty important game," said Bignell.

That's one of our goals, okay. And that just, it solidifies one of the goals we want to achieve. It's all about the journey getting those goals and we'll get that goal and know that we can get one more hopefully," said Pilgeram.

So win, and take the Western Conference outright along with a first round bye. But lose, and open up a door for Sentinel. It's in their hands.

 

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