After taking their lumps their first couple of seasons on the track, it’s safe to say to Fort St. John Killbillies are finding their stride. The team got what may have been their biggest win in the team’s history, a 116-85 victory over Grande Prairie on Saturday night, a team that has given Fort St. John some of their most lopsided defeats in the past.
Coach Ashley Large said the win was a great one for the team given that it was a common occurrence in the past to be blown out by the Rage n Fyre.
“It was an incredible feeling for the girls,” he stated. “For about half of our team this was just another win, another half of our team this was a bit of a monumental victory as we’ve lost to Grande Prairie by large margins. They’ve beat us three times in the past four years and each time by at least 100, or 150 points.”
The Killbillies have responded with two big wins following a disappointing loss against the Northern Mayhem, a make-up team from various groups around the region. In hindsight it could be argued the loss was a needed wake-up call to help the squad take the next step in their progression.
“My wife commented on how frustrating it was to lose that game and I said maybe that was a loss we needed to wake us up to strategize differently,” Large admitted. “We thought outside the box. Francis Break’Em who’s been out but has been helping me at practice and on the bench brought some newer ideas to the table after that game. She was on the bench for that game and gave me some good insight. I think a loss to a team that we all felt that we should have been able to beat really opened up our eyes.”
The Killbillies have one more game this season before their year comes to a close. They’ll be on the road on July 17.