TRURO - The Cobequid Cougars want nothing less than a Northumberland Region girls basketball banner Friday night.
After carrying a perfect 4-0 record in league play this season, who could blame them?
The Cougars have had an excellent season and boast their strongest roster in several years as they await the winner of Wednesday's regional semifinal between the North Nova Gryphons and Dr. John Hugh Gillis Royals. Results were unavailable at press time. Friday's final is set for 7 p.m. at CEC Gym.
"We want to win it bad," Cougars senior Ryann McNamara said. "It's nice to win the region. We won in Grade 10 and we've been doing really well lately."
The Cougars earned a bye to the final thanks to finishing atop the region's regular season standings. Cobequid took both of their meetings with the Royals and Gryphons and have posted several strong runs at tournaments.
McNamara, a 17-year-old Valley resident, said that's mainly because of the team's stingy defence.
"Our defence keeps us in the game most times when we're not doing good on offence," she said.
The Cobequid offence has been hit and miss this season, but the team has been working on ironing out its issues and feels that won't pose a problem come Friday.
McNamara said she feels the bye to the final will prove to be a huge advantage for the Cougars.
"Because we didn't have to worry about last night," she said. "We can just focus on Friday."