HELENA — The crosstown rivalry will reignite Thursday and Friday as the Helena High Bengals host the Helena Capital Bruins on the hardwood. The boys basketball game will take place on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., but the girls squads have an extra day of practice, as they tip off on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Both girls teams enter the game undefeated with matching 8-0 records.
“It’s business as usual for us. Yes, it’s a big week for us, but also it’s just game No. 9 of what we hope to be a 20-plus-game season,” said Capital head coach Katie Garcin-Forba. “So for us, we’re continuing to focus on what we want to do well and focus on the little details that we want to keep improving on.”
It’s business as usual, because they’re ‘trusting the process.’ While Garcin-Forba and the Bruins aren’t Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers circa 2014, the first-year coach and her squad bought into the concept, and it appears to be working.
“With it being a new offense and more flow and free, we just have to learn to be patient on offense and trust each other and just trust the process,” said Capital senior Megan Lindbo.
“Obviously a new coach, and we’re running new schemes and there’s going to be highs and lows that come with that,” said Garcin-Forba. “We graduated five seniors last year, so different girls stepping into different roles, and really just getting the kids to trust what we’re trying to do and what out longterm goal is, and trusting each other in that process.”