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By DAVON JAMES Staff Writer Dedication and tenacity turn a good team into a great team. Heading into the fall season, the Niagara Knights’ women’s varsity team is more than excited to begin a new chapter of the upcoming basketball season. Finishing last year’s season with 11 wins and seven losses, the Knights seek a better season beginning Oct 24. This year, the Knights are hosts for the 2015-16 provincials having high hopes of contending for a medal come playoff time. Recruitment was a big boost this year for the Knights, adding six new guards and two new forwards to the roster. “For the first time in my tenure we have depth and talent at every position,’’ explains Head Coach Mike Beccaria. “Having significantly improved from last year’s roster, it will take time and hard work to seize team chemistry and incorporate everyone into the mix of things.” Beccaria outlines key attributes that are going to be the primary focus for the team to meet its number 1 goal at the yearend, contending for a provincial championship. “A fit team that is unified for a common purpose is required and the cliché about defence winning championships is very true. For basketball, you have to add rebounding to that equation.’’ That makes all the difference in the outcome of a crucial basketball game. With the Knights recently adding two new forwards, they’re striving to bring a resilient defensive presence to the court. Commitment to improving their skill-set every day will be a key focus for the players as well as maintaining a positive mental attitude as they find themselves in a challenging division this year. “Our conference is very strong and each game presents a significant challenge,’’ says Beccaria. Knights second-year forward Courtney McPherson explains her individual goals and offers her thoughts on the team’s focal point for success. “Some of my personal goals for this season is to win an OCAA (Ontario College Athletic Association) medal with my sister. Also I want to achieve more than what I accomplished last year.’’ Teamwork is the ability to work together for a common goal. McPherson emphasizes the team’s plan. “I find that our team needs to focus mainly on our defence because defence wins games so that is something to focus on. Also not only to be a team, but to become a family.’’