In the most remote region of Chile, where bad weather goes with daily activities. Where the wind, cold, snow and rain decorate green land and is not contaminated. In that part of the country where fewer people live, a group of young people light red dot, a flame is hard to turn off. Then, a complete page of the history of Chile basketball was re-published. Duplicate of the episode written the previous year. Here's Is-15 the girls, who showed Aysén a great, excellent, great, efficient game to shout that they are American dynamic champions. Full gym, starting to end, and with the future in their mercy, the Huasitas showed a surprising and hopeful hierarchy.
The first great sport of this group goes back to last year. In November 2017, the national team who played at the time as Is 14 was crowned as a South American digital champion who was played in Colombia. Given that the defense of the title in the subsequent Sub-15, the Aysén was the main goal. And if not, you should be in the best three tournaments, as that would give up the right to participate in the Benefit Sub-16 next year. And, after winning at the southern end of Chile, everything was accomplished.
The group was ordered by Warren Espinosa, a Costa Rica technician who has spent years in the country. With experience in National League teams, she is now spending her days as the main women's basketball coach. Here is the trainer who ordered the Sub-14 and the one that grew up with Is 15. "We were a week before the tournament in Aysén. The strength of this group is & # 39; The union, not only the 12 girls who took part, has more than 20 in the six months that gave the best of each in each of the trainers, "said Espinosa.
However, its interpreters must be given to the title. Santiago Catalina Valenzuela (15 years, foundation), Pía Henríquez (15, on), arrived Gabriela Ahumada (14, pivot), Leyla Olivares (15, pivot) to Fernanda Ovalle (15, onwards), chosen as the best tournament player Catalina Ramírez (15, pivot) or Antofagasta took; from Punta Arenas they call Barbara Torres (15, base) and Valentina Ojeda (15, pivot); from Castro mentioned by Damera Alarcón (15, foundation); Concepción Francisca Rocha (15, pivot) arrived; who joined Puerto Montt with Josefa Orrego (15 onwards) and Martina Gallardo (15, onwards).
The 12 selected were grouped under the name of Huasitas, their own nickname in the first South America won. "It's coming from the south. Those of Santiago say we're talking to be scared, more cantadito. They were beaten a bit too, so we got that name, "Josefa Orrego explained. "It's derived from the south, but it represents all of Chile because of the Huaso and Huasa when they dance. We have already assigned it, the whole process is in coincide with us and people find us, "added his wife Martina Gallardo.
The way to the South America bicampeonato was not easy. The Sub-15 had an unexpected conversation in their first time, when they fell to Argentina in a full gym. The latter was one of those cases that also stimulated a deep reflection in those chosen. The great number of people were surprised and even declining in the game. "We were feeling nervous, focused and not comfortable. We have never played with so many people," said Valentina Ojeda. He added: "Later we realized that these little things can not affect us in the game."
After the first time, he met the National Team to talk. Espinosa led the conversation where they intended not to lose again. The goal that goes on their heads is to go to the World Cup and if they are losing the second, against Uruguay, that would disappear. The victory against the charruas and the later against Colombia put them in half a half where they were sent to Brazil. And in the definition they take all their experience, short in years but are rich in basketball. In the definition, Ecuador can not go ahead of the Chilean wind storm and Aysén's wind honored to stay with a widespread victory and with the title.
"We started nervously, also confidently, but we still did not easily. We realized that no-one was going to give us the cup and it was. we have to fight more, "said Barbara Torres.
The songs and nerve full gym came to an end in favor of the Huasitas. "The public support was lovely, we would never expect such a reception. We're grateful to them for all the love we gave us," summarizes Catalina Valenzuela. "We felt the pressure, we had to revalidate the title at home. We were used to the public, they were part of us and they were shouting with us. In the games he served," he added. Pía Henríquez.
Regarding the title, everything was a joy after boating Ecuador. "The feeling is great. We came out to champions twice and no-one had done that before. They all improved in comparison to last year," says Gabriela Ahumada.
On the other hand, Dameras Alarcón highlights the commitment of the players and training staff: "In the concentrations left by families, some anniversary, leaving friends at school. We are part of a family that has been Forming last year, we are not just a team. The connection between us is something we've never had to experience in a team. "
The tournament MVP, Fernanda Ovalle, who also excelled in U14, showed the qualities that he placed as one of the most promising figures in national basketball. And that's out in a group where all the players are of a high standard. "It was a very difficult tournament, where we were facing high and strong teams. I'm very happy to be a better player, it's another motivation for me, to make an effort and keep working," he said.
And that's the spirit of this team that continues to grow and is part of a plan to promote women's basketball, and these two titles have been confirmed. Iran Arcos, president of the Chile Basketball Federation, appreciates the progress this branch has had. "It's been a year with a lot of competition. In November and December, we will be planning to plan the work of these women. We must watch international tournaments to reach the World Cup. Positive things bring the first thing is the construction of the future, "he said.
Despite having two South American titles on hand, the Huasitas are not cut into the desire to expand their profits. The Post 16 Sub-16 Update is on the horizon with the only goal of reaching the World Cup. The conquest of the planet fills the ambition of a group that has already devoted the continent, but still hungry.