In the most isolated region of Chile, where unpleasant weather conditions accompany everyday activities. Where wind, cold, snow and rain adorn the green and untamed land. In this part of the country, where fewer people live, a group of teenagers lit a red dot, a flame that is difficult to extinguish. There was published a complete page of the history of Chilean basketball. Duplicate chapter that they wrote in the previous year. This is Sub15 for women who at Aysén presented prolix, a brilliant, brilliant and productive game to shout that they are two-time South American champions. A full gym, from the beginning to the end, and with the future at their mercy, Huasitas demonstrated a surprising and hopeful hierarchy.
The first great achievement of this group dates back to last year. In November 2017, the national team that played at the time as the Sub 14 was crowned as the undefeated champion of South America who played in Colombia. Taking this into account, the main goal was to defend the title in the next pod15, Aysén. And if not, find yourself in the three best tournaments, because it would give you the right to participate in Premundial Sub 16 next year. And after winning in the southern Chile zone, everything has been achieved.
The group was commanded by Warren Espinosa, a technician from Costa Rica, who spent many years in the country. With experience in National League teams, he now spends his days as a women's basketball coach. It was the coach who commanded the submarine 14 and the one who grew up in Sub 15. "We were a week before the Aysén tournament. The strength of this group is the relationship. It's not just the 12 girls who participated, it's over 20, which for six months have done their best in all training, "says Espinosa.
However, the title should be given to translators. Santiago Catalina Valenzuela (15 years old), Pía Henríquez (15, striker), Gabriela Ahumada (14, pivot), Leyla Olivares (15, pivot) and Fernanda Ovalle (15th, striker) who was chosen as the best player arrived from Santiago. Catalina Ramírez (15 years old, pivot) participated in Antofagasta; from Punta Arenas they named Bárbara Torres (15, base) and Valentina Ojeda (15, pivot); Castro was mentioned Dámaris Alarcón (15, base); Concepción arrived Francisca Rocha (15, pivot); and Puerto Montt joined Josefa Orrego (15) and Martina Gallardo (15).
The 12 elected were grouped under the name Huasitas, a pseudonym that they imposed on themselves in the first South America they won. "They come from the south, those from Santiago say we are talking like we were afraid, more cantadito, they were also beaten up, so we have that name", explains Josef Orrego. "It's from the south, but it represents all of Chile because of huaso and huasa, when they dance." We've already taken it, the whole process has accompanied us and people have identified us, "adds his compatriot Martin Gallardo.
The road to South American bicampeonato was not easy. The Sub15 had unexpected stumbling blocks in their debut when they went to Argentina in a gym packed to the brim. The latter was one of the reasons for this failure, which also caused deep reflection in the chosen ones. A large number of people surprised them and even disoriented them in the game. "We felt nervous, out of focus and uncomfortable, we've never played with so many people," says Valentina Ojeda. He adds: "We later realized that these little things can not affect us in the game."
After the debut, the national team met to talk. Espinosa led the conversation, in which they suggested not to lose again. Going to the world championship is the goal that is still in their heads and if they lose the second duel against Uruguay, which will disappear. Victory against Charrúas, and later against Colombia, set them in the semi-final where they sent to Brazil. And in the definition they took all their experience, short years, but rich in basketball. In the definition of Ecuador, he could not overtake the Chilean wind which honored the Aysén wind to remain with a broad victory and title.
"We started to get nervous, confident, but we noticed that it would not be easy, we realized that no one would give us a cup and we would have to fight more", says Bárbara Torres.
Lust and nerves in the full gymnasium proved to be a factor favoring Huasitas. "Public support was super sweet, we never expected such a party, we are grateful for all the love they have given us," sums up Catalina Valenzuela. "The pressure was felt, we had to re-confirm the title at home, we got used to the public, they were part of us and they were shouting with us." In the games he played, "adds Pía Henríquez.
About the title, everything was a joy after defeating Ecuador. "The feeling is wonderful, we went to two champions and nobody did it before, all improved compared to last year," says Gabriela Ahumada.
On the other hand, Dámaris Alarcón emphasizes the commitment of both the players and the training staff: "In concentration, you left aside, family, birthday, leaving friends in school. We are part of the family that is formed last year, we are not just a team. us is something that I have never experienced in a team. "
The MVP of the tournament, Fernanda Ovalle, who also excelled at U14, demonstrated the qualities that raised her as one of the most promising figures in the national basketball team. And it stands out in the group where all players are at a high level. "It was a very difficult tournament in which we faced high and strong teams, I am very happy that I am a better player, it is another motivation for me to make an effort and continue to work," he says.
And this is the spirit of this team, which is still developing and is part of the women's basketball promotion plan that these two titles confirm. Iran Arcos, president of basketball in Chile, appreciates the progress made by this unit. "It was a year with a lot of competition, we will meet in November and December to plan the work of these girls, we have to watch international tournaments to reach the World Championships. Positive things are coming and the first thing is to build the future" – he says.
Despite having two South American titles in hand, Huasitas do not limit their will to increase their exploits. Premundial Sub 16 from 2019 is on the horizon and the only goal is to win the World Cup. Conquering the planet fills the ambitions of the group that has already taken over the continent, but is still hungry.