Find a Cure Night: Competition with a cause

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Jordan Cobaugh played during the Find a Cure Night of basketball against Woodland High School. Saturday, Jan. 5.

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The Winters High School Warriors hosted Woodland High School in a non-conference game during Find a Cure Night. There was an overwhelming sense of school spirit that continued through all four games. All four Warriors teams played on Saturday, Jan. 5. Find a Cure Night was a day of basketball to remember WHS alumni Jared Davis of the 2005 graduating class, and throughout the years other community members that have battled life threatening diseases. They were there not only to play basketball but to raise awareness across the community, about life-threatening diseases. This year the Winters basketball teams honored community member Phil Thomson who is battling Alzheimer’s. Phil faces everyday of his life by a simple motto, “Live Philly Strong.” The four games that were played were packed full of fun and at times nail-biting moments. The girls Junior Varsity game was the first to be played, in a well paced game. In the first half of the game, the Warriors sunk the first bucket leaving the score at the half 13-12. In Favor of Winters, made possible by Gianna Carrion in the last two seconds of the half. The second half of the game started with a completely different tone. Woodland came out, with high pressure and double teaming key players. Effectively making the ball handler unable to shoot or pass. The Warriors responded with more of the same tactic. In the last two minutes of the game Carrion drove the ball up the net with a lay up and drew the penalty, which allowed her to tie up the game. Carrion had 11 total points for the game, followed by Xiamara Guzman with seven and Riley Schroeder sunk two buckets for six. The regular game play ended at 25-25. The game went into double overtime ending with a score of 33-32, a win for Woodland. “Although it was disappointing to lose the game it was valuable that the team was able to experience a double-overtime game. It brought up a new list of strategies and skills that we have to go over in the next few practices,” said Coach Tom Crisp. Crisp went on to say, “With a close game like that it brings up several end-of-game situations that we need to cover in practice. Also, we definitely need to do a better job rebounding on defense.” The boys Junior Varsity team played a much faster game and it took them a while to warm up. David Reyes control the scoring with 25 points. Yahir Sanchez, Diego Valencia, Jacob Barry Carson Lowrie, Tony Garcia, Memo Valdez and Ricardo Fierros together had less than half of Reyes points total combined. The skill on the court was evenly matched. The deciding factor of a winner in the game was it being a numbers game. The more shots attempted made leads to the winner of the game. The final score of the game was 47-30, a win for the Warriors. “We started off cold, but eventually shots fell. Our effort was great,” said Coach Jon Davis. During the Girls Varsity game the girls played a game that was much slower in pace. The spectators got a real treat when AliAnn Iten took the court after being out due to an injury from when she played Volleyball in the fall. The girl’s game together under Iten’s leadership and presence on the court. The team spirit was through the roof, seeming like all the games in December never happened. It was like watching a new team. The final score was 53-30 a numerical win for Woodland. There was a more important win for the Warriors, that they are playing like a team again. The last game of the night went to the boys Varsity Basketball team. The boys took the court and played a a very fast paced game. Ethan Berg led the Warriors scoring plays with 18 points. Closely followed by Jeremy Alberg with 15 points and Jordan Cobaugh with 12  points. The scoring was closed out by Ruben Valencia with six points. The final score was 55-51 in Woodland’s favor. The last two minutes of the game was decided by a series of penalty shots and two pointers, and it almost came down to a buzzer beater. The basketball played on Saturday by the Warriors was the best I have seen this season, despite the outcome. The Warriors next games will be against Colusa in a home conference game. All four teams will play on Tuesday, Jan. 8, starting at 3:30 pm. Then on Wednesday all four Warriors teams will travel to Woodland Christian for a set of non-conference games, starting at 3:30 pm. On Friday, Jan. 11 the girls will host and the boys will travel to Willows in a Sacramento Valley League game.]]>

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