Basketball teams head to playoffs

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With the end of the regular season, both of the Winters High School varsity teams laced up for playoff competition. With battle-hardened opponents to contend with, both Warrior squads were ready to make their presence felt.

The WHS women’s team tipped off their Northern Section playoff run last Tuesday, Feb. 15 against Oroville High School. The Tiger defense was ferocious, however, keeping the Warriors scoreless in the first quarter. While the Warriors held strong defensively themselves, they couldn’t get traction on the offensive side of the ball.

When it was all said and done, the varsity women lost to Oroville 35–13. A score un-indicative of the hard work and effort the squad had put forth in a tremendous regular season.

“We had an incredible season and I was so proud to be part of the Winters community and proud of the steps our team took this season,” praised head coach Jeff Christian. “The game in itself provided a huge transformative process for our team. We ended up losing 35-13, but the second half score was 15-12. As a coach, you always want your team to show progress and I can say all season long we got better and better. There is an upside to Winters Girls Basketball, and we will continue to work hard, love each other and have fun learning and how to compete at a high level.”

Meanwhile, the varsity men kicked off their playoff run the next day on Wednesday, Feb. 16 against Colusa High School. A slow start offensively for the Warriors, the squad only put up 10 points in the first half. They picked up the pace in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome the offensive onslaught by the RedHawks and would lose 55-33.

The Warrior squad would end their incredible season with an overall record of 13-13 while fighting tooth and nail all-the-while.

“It’s always tough for the season to end, but I told the guys in the locker room that the lessons of perseverance and teamwork they learned during this season will be meaningful throughout their lives,” said head coach Brendan McShea. “Colusa had the win on Wednesday, but we competed until the very end.”

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