The Winters High School basketball athletes are back out on the court for the winter sports season.
The junior varsity women tipped off their season on Nov. 30 with a home-opener against St. Helena. The Warriors were still shedding their off-season rust, however, and suffered a 55-18 loss to the Saints.
Later in the week on Dec. 2, the junior varsity squad entered a tournament where their first opponent was a familiar foe in Sutter. The Huskies let the fur — and points — fly and defeated the Warriors 48-11.
The next day, the Warriors took on Pierce. The junior varsity team put up a fight through the entire game, yet they couldn’t grab the victory, clenched in the Bears’ jaws, losing 27-19.
Following that game on Dec. 4, the junior varsity women would walk into a wall of points put up by Woodland Christian and would lose 45-8.
“We are very inexperienced in terms of knowledge and skills, with about two-thirds of the team not having played organized games before,” said head coach Tom Crisp. “Everyone is getting playing time and I am learning what each player can do at this point, so we can focus our practices on what they need most.”
The women’s varsity squad also laced up for their basketball season opener on Nov. 30 against the visiting St. Helena Saints. In an absolute showdown, the Warriors not only won an epic 47-43 victory, but their first victory since January of 2018.
Entering in the same tournament as the junior varsity team, the varsity team took on a ferocious Sutter Husky squad. The game went down to crunch time, but the Warriors ended up losing a nail-biter 38-35.
On Dec. 3, the Warriors took on a formidable Clear Lake team. Unfortunately, the varsity squad couldn’t get the shots to fall as the Cardinals would peck out a 45-17 victory.
The last opponent for the Warriors in the week were the Wheatland Pirates. Another close game going shot for shot, but the Pirates would pull ahead to hook themselves a 35-27 victory.
“The girls played a great game against St. Helena and the team got its first win since January of 2018,” raved the varsity head coach Jeff Christian. “They have great chemistry, play great together and have been in close games. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”
The WHS men’s junior varsity team took to the court in tournament action on Dec. 1, against the Dixon Rams. Despite the Warrior defense, they couldn’t stop the Rams and would lose 56-24.
The next day, the junior varsity squad would take on the Pierce Bears.
Unfortunately, the Warriors couldn’t withstand the Bears’ onslaught of offense and would lose 47-25.
The varsity squad started their season off with a bang in a thriller against St. Helena. The Warriors battled for four, hard-fought quarters and left St. Helena with a 57-52 victory over the Saints.
On Dec. 2, the Warriors hit the road once again to face off against the Sacramento Country Day Cavaliers. The varsity men were firing on all cylinders offensively and defensively as they won 43-13, putting a nasty dent in the Cavalier’s record.