The Winters High School junior varsity women laced up for another week of basketball last Tuesday, Jan 4 against Colusa High School. Unfortunately, the injury-plagued Warriors would go on to lose in extraordinary fashion as the Redhawks would leave with a 67-0 victory.
“I think the score says it all,” said head coach Tom Crisp.
The varsity women, however, were able to get their game in against a ferocious Colusa squad. Although the Warriors took a 53-21 loss, they learned much about their opponents and are ready to square off against the Redhawks again.
“Colusa ran a high screen and roll, and we learned how to switch a screen, communicate through it and how to provide help defense. The girls work hard, are kind to each other and do the best they can,” said head coach Jeff Christian. “We ended up losing 53-21, but can’t wait for the next time we play them.”
COVID would also waylay the junior varsity men from all competition last week, however their game against Colusa has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 12.
While COVID sidelined the other WHS basketball teams, the varsity men were able to get in a full week of competition starting with Colusa. The Warriors put up a solid fight, winning by 2 points at the half, however the Redhawks would soar back to snag a 48-36 victory.
Later in the week, the Varsity squad would attend the “Love of the Game Classic” in East Nicolaus. The Warriors kicked off their tournament against Redding Christian School and would lose to the Lions 49-31.
Later in the tournament, the Warriors squared off against a formidable Williams High School team. The Yellowjackets thought they’d stung Winters with a loss, but Diego Valencia came in clutch with a layup in the dwindling seconds of the game to help the Warriors win 52-50.
The theatrics wouldn’t end there as the team would take on the tournament host of East Nicolaus High School next. The Warriors would pour the Spartans a tall glass of bitter defeat and come home with a 41-40 victory.
“In the Saturday finale we were missing two starters, but thanks to great play by the whole squad, we came back from a 12-point deficit at halftime and won by one point,” said head coach Brendan McShea. “Despite injuries and missing players, every game was a hard-fought competition that shows how dangerous this team can be when we all play together. Every guy knows he can step up when his number is called and help the team.”