Warriors hoops take on Rio Vista, Vaca Christian

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Women’s basketball
The Winters High School junior varsity women’s basketball team laced up to compete last Wednesday, Dec. 8 against the Rio Vista Rams. The team’s struggles continued with a 34-14 loss.

“We are still struggling with every aspect of the game,” said head coach Tom Crisp. “On the positive side, 11 of our 12 players have made a least one basket at this point.”

Meanwhile, the varsity squad took on Vacaville Christian High School earlier in the week on Dec. 6. The Warriors put a hurting on the Falcons in their home nest and left with a 49-11 victory.

The varsity team then traveled to Rio Vista on Dec. 8 where they put up a spirited fight in a 33-23 loss. Two days later, the Warriors would take out their frustrations on the visiting Esparto Spartans by handing them a hefty 46-5 loss.

“I’m having so much fun coaching this group of amazing young ladies,” lauded head coach Jeff Christian. “We’re continuing to work on the fundamentals in practice and then the application in the games. It’s been exciting to see the transformation in each player.”

Men’s basketball
On Dec. 6, the junior varsity men’s basketball squad would head down I-80 to take on Vacaville Christian High School. Though it’d be a tough game as they would come home with a 58-36 loss.

The junior varsity team rebounded, though, when they took on the visiting Rio Vista Rams on Dec. 8. Going into the half down 17-22, the Warriors surged back to take a 26-24 lead going into the fourth quarter. According to junior varsity head coach Dave Callison, that’s when the referees dictated the rest of the game.

“The refs awarded the Rams 15 free-throws in the final quarter with an overall free-throw disparity of 41-10 in favor of the Rams,” said Callison. “The boys fought hard, but nothing could be done. I’ve never seen anything like it in my 20-plus years of coaching boy’s basketball.”

The varsity team tipped off their week against Vacaville Christian as well. Although they held the Falcons to 17 points in the first half, the Warrior offense froze in the second half and the squad would lose 39-15.

Undeterred by the loss, Varsity welcomed Rio Vista with open arms on Dec. 8. The Warrior offense ignited this time around and the men would go off for 55 in their 55-24 victory over the Rams. The Warrior offense stayed hot two days later as the team would burn the visiting Esparto Spartans with 53-35 win.

“It was a team effort in the home opener. We held Rio Vista to nine points in the first half with five guys scoring seven or more points,” praised head coach Brendan McShea. “We continue to grow as a team with each game and our seniors have been great leaders in games and practice They’re strong voices that keep everyone focused on being a  great team together.”

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