Warriors hoops recap: Dec. 30, 2021

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Women’s basketball
The Winters High School junior varsity women’s basketball team laced up last Tuesday, Dec. 21 for some pre-holiday competition against Woodland Christian High School. Unfortunately, the Warriors’ struggles continued as the Cardinals would peck out a 41-5 win.

“We had two players out with broken bones, two on vacation and one with a doctor’s appointment, so we only had seven players for our game against (Woodland Christian High School),” said head coach, Tom Crisp. “With about five weeks left in the season, it’s all about working on the basic fundamentals and reinforcing strategies that are already in place.”

Meanwhile, the varsity women’s team didn’t fare much better against the Cardinals. Although the Warriors suffered a 38-7 loss, it’s not bad considering they only had four players on the court.

“We ended up playing the majority of the game with only four players. But it was fun watching Allie Aguiar establish herself as a beast on the boards and find ways to help her team,” said head coach, Jeff Christian. “We ended up losing but learned how to work through adversity. I was proud of the four girls and know the effort they’re putting into the team will make them stronger.”

Men’s basketball
That same day, the junior varsity men’s team contended with the Woodland Christian Cardinals. The Warriors fought tooth and nail on both sides of the ball, keeping the game competitive to the last minutes. However, the squad would end up suffering a tough 48-40 loss.

The varsity men’s game was also a proverbial tug of war with the Cardinals. The Warriors were down double digits early in the game but fought back to tie the game going into halftime. After that, the Warriors put the clamps down defensively and would end up winning a 49-48 slugfest.

“The second half was a great contest of two teams who were really well-matched. Marcus Lopez and Colton Brown both scored 17 in the game, and Matt Moore hold their main scorer to five points in the second half,” said head coach Brendan McShea. “Matt also hit a free through with less than a minute to give us a one-point lead. Ultimately, we forced a tough shot at the buzzer that didn’t go in and we went into our winter break with a 49-48 win.”

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