Warriors basketball game recap: Dec. 22, 2021

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Women’s basketball
The Winters High School junior varsity women’s team hit the road for their only game this week against Anderson Union High School. The Cubs were ungracious hosts and served the Warriors a 59-12 loss.

Injuries have also plagued the squad this season as Madeline Archibeque sustained a broken elbow in the game against Rio Vista High School, and Lauren Back a broken finger in practice.

“Despite getting beaten by wide margins in all but one of our games, the girls still have a positive attitude,” said head coach Tom Crisp. “It was heartening after the Anderson game when one of the officials commented on how polite our players were.”

The varsity squad also traveled to Anderson to square off against the Cubs. Offense and defense were firing on all cylinders in an all-around great game, and although the Warriors lost 39-35, they took home valuable game-time experience.

A couple days later the Warriors would traveled up I-80 to take on the Sacramento Country Day Cavaliers. With only six active players, the Warriors didn’t let fatigue play a factor in their 28-11 victory.

“The team played great, and we gained some valuable experience playing on the road. Emily Dodic has been tremendous being the floor general and blossoming into a team leader,”said head coach Jeff Christian, praising his team. “We’re playing with only six girls right now, so all players are pretty much playing the entire game. But my girls love each other, play hard and get better every game.”

Men’s basketball
Unfortunately, the junior varsity men’s team were unable to play their only scheduled game last week against Dixon as it was cancelled due to the heavy rains which caused a leak in the gymnasium roof.

Although the game against Dixon was cancelled for the varsity men’s team as well, the squad entered the Georgia Racznick Tournament later that week in Colusa.

Their first opponent was long-time Butte View League rival, the Sutter Union High School Huskies. It was a hard-fought game, but the Warriors would end losing 59-44.

The varsity men would rebound the next day when they took on Paradise High School and snagged a close, 51-44 victory over the Bobcats.

In the last game of the tournament for the Warriors, they took on 505-rival, Pierce High School. The Bears’ offense wasn’t hibernating, however, as they would sneak a 41-36 win over Winters.

“Our team looked great in strides playing hard against different teams in a short period of time,” said head coach Brendan McShea. “Our defense continues to improve as a whole-team effort that is keeping opponents under 50 points. It’s a long season and an early tournament is a fantastic place to build our foundation for success against other teams.”

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