The Winters High School junior varsity women had their hands full last week with three games on the schedule. On Monday, Jan. 24, the Warriors traveled to Paradise High School where they’d get scratched by the Bobcats in a 26-5 loss.
Next up on Wednesday, Jan. 26, the Honkers would fly into town from Willows High School. The Warriors couldn’t get their offense going, however, and lost 37-5.
After that on Friday, Jan. 28, the squad would host East Nicolaus High School. Unfortunately, the Spartans proved as formidable as ever and would win 31-1.
“It was another tough week trying to get bodies to practice and play in games. In the month of January, we have only averaged about five points per game as a team, so shooting is still a challenge,” said head coach Tom Crisp. “The highlight of last week was our man-to-man defense in the first half against East Nicolaus. We held them to only seven points.”
Meanwhile, the varsity women found more success in their week of competition. On Jan. 24, they headed up to Paradise where they’d skin the Bobcats in a 45-32 victory.
After that, they took on Willows on Jan. 26. A close game through and through, but when the clock hit zero, the varsity squad reigned victorious in a 40-35 plucking of the visiting Honkers.
To wrap up their week, the Warriors hosted East Nicolaus on Jan. 28. A game that went down the wire with both teams fighting hard, but the Spartans were able to edge the Warriors in a narrow 42-39 win.
“The girls had an incredible week in the application of their learning,” praised head coach Jeff Christian. “The girls played their best half of basketball and were up 23-22 against East Nicolaus. Unfortunately, someone put a lid on the basket for the third quarter and we didn’t score. We came back and had a chance to tie the game with a final shot but missed it. It was a huge accomplishment for the girls to put themselves in that position, and I’m so proud of my team.”
The junior varsity men were also in action last week and took on a familiar rival in Willows. The Honkers played tough on both sides of the ball, however, and won 54-28.
Looking to rebound after a tough loss, the junior varsity men traveled to East Nicolaus to take on the Spartans. The Warriors would not be denied their victory as their red-hot offense and suffocating defense yielded a 49-44 victory.
Meanwhile, the men’s varsity squad had a full week of competition with three games on the docket. They played host to Paradise on Jan. 24 and would send the Bobcats packing as the Warriors won 54-47.
Next on the hit-list was Willows in a game taking place on Jan. 26. The Warriors’ lock-down defense held the Honkers to only 38 points while putting up 49 themselves and snagging another victory.
Their last game of the week took place on Jan. 28 against East Nicolaus. Always a tough slog against the Spartans — even more so on their Senior Night — the Warriors kept the game close but lost 48-40.
“We went two to one last week with great competition by our guys in all three games. We weren’t able to secure the week sweep by dropping the road game at East Nic, but the team never stopped competing and we were within a possession or two most of the fourth quarter,” said head coach Brendan McShea. “This team is making their mark on the defensive end and is really establishing the Warriors as a team you have to work hard to get points on the board against. We’re poised for a strong finish to the season against some very good teams this week.”