The Winters High School junior varsity women’s basketball team laced up for competition last week starting with an away game against Pierce High School on Tuesday, Feb. 1. Although the Warriors held their opponents to six points in the first quarter, the Bears woke up from hibernation and would tear out a 45-8 victory over Winters.
A few days later on Feb. 4, the Warriors squared off against a battle-hardened Live Oak High School squad. The Warriors would prove no match for the Lions, ultimately losing 47-6.
The varsity women’s squad also traveled to Pierce, however faced the same ferocious offense the junior varsity team did and would lose 53-13.
Undeterred by the tough loss, the varsity women were prepared to host Live Oak High School a few days later. The visitors had a 17-9 lead going into the half, but the Warriors rallied and would rip the victory out of the Lions’ jaws and win 40-32.
“It was a big step for the team to take; to learn how to not give up and work a little harder,” said head coach Jeff Christian. “We keep getting better and better and it will be sad to see the season come to an end.”
Pierce proved as dastardly against the junior varsity boys as well. Although playing host, the Bears were firing on all cylinders holding the Warriors to just 21 points while putting up 58 of their own in the win.
The difficult week continued for the junior varsity squad, as they laced up against Live Oak next. According to head coach Dave Callison, the three-pointers just weren’t falling and the Warriors missed around 20. A tough team to be sure, as the junior varsity men would lose as well.
The Pierce Bears would complete their sweep against all WHS basketball teams as they took on the varsity men last. Down 10 at halftime, the Warriors battled back to within two points, however, the Bears would go on to win 57-41 and dampen the spirits of the home team’s Senior Night.
Celebrating their own Senior Night was Live Oak as they hosted the visiting varsity Warriors. A hard-fought game that required overtime to settle, unfortunately for Winters, the Lions would go on to win 43-37.
“Friday we traveled to Live Oak and faced a team and a crowd that was fired up for their Senior Night,” said head coach Brendan McShea. “We were tied at halftime and struggling to make open looks in the third quarter. We were able to tie in regulation but ultimately fell short in overtime. Luckily, we’ll be facing Live Oak next Wednesday in the first round of the league tournament at home.”