Both of the Winters High School varsity teams laced up for competition last week to wrap up their stellar regular seasons.
The varsity women’s team squared off against Live Oak High School on Wednesday, Feb. 9 with Emily Dodic spearheading the offense with 19 points. With lock-down defense combined with hustle on both sides of the ball, the squad’s efforts tamed the Lions in a 38-31 win.
Later in the week, the squad would take on Willows High School. Unfortunately, the Warriors would face off against the long-time-rival short-handed as Dodic injured her ankle in practice before the game. Adversity aside, the team played hard and gained the lead late in the game. The Honkers, however, took advantage of turnovers and hit clutch three-pointers in crunch time to beat the Warriors 35-31.
“The game against Willows started a little rough, but true to who the girls are, they found their grit and clawed their way back and took the lead,” said head coach Jeff Christian. “I’m very proud of the team and it’s been fun to witness their transformation. The good news is the girls are in the playoffs. I’m excited for them and the community.”
The varsity men also took on Live Oak on Wednesday, Feb. 9 – a rematch they’ve been looking forward to since losing to the Lions in an overtime loss the previous Friday. With Logan Crabtree snagging 13 points on offense and Marcus Lopez leading the charge on defense, the Warriors would win their revenge game 48-39.
Following that game, a few days later came about with Willows. The Warrior offense was unstoppable in the first half, however dwindled slightly going into the second half allowing their opponents to pull within four points. But when the fourth quarter came, the Warriors went on a 14-2 run to pluck the Honkers in an emphatic 62-48 victory.
“On Friday we faced Willows for the third time this season and this game followed a similar script as the others. We came out on fire and the energy from the stands really helped pump up the guys in the first half,” said head coach Brendan McShea. “In the second half we saw our lead dwindle to only four with some contested threes made by the Honkers. But we didn’t let that slow us down and continued to play hard together and finished the fourth quarter on a 14-2 run.”
As both teams now enter the playoffs, the varsity women will travel to Oroville High School on Tuesday, Feb. 15. As for the varsity men, they’ll be headed to Colusa High School for their first playoff game on Wednesday, Feb. 16.