WHS Basketball Recap: Jan. 26 2022

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The Winters High School Warriors returned to the hardwood last week for more vigorous competition between the baselines.

Tipping things off last Tuesday, Jan. 18 were the junior varsity women as they played host to familiar foe, Pierce High School. The Bears proved ferocious as ever, however, and left with a 39-13 victory over the Warriors.

Next on the schedule was a game against Durham High School on Jan. 21. Unfortunately, the Trojans’ offense and defense were in full force as they handed the junior varsity squad a 39-9 loss.

“I see evidence of improvement in our offensive and defensive rebounding,” said head coach Tom Crisp. “In our game against Durham on Friday we were almost back to full roster strength. We still struggle to make our shots but there were some nice passing plays.”

The junior varsity men also matched up against Pierce on Jan. 18, but to no avail as the Bears would snag an emphatic 61-25 victory.

Undeterred, the junior varsity men’s team laced up against Dixon High School the following day. Going into the game with a short roster, the Rams hit the Warriors with a 56-24 loss.

The varsity women took to the court as well, taking on the pesky Pierce Bears. The Warrior-rivals’ offense was firing on all cylinders, unfortunately, and won 62-38.

Next on the docket were the Durham Trojans. It would prove to be another tough game as the hosts would send the Warriors home with a 42-19 loss.

“I was proud of the team and really proud of Jordan and Emily for working so hard on defense against Pierce. We lost, but took a huge step in learning how to play a complete game,” said head coach Jeff Christian. “My team always plays hard and is learning how to play harder and more aggressive and competitive. We keep getting better and are always better together!”

The varsity men also hit the road and took on the Pierce Bears on Jan. 18. The hosts were none-too-gracious in the game and snared a 61-33 victory over the Warriors.

The following day, the Warriors tried their luck on the road against Dixon where the Rams would trample the varsity squad 73-38.

The Warriors would close out their week of competition playing host to Durham. In another tough game, the Warriors would lose to the Trojans 58-36.

“In none of these games did we had a full roster available and only had one sub against Dixon. But if you were in the stands for the games, I think you’d see a team that competes until the very end and is always a threat to make a run because we play well as a unit,” said head coach Brendan McShea. “We have six games remaining and I’m confident that we’ll be playing our best basketball at the end of the season.”

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