Winfield Warriors went on a ‘roller-coaster’ ride in the games leading to the district tournament in Hermann
On Feb. 15 they lost to St. Charles 75-52. Senior David Bauer led with 32 points.
“We didn’t come out ready to play against a good team and when you are the underdog going in you have to compete every second of the game,” said Coach Seth McDowell.
On Feb. 18, The Warriors won over Barat Academy 67-29 with 24 points from Bauer leading the way.
“We came out with great intensity on defense and that sparked us the whole game,” said McDowell. “The kids have finally bought into the fact that our defense will carry us. David, Igli, Chase, and Travis all shot the ball well.”
On Feb. 20 they posted a 64-54 win over Warrenton with Bauer still the only Warrior in double figures, finishing with 24 points.
“We started the first quarter with great defensive pressure, but didn’t sustain that through the whole game,” said McDowell. “We let up in the second quarter and that showed when they (Warrenton) went into halftime leading. In the second half we got our defense going again. In order to be successful we have to learn to play a full 32 minutes. Jeremiah (Duckett) and Igli (Valcani) shot a high percentage and David did a good job distributing the ball. Jeremiah and Dakota (Robertson) did a good job slowing their leading scorer down in the second half”
On Feb. 21 they lost 58-43 to St. Charles West.
“We gave up some open threes to Soderberg and he made us pay early on,” said McDowell. “Dakota did a great job slowing him down the second half, but we never could get our offense going. It was a constant struggle to get open shots tonight and that’s a credit to their good team defense.”
Bauer led with 18 points.
On Feb. 25 they won in districts vs North Callaway. The score was 57-39.
“Its win or go home now and I thought we came out a little nervous in the first quarter,” said McDowell. “However, our defense picked up and we held them to three points in the second quarter. That’s a compliment to everyone on the floor for us. For that to happen the whole team has to play good defense. David did a nice job creating easy looks for Igli tonight and Jeremiah attacked the basket like he is capable of and provided much needed paint scores”
The Warriors got better balance scoring with Duckett leading with 18 points followed by Bauer (16) and Valcani (14).
The Lady Warriors lost their first round game in the district.