The Warrior girls' coach, G. G. Harris said that after a great Christmas break of practices, he feels the members of his team the girls "have truly bought in" to the team philosophy. Friday's game opened with a close-fought first quarter, as the "girls were really nervous and had some jitters," but after the slow start they played their game and took control of the night. The Warriors shot better from the field than they have all year and continued their consistent 65% shooting from the free throw line on their way to a 56-30 win.
"The progress we made the last two weeks was very evident in tonight's game," said a happy Coach Harris. "The girls played with confidence, unselfish basketball, competed every minute, and really had fun. And that's what it is all about."
Valarie Hernandez led a balanced Warrior scoring attack with 11 points, while Jenna Snyder added 10 and Taler Stanton and Alexis Hernandez each scored nine.
Cristena Heschke added six points and Stephenie Robbins four as 10 players got on the scoreboard for the Warriors, who are now 2-8 on the season.
The Warriors' rebounding effort was also evenly distributed as Rachel Husman, Taler Stanton and Valarie Hernandez each grabbed six boards, Heschke had five, and Snyder four.
In the boys' game. Alta-Aurelia used a fast-paced attack and pressure defense to jump out to an early lead and cruise to a 81-58 win. Jaden Holton scored 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field and 80% from the line to lead the Warrior attack, and he was joined in double figures by fellow seniors A.J. Lange, who scored 14 points and Jale Henningsen, who tallied 11.
Ben Sand, with seven rebounds and Jayson Van Haaften with six, came off the bench to bolster the Warriors on the boards.
On defense, the Warriors stole 20 passes, led by Jaden Holton's six steals.
Alta-Aurelia (6-3) hosts River Valley in a non-conference game on Thursday.