by Katie McCluskey
On Thursday, January 9, the seventh and eighth grade Warrior basketball teams played the Kountze Lions at home. The seventh grade team dominated the Lions and defeated them 45-11. The top scorers were Devon Hadnot with 14 points and Seth Smith with 10 points. The eighth grade Warriors played a close game but lost 30-26.
The starters for the eighth grade game versus Kountze included Dylan Martin, John Applewhite, Bryce Moore, Ethan Owens, and Brendan Vonberg. Martin won the jump for the Warriors. Vonberg scored the first basket for the Warriors. Warren was now tied with Kountze 2-2. Applewhite and Owens both had tough rebounds. Dylan Hargroder scored, the Warriors were now only behind by one point 5-4. Owens played aggressive defense and stole the ball from the Lions. At the end of the first quarter the Warriors were behind 6-4. Moore had a great offensive rebound for the Warriors. Cole Young scored a basket, making the score 8-6. Moore had another offensive rebound and was able to score. Applewhite also had an offensive rebound. Dylan McGallion scored a three pointer which tied the game 11-11. Applewhite demonstrated a great amount of hustle when he stole the ball from Kountze and was fouled as he was shooting. Applewhite then made both of his free throws and helped Warren take the lead 13-11. Owens had another steal for the Warriors. The second quarter ended as Warren and Kountze were tied 13-13. Applewhite started off the third quarter with an offensive rebound and was fouled while he was shooting. He then made one of his free throws. Moore worked hard and earned a steal for the Warriors. Owens played excellent defense as he blocked a shot and then proceeded to steal the ball. McGallion also had a steal. The Warriors successfully passed the ball around and McGallion scored through great ball movement. Warren was still trailing however, 22-16. Warren continued to play well defensively as Applewhite stole the ball. Hargroder had an excellent drive and was fouled. The Warriors ended the third quarter behind 22-16. Owens helped Warren start the fourth quarter off well as he scored a basket. Applewhite was fouled and contributed to the score by making one of his free throws. Warren was still behind 24-19. Moore blocked a shot and Hargroder stole the ball from the Lions. Owens scored again for the Warriors. He then made an excellent pass to Moore who scored. Warren was now only behind 26-23. Owens continued to play great offense and scored a three pointer for the Warriors. Although the Warriors played their best, they were unable to take over the lead and lost 30-26.
On Thursday, January 9, the seventh and eighth grade Lady Warriors also played Kountze. These games took place at Kountze. The seventh grade Lady Warriors played with a great amount of effort and were able to defeat the Lady Lions 18-17. The eighth grade Lady Warriors played hard, but lost 32-22. Both the seventh and eighth grade Lady Warriors are currently ranked second in district and both have a record of 3-2. The seventh and eighth grade Lady Warriors will participate in a tournament at Woodville on January 23 and 24.
Both the JV and varsity Lady Warriors and the JV and varsity Warriors traveled to Hemphill on Tuesday, January 7. The JV and varsity Lady Warriors both played excellent games and defeated Hemphill. The JV Warriors played hard, but lost. The varsity Warriors also played hard, and were able to defeat Hemphill. On Friday, January 10, both the JV and varsity Lady Warriors and the JV and varsity Warriors played Deweyville at home. The JV Lady Warriors and JV Warriors both excelled and beat the Pirates. The varsity Lady Warriors were unable to win. The varsity Warriors dominated the Pirates and won.
On Friday, January 17, both the JV and varsity Lady Warriors and JV and varsity Warriors will travel to Woodville. On Tuesday, January 21, the teams will play Corrigan at home.