by Coach Ryan Waters
The Warsaw Wildcats won the Warsaw tournament with ease and advance to 3-0 on the season.
Unfortunately, we drew them in the first round and Tuesday night, Dec. 4, we will play them again at home for the second time in 10 days.
They are an extremely tough team defensively and were able to pressure us all night long. They jumped out to a huge lead in the first half due to carelessness of possessions – 34 turnovers to be exact and that many turnovers are just unacceptable if you expect to be in ballgames. The second half was a much better story despite the final outcome. We were only outscored in the 2nd half 22 to 21 with Warsaw Varsity still playing all of the third and part of the 4th quarters. We lost 74-36 with Richard Lyness leading us in scoring with 11, Sutton with 9, Hedrick 8, and Girven, Keith, Robertson and Hall with 2.
Our young team is averaging 31 turnovers a game right now and it is obvious that the games are moving too fast for our young players to keep up with. It’s my job to make sure that we are physically and mentally prepared each and every game, and that we do a better job of guys knowing where they are supposed to be and protecting the ball.
In the second game of the tournament, we faced Lakeland. They were also a young team, but have some pesky guards that created havoc on our guards. The story is the same as Warsaw in the fact that we had 37 turnovers in the game. This time we played a great first half trailing by 5 points after the 1st quarter and only by 9 after the 2nd quarter. Our shots weren’t falling and they had gotten to the free throw line a bunch.
We liked our chances at half and tried to make some adjustments, but the 3rd and 4th quarters were turnover free-for-alls with Sutton having to sit with 4 fouls. We really struggled to get the ball past half court and it was all down hill from there.
The final in the Lakeland game was 80-44 with Sutton leading us in scoring with 14, Robertson 8, Lyness 7, Girven 6, Hedrick and Hall with 4 and Hillsman 1.