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Boys basketball

Warriors lose tough match with Epping

  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • Jordan Litts did most of the scoring for WLC this season, and the rest of DIV knows it. If senior Kyle Pratt, above, and the rest of the Warriors can add some scoring, WLC is in business.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.
  • The WLC boys basketball team lost to Epping 47-41 on Friday Jan.10.

The WLC boys basketball team had a shot at redemption Friday night when they squared off against the Epping Blue Devils for the second time this season. In their first matchup on Dec. 20, the Warriors were outscored 87-73 on their opponent’s floor in a game that turned out to be an efficient offensive performance for both teams. On Friday the Warriors were given a chance on their home floor to avenge that loss. While they didn’t quite get the job done, they showed that they had learned from some of their mistakes during that first contest and that they can be competitive with any team in Division IV.

Epping reeled off a 16-4 run in the first quarter to take the early advantage, something that WLC has been struggling with all season.

“Slow starts are an area that we are concerned with. We have had times where we have come back and won, and others where [the Warriors] lose focus and get down on themselves,” said coach Ken Garnham. Coming off of a sluggish performance in the first quarter, the Warriors proved that they were not ready to lose focus this early in the contest.

To begin the second quarter, WLC switched to zone defense and slowed down the Blue Devils fast-paced attack.

“We made them shoot, they missed some shots, we got the momentum and created turnovers to get back in it,” said Garnham. After playing solid zone defense throughout the second quarter the game was tied at 20 going into halftime.

The Warriors’ Jordan Litts warmed up from the field in the third quarter, and with some help from Kyle Pratt, the Warriors were in business, up 33-28 with 1:45 to go in the third. Litts dished out some timely assists as well, getting his teammates involved in the effort. Unfortunately for the Warriors, the Blue Devils began to shoot much better from behind the arc than they did in the first half, when they were 0-for-14. Every time the Warriors would capitalize on defense and get a transition bucket, the Blue Devils would answer with a bucket of their own, keeping the gap just big enough to pull off a 47-41 victory. Litts led the Warriors in scoring with 13 points.

Although the final score was closer than the first contest, the Warriors left the game knowing they have a lot of work ahead of them at 1-3 on the season. “They missed some shots and turned the ball over a couple times. We never could quite get over the hump,” Garnham said.

These close games against good competition will build experience and help the Warriors remain competitive throughout the remainder of the season. “Its a step in the right direction for us,” Garnham said. “Even though our record isn’t great, we know we can play with these teams. We are a young team, we will get better.” The Warriors return to action on Tuesday at home against Mascenic at 7 p.m.

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