The Washington Warriors went 1-2 at the Charles K. Heatly Basketball Tournament in Lindsay and now stand with a 3-3 record.
They picked up a 51-40 win against Comanche, while dropping games to Crooked Oak (56-50) and Lindsay (62-50).
“It was a very balanced tournament from a competitive standpoint,” Warrior head coach TJ Scholz said.
Crooked Oak eventually made the finals of the tournament but lost to Pauls Valley 63-52.
Washington, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, showed signs of the time off in their first couple of games back from the break.
They were also welcoming back players from the football team who were seeing their first game action of the season.
“The rust was there and the speed of the game was faster for them,” Scholz said. “We also had 23 turnovers against Crooked Oak. That’s a way to lose a six-point game.”
The coach was disappointed with his team on how they handled the Crooked Oak pressure.
“It was not so bad that we shouldn’t have been able to handle it,” he said.
Hayden Hicks scored a team-high 14 points.
Warrior newcomer Kenneth Love III scored 13 and Cash Andrews was in double figures with 10 points.
“Kenneth played well,” Scholz confirmed. “He shot the ball with a high percentage and he was making a lot of shots.”
Their second game of the tournament, against Lindsay, ended in disappointing fashion.
After leading for three quarters, the Leopards blew up for a 27-point quarter.
“They caught fire and got momentum,” Scholz said. “They got going and we couldn’t stop them.”
At one point Lindsay hit four 3-point field goals in a row.
“It was a fun game and we’ve had close games with them lately,” he said.
Love and Hicks carried the scoring load with 24 and 17 points respectively.
Hayden played well against Lindsay,” Scholz said. “It was the best game of his career with his rebounding and the way he defended with his offense. He scored on three levels.”
Washington started out on the right foot against Comanche and secured an 11-point lead after the first quarter.
Kobe Scott did damage against the Indians’ zone defense.
“He shot well and hurt their zone from the middle,” Scholz said.
The key for the Warriors going forward will be to learn from mistakes as they play lots of games.
“With the way the season is we need quick learning on the fly and to peak at the right time,” he said. “It’s a compact season.”
Washington is learning what will work for them defensively as they jump between man and zone defenses.
“We’ve been mixing it up, Scholz said. “The length of our guys will hopefully cause problems for teams.”