The Washington Warriors are finding their groove and settling into the season on the hardwood.

They started their week by picking up a gritty 36-30 win over Marlow.

“We did a really good job of matching Marlow’s toughness,” said Washington head coach TJ Scholz. “Marlow always plays hard and in the past when we have lost it’s because Marlow out-toughs us.”

Warrior junior Hector Quinonez has become a stopper on defense and is making life tough for opposing offenses.

“Hector shut down their scorer and they weren’t able to get anyone loose on offense,” Scholz said.

The entire Washington defense was stout all night and held Marlow to under 40 percent shooting.

“They were in the 30s in field goal percentage,” Scholz said. “We executed our game plan and locked them down on defense.”

Washington picked up another win on Friday when they defeated Lexington 53-32.

The Bulldogs came out swinging to start the game and led 12-6 after the first quarter.

“They play really hard and jumped on us early,” Scholz said. “We stayed composed and used the press to create turnovers in the second quarter.”

Washington’s pressure helped them to out-score the Bulldogs 18-5 in the second quarter and take a lead into the halftime locker room.

“When we can’t hit shots it makes it tough for us,” Scholz said. “When we get transition points it gets us going.”

The Warriors held Lexington to only 15 second-half points.

Meantime, the Washington offense was clicking.

They were led by Luke Hendrix’s 14 points. Hendrix has found his stride on both ends of the floor and, along with Quinonez, has been playing excellent defense.

Kenneth Love joined Hendrix in double figures with 11 points.

Quinonez was close behind with nine points.

Washington plays Purcell Saturday at the Warrior Event Center.

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