Winamac’s girls basketball team finds itself in a familiar spot — in the regional.
The Lady Warriors (14-6) face No. 12-ranked Westview (19-3) at 11 a.m. EST Saturday at the Class 2A Rensselaer Regional. The later semifinal pits No. 3 Fort Wayne Canterbury (17-4) vs. No. 6 Hammond Bishop Noll (20-3). The final is at 8:30 p.m.
The Warriors enter as the only unranked team, but they have won six games in a row and 10 of their last 11.
They’ve been particularly strong their last three games with a 19-point win over Caston, a 19-point win over Delphi in sectional play and a 10-point win over North Judson in the sectional final.
“We’ve been steadily getting better all year,” Winamac coach Jeff Wagner said. “Our defense has been really good here the last two weeks of the season. The only time we have any trouble is when we don’t play it for four quarters. The girls know we have to play four quarters Saturday to get the job done.”
The Warriors’ sectional win over Delphi was particularly impressive. The game was basically a toss-up going in but the Warriors were too much for the Oracles.
“I think we were kind of a little scared going in and we respected them, and we knew that we had to play strong from the beginning to the end and I think we have to do the same this Saturday,” said senior forward Stephanie Shorter, who has scored 1,127 points for her career, fourth most in program history.
Senior point guard Bethany Brogdon talked about the Warriors’ improvement of late.
“We’ve been playing really well as a team. The beginning of the season was pretty rough but now we don’t care who shoots as long as people are scoring we’re happy for each other and we’re a really good team,” she said.