WINAMAC — Winamac clinched yet another sectional title for its storied girls basketball program when the Warriors defeated North Judson 57-47 Saturday night in the Class 2A Winamac Sectional final.
The Warriors claimed their 14th sectional crown and first in two years.
Winamac (14-6) will face No. 12 Westview (19-3) at 10 a.m. next Saturday at the Rensselaer Regional. No. 3 Fort Wayne Canterbury (17-4) will face No. 6 Hammond Noll (20-3) in the later semifinal.
“It’s just amazing. A feeling I just can’t explain right now,” Winamac senior point guard Bethany Brogdon said. “This is my third sectional title, one in softball and now two in basketball.
“We were all nervous before the start of the game and it showed because we had a lot of turnovers in the first half. But Coach reminded us at halftime to take care of the ball and play our game because we’re a better team in the second half.”
Brogdon and coach Jeff Wagner hit the nail on the head. In their semifinal win against Delphi they struggled in the first half and in the championship they again had troubles with turnovers. When you’re turning the ball over it’s hard to get the offense going and that played out again for the Lady Warriors.
A plus for Winamac was its ability to once again get a team into foul trouble. By the end of the opening quarter the Warriors were nearly in the bonus but trips to the line came up empty as they struggled early with their free throw shooting. By the end of the first quarter they held a slight 8-5 lead over the Bluejays.
Due to the turnovers, Winamac was not able to pull away and a 3-ball by Darian Stalbaum gave the Bluejays (8-12) what would be their only lead of the night at 11-10 with 6:12 to go in the second quarter.