Warhawks Step Up and Gather Wins

SWAN VALLEY - The Warhawks "B" team played well on Friday night against Helmville but ended up with a tie 14 to 14 at the end of regulation play. As league rules dictate, the game ended.

The Swan team played well but couldn't get a commanding lead despite balanced scoring with Kyla Conley and Kase Anderson. They each scored 4 while Mara Beckstrom, Chris Auchenbach, and Connor Mathew each scored 2. Lots of hustle and hard work by both teams kept the game close throughout the night.

Coach Katie Gleason said, "The kids executed the offense to get the shots but missed many opportunities for close baskets. Our rebounding could improve especially on the offensive end where scoring opportunities were there but we didn't capitalize on those opportunities."

The "B" Squad came away with a win Saturday morning against Avon 34-20. Teamwork, good passing and shooting plus good hustle gave the local kids a substantial win.

The team scoring was led by Kyla Conley with 12, Kase Anderson added 6, Mara Beckstrom and Connor Matthew with 4, Aubrey Matthew, Chris Achenbach, Jalen Kauffman and Levi Webb all added 2.

Coach Katie Gleason was pleased with the team effort by all and the improvement is encouraging as the end of the season arrives.

The Swan Valley Elementary School "A" squad found the shooting to be improving and team play produced a win over Helmville 27 to 18. Patience with the offense, good passing and rebounding plus lots of hustle provided the first win of the season.

The game was close at half time with a score of 10 to 11 in favor of the Warhawks. With a determined effort by all in the second half, the Warhawks outscored Helmville 16 to 8 and cinched the win.

Coaches Ken Donovan and John Tapp felt there was substantial improvement by everyone, especially rebounding and passing.

Seth Richardson led the team in scoring with 8 points while Addie Anderson followed up with 7 and some critical rebounds. Rose Mercer tallied 6 points while Aspen Conley had 4 and Kinley Moore scored 2.

The game against Avon on Saturday found the "A" squad trailing by 10 points at the end of the first quarter. The game ended with a score of 43 to 28, with the Warhawks losing to Avon for the second time this season.

Avon's shooting was too much for the local kids to overcome. Avon was led in scoring by Jada Clarkson, Avon's fifth-grade superstar with 22 points.

"We never found the answer to her shooting and the taller Avon players controlled the rebounding for most of the game. They appear to be the team to beat in the league this year but we are confident with a better inside game and a higher percentage of outside shots, we can beat this team," commented Donovan and Tapp.

The Warhawks were led in scoring by Aspen Conley's 8 points followed by Kinley Moore's 7. Kyla Conley and Jayla Kauffman each scored 4 and Addie Anderson tallied 3 with Seth Richardson scoring 2.

The Warhawks travel to Hall this Saturday to take on Hall before the tournament on Feb. 13 in Drummond. The Warhawks will be working on improving their basketball fundamentals including shooting, passing and defensive positioning in preparation for the tournament where they are the defending champions.

"We have some big shoes to fill from last year's team but we have confidence in our kids and know that they will give a 100 percent effort until the final buzzer," commented the coaches.


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