An undermanned Warriors girls basketball team suffered a 25-14 defeat at the hands of the Shock on Feb. 26 in a 12 and under division game. It took place at the old Gray Middle School in Tacoma.
Only four Warriors were able to suit up for the game. The Shock coach, in an act of good sportsmanship, allowed several of his girls to take turns donning a Warriors jersey so that both teams could have five players on the court.
The Shock got out to an early lead and went into the locker room at halftime ahead 10-4.
They extended their lead to 18-4 in the third period, despite the Warriors’ effort to slow them down with a full-court press. Maiah Luke gave the Warriors a bit of a boost when she stole and pass and got the ball to Keeyoni Tsosie, who made a bucket. Later in the game Keeyoni Tsosie made a lay-in to narrow the Shock lead to 23-12.
The team’s head coach, Melissa Howtopat, was out of town and unable to attend to her coaching duties, so Dora Willie was the coach for this game. She is the coach of another girls basketball team at Puyallup Tribal Youth Center.
Dora Willie feels the team made a strong effort. She noted that Dolores Stratford had 12 blocks during the game. The team’s record now stands at 1-2.
They take the court next on March 5 at 10 a.m. in another contest that will take place at the old Gray Middle School.