Warriors wallop Spartans
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By Austin Andre and Carmen Ensinger
The North Greene Spartans hosted the Calhoun Warriors last Friday, Feb. 3, and while the Spartans kept up with the Warriors for the first quarters, the Warriors took hold in the second and never let up, defeating the Spartans 70-35. The Spartans put in a lot of defensive work in the first half, but the Warriors would go on to put up 24 points in the fourth quarter alone after some Spartan injuries in the third.
The first quarter is a crucial period, as each team looks to strike first, and set the tone for the game. On this night, it was the Warriors who struck first in a game that would go on to be a very one sided affair. By the end of the first quarter, the Warriors had scored 15 points, and kept the Spartans to just nine. 15-9 is by no means an insurmountable lead, however, for the Spartans, every lead would seem insurmountable as the night dragged on. The second quarter was only a continuation of the eventual rout of the Spartans, who found themselves unable to best the 19 points scored by the Warriors. The Spartans’ improvements were marginal, with 11 points scored. As half time was called, the score stood at 34-20.
With some vigor, smart plays, and a little luck, the Spartans could have easily found themselves on the winning side of the match up by the end of the third quarter. Yet, this was out of the question when the Warriors continued their offensive wave with 12 points scored. The Spartans barely etched out six. As the fourth quarter began, the score was 46-26. Up 20 points in the fourth quarter, one would assume that the Warriors would slow their crusade against the Spartans. The Warriors did anything but in the fourth, as they scored 22 points. Their largest margin of the game. The Spartans put up little resistance, scoring nine points in a 70-35 blow out.
This win was a refreshing change of mood for the Warriors, who are currently 9-17 as of writing.
Their next match up is a home conference game against the Pittsfield Indians on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. The Warriors also played the Pleasant Hill Wolves on Tuesday, Feb. 7, but scores were unavailable at press time.