DAILY NEWS photo by Sisco Molina
Mauricio Caballero and Keatyn Love trap Clay Bullard near the sideline as the Warriors practiced their full court trap defense during practice Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 at Worland High School. Aaron Abel has put an emphasis on defense and it seems to be paying off as of late with the Warriors allowing only 45.6 points per game which is third best in 3A.
Balance on court makes Warriors more dangerous
By Sisco Molina
WORLAND – All who have had the
privilege to attend basketball games and see the Warriors in
action have probably come to the same conclusion thus far: This
year’s team is legit.
The Warriors have looked pretty good only 12 games into the season and no one truly knows how high the ceiling is for this team.
With the talent returning from last year’s team, many were optimistic in the chances of Worland having its first winning season since 2010-11. And from the beginning, the Warriors have wowed spectators with an up tempo, high scoring offense that is averaging 66.7 points per game.
It’s obvious to see the Warriors have a knack for putting the ball in the hoop. Their field goal percentage as a team is third in 3A at 47 percent sitting behind Rawlins and Douglas. They are also the best 3-point shooting team in 3A and second in all of Wyoming with nearly eight makes per game from beyond the arc where they shoot 37 percent.
The only blaring weakness for the Warriors early was on defense where they struggled at times communicating with each other and also closing out on 3-point shooters.
But since Worland coach Aaron Abel has begun to put an emphasis on defense, the Warriors have responded nicely.
“When we finished last season we were 15 out of 16 teams in total defense. Some of that had to do with the tempo we play at. But we knew that was a definite weakness coming into this season,” Abel said Wednesday. “I think our improvement really started over the summer. We changed basically the way we play defense. Our primary goal is to keep players from driving into that post area.
“That’s what’s working for us and what we’ve continued to get better at.”
In the last three games, teams are averaging only 32 points per game against Worland. Douglas is a team that averages 63.3 points per and Worland held them to 45.
Newcastle averages 44.2 and Worland held them to 26.
2A Thermpolis averages 52.2 and Worland held them to 35.
You get the point.
The Warriors are holding teams well below their season averages which is a good recipe to sustain success.
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Photos courtesy Steve Hunt
The Worland Adult Co-Ed Basketball season recently ended and one team was crowned champion while the other had to settle for second place. McGarvin-Moberly captured the championship and pictured above from left to right is Marc Bradshaw, Bryan Barthelmess, Laura Barthelmess, Jen Berdahl, Josh Berdahl, Tanya Kienlin, Diana Swalstad, Not Pictured is Nic Blackburn. Coming in second place was Basin and pictured below from left is Austin Alexander, Nikki Alexander, Cannon McKim, Nate Hartsock, Melissa Hartsock, Justine Paxton, and Brenton Paxton.