LUTZ – As much as Steinbrenner boys basketball coach Steve Williams and his team would like, the schedule won’t get any easier.
The Warriors (8-5) are enjoying the best season in the program’s three-year history, but wins have been few and far between as of late and it looks like the season could be lost with the games on-tap next week. The Class 7A-District 9 leading Chamberlain Chiefs will make its their way into Warriors Gym when the four day weekend ends, and nothing but another victory will satisfy Chamberlain. In the team’s first meeting on Dec. 11, the Chiefs got the advantage on the Warriors with a 62-56 victory. Freshman Jack Frank, led the way for Steinbrenner with 12 points and seven rebounds, but the Warriors couldn’t manage a victory and it’s hard to imagine they will on Jan. 18.
Here is next week’s schedule for the boys:
vs. Chamberlain – 1/18, at. Freedom 1/20, vs. (2) Wharton 1/24
Meanwhile on the girls side of things, the wins just keep on coming as the Warriors tallied their 14th victory of the season, one away from a program record which could come tonight Jan. 13 in a make-up game at Spoto.
Keeping their cool when it’s hot
The team has been led by junior Bailey Hooker, who has upped her points per game average by 10 points from 11.1 in 2010-11, to 21.1 this season. Also freshman center Rachel Briere has been there to pick up the team both offensively and defensively with 11.1 points per game as a starter.
Briere expected back by Freedom game next week
Rachel Briere was injured in last Friday’s win over Wiregrass Ranch, but is expected to return as soon as Jan. 20 when the Warriors travel to three seed Freedom in a crucial district game. Briere missed most of the second half against the Bulls, when she fell to the floor in severe pain with a knee injury. Fortunately for the team, an MRI showed no major damage and Briere chose to walk on crutches for most of the week as a precautionary. She traveled with the team to Spoto, but did not start.
The team was ranked fourth in the Tampa Bay Times top seven girls basketball teams in the county behind Riverview, Tampa Bay Tech and Plant…The ladies are one win away from locking up the number one seed in Class 7A-District 9, a feat never before accomplished by the program…Senior center Rebecca Cohen became the first player in program history to be featured in one of the areas major newspapers with the Times’ recap of last Friday’s win over district foe Wiregrass Ranch…Tonight’s game vs. Spoto is a make-up game from Nov. as the Spartans were forced to forefit due to lack of players.
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