Girls Basketball | Post Season Recap

Defense and Hard Work Lead to successful season for Lady Warriors

By: Robert Hoepfl

The Warrenton Warriors Women’s Basketball team won four times more games than it did the year before. Climbing from two wins in 2014-15 to eight wins in 2015-16, finishing with a record of 8-16. The girls managed to finish the season winning two of three games in the tough Lewis and Clark League and the future looks bright for the girls.

“From a coaching standpoint, I could not have been prouder of the girls effort, attitude and success this season and I know they will take the next step forward in the off-season and into next year. The girls developed into a very good defensive team, playing a brand of full-court man defense that is enjoyable to coach and watch. We executed and did everything that a coach could ask for and each girl played a huge role in our success. To compare where we were last season or the summer to where we finished the year is incredible, we practiced hard every day and they showed up and met the challenge every day. They are amazing young women and they will find success in everything they do.” – Robert Hoepfl

The season started out with a crazy victory over Waldport in the Vernonia tournament. The Warriors trailed seven points with 55 seconds left to play. A series of outstanding plays defensively and some big shots led to a free throw with one second remaining to send the game into Overtime. The ladies followed through on that momentum and were able to start the season with a big win.

The rest of the non-league season was a massive success. A year after not winning a single game in non-league the team managed to go 6-2. Beating Knappa, Neah-Kah-Nie, Waldport, Gaston, Naselle and Jefferson. The girls’ team was able to overcome a tough Knappa team for the first time in a few years, which always is huge for the team and the community as Knappa is a big rival.

Heading into Lewis and Clark play the team knew it would be a struggle. However, throughout the course of the 16 game league schedule the girls showed massive improvement throughout and have positioned themselves to be true competitors in the league next year. The final two weeks of the season were the highlights of the league schedule with the Warriors traveling to De La Salle in Portland and playing them to a close 4-point loss in which the team finally gelled together. In that game the Warriors were led by the sharp shooting of Landree Miethe who knocked down 17 big points including a beautiful rainbow three to end the first half. Unfortunately the Knights made a few more plays down the stretch, but it set the stage for that Friday’s home game against Riverdale.

The Riverdale women’s team had a fantastic season, including two big wins over the Warriors in the Vernonia Tournament title game by 29 and a hard fought home win over the Warriors at Riverdale by 6. Looking at the scores vs. Riverdale summarizes just how far the ladies came in just this season. In the final matchup with them this year the ladies put together their best performance of the season. Dominating Riverdale at home en route to a big 58-41 victory. The Warriors were led by Tyla Little who put in 18 critical points, Katelynn Blodgett put in 12 and Krista Morrill scored 10huge points. The ladies went from losing to Riverdale by 29, to beating them by 17 in one season, a pretty incredible improvement.

In the final regular season game the Warriors traveled to Clatskanie and put an exclamation point on the season. They trailed big early, falling down by as many as 14 points early in the first quarter. However, through steady defense and big shots the girls were able to chip away all game, eventually taking the lead in the fourth quarter and winning the game late with some clutch Free Throws. During the come back big three pointers were hit by Sophia Thomas, Rachel Dyer, Claire Bussert and Landree Miethe. Down the stretch Tyla Little, Krista Morrill and Claire Bussert put in eleven big Free Throws sealing the come back and ended the year on a positive. It was a great way to say goodbye to our one senior, Sophia Thomas. Sophia was an incredible member of our program these past four years and her attitude, energy and play will be missed.

The Warriors bring back 11 of our 12 Varsity players for next season. Juniors Landree Miethe, Krista Morrill, Elle Schenbeck and Katelynn Blodgett will be looked to for leadership and big plays on the court. Sophomores Tyla Little and Rachel Dyer will play huge roles as upper classmen. And Freshmen Claire Bussert, Morgan Blodgett, Maria Heyen, Sagi Diego and Fernanda Alvarez will be a year older and will continue to expand on their roles. The future is bright for this group.

The Warriors return five of the top six players in minutes played in Landree, Tyla, Katy, Krista and Claire. The starting backcourt of Tyla and Claire played over 1200 minutes together and their floor leadership and decision-making will be vital next season. They both are important two-way players for the Warriors and having them for two more seasons together will help the team take the next step. Landree Miethe developed into an incredible two-way player and her senior leadership will be huge for the Warriors next season. Krista developed into a versatile and important piece of the team throughout the season, playing every position from Point Guard to Post. Her versatility will be a big part of the teams’ success going forward. Katy Blodgett was the key post threat for the team all season and her presence inside on both ends of the floor will be a welcome return. The other five returning players will be seeing bigger roles next season and we look forward to seeing them grow in the off-season and into the season.

Through the season the girls stats were tracked every game by tagging film and the final stats are listed below. At the end of the season Tyla Little and Landree Miethe were named Honorable Mention in the Lewis and Clark League. Tyla was named Team Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year. Landree Miethe was named Offensive Player of the Year. Sophia Thomas earned the teams Most Inspirational Player, Sagi Diego was named Most Improved and Claire Bussert was named the Best Newcomer.

Stats Leaders for 2015-16 Season:

Points Leader:
1. Landree Miethe 178
2. Tyla Little 167
3. Katy Blodgett 158

2-Pointers Made:
1. Katy Blodgett 59
2. Landree Miethe 40
3. Tyla Little 28
3. Sophia Thomas 28

3-Pointers Made:
1. Tyla Little 23
2. Landree Miethe 20
3. Rachel Dyer 9

Free Throws Made:
1. Tyla Little 42
2. Katy Blodgett 40
3. Landree Miethe 38

Total Rebounds:
1. Katy Blodgett 179
2. Tyla Little 107
3. Landree Miethe 90

1. Claire Bussert 46
2. Tyla Little 28
3. Katy Blodgett 13

1. Tyla Little 40
2. Landree Miethe 30
3. Katelynn Blodgett 28

Blocked Shots:
1. Claire Bussert 33
2. Katelynn Blodgett 28
3. Landree Miethe 10