We competed in the Wichita Warriors Preseason Tournament last weekend, and finished in a misleading 5th place. I say misleading because we were matched in our first game against Manhattan, which ended up taking first. We were clearly the two best teams in the tournament. We should have been the number 1 and 2 seeds, but we ended up playing each other in the first round because the tournament organizer tried to do both teams a favor by scheduling our games in two days rather than three so we wouldn't have to spring for two nights in a motel. All the other teams were from the Wichita area and played one game each on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Since we were coming from out of town he scheduled our two teams to play our first round game on Thursday, which required us to play each other. A fifth place a finish was the best a team could do after losing in the first round.
After being down 12 at half time we roared back and cut the defict to only 1 at the at end of the third quarter. We actually took the lead twice in the fourth quarter, but ended up losing by 4, 37-33. Kristen Schmidt led the way in scoring with 11 points and dished out several assists. Suzanna Enick was also in double digits with 10.
We played Reno County in our second game and won big, 52-19. Suzanna Enick led all scorers in this game with 16 points, and Shie Eck was also in double figures with 11. This was all the more impressive given the fact that I had all three of our seniors (Shie Eck, Kristin Schmidt, and Suzanna Enick) sit out the entire fourth quarter.
In our third game we were matched against Newton. Again, we came out ahead, this time with a 38-27 victory. Shie Eck led us in scoring with 12. Again the seniors spent most of the fourth quarter on the bench to give our younger players some experience.
Our record now is 3-1. An encouraging statistic: four games, four different leading scorers.