Warriors Basketball Reflects on Winning Season, Looks to Future

Jordyn Kohlhepp and Matt Laubner

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The Havre de Grace Warriors varsity basketball team made it to regional championships last year but lost in overtime to Fairmont Heights who then went on to win the state championship. The basketball team last season was the test successful it has been in over 5 years.

Caprice Butler, starting power forward for the team commented, “I think we’ll make it to states this year, this year I think we have more players that are athletic that will get to the rim unlike last year where we didn’t have guards who break the press [defense].”

Matt Mussman, starting shooting guard, said, “I think our biggest strengths are the depth we have with our big men and just our team game. Our biggest weaknesses are probably free throws and just hustle and effort. We’re getting our conditioning right we are focusing in on defense and just not folding during a big game and keeping our composure. I think we improve because we play better as a team with the unit we have now instead of more of a one-man game. But yeah, I think we’re going to look a lot better than last year.”

Kenneth Sumpter is Havre de Grace High School’s all-time point leader with having over 1,000 points. Kenny was a big loss to the team. So current members of the Warriors’ team agree that everyone is going to have to step it up in every way.

Fredrick Wagner Wills III, sixth man for the team, spoke on the subject as well. “Being realistic, [the team] will not make it near as far as we did last year. Losing a D1 caliber player hurts us a lot, as much as people complain about ball hogging. He was the key part to making it as far as we did.”

The Warriors record as of January 10th is 2-3-0.

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