Warriors making their mark
ARLEE — You know the Warriors have taken the court when the ground starts thundering from the sheer number of fans. The Warriors have been on a roll all season long, gaining experience and preparing themselves for the possibility of making a strong showing come post season. Led by first year head coach Zanen Pitts, the Warriors just might have a shot at the big show and Pitts is excited about their journey.
“The boys are filling their responsibility and rolling on all five cylinders,” Pitts said. “Our losses we have had have been easy to fix. We have a game by game, play by play mindset.”
A young varsity team, the Warriors carry a couple of big guns in their back pocket that Pitts says are his “go-to guys.” Senior Josh Reed, a leader among the club, has been putting up mighty numbers, boasting a top-three spot for scoring in western Montana.
“He’s the real deal,” Pitts said. “He’s tough.”
Sophomore Patrick Big Sam has also made an impression on his coach and Pitts couldn’t be happier with his performance. “He’s just an all-around team player,” Pitts said. “Very gifted.”
Rounding out the bench, Pitts says he has top-notch young guys that are ready to come in and go to battle. “These kids are like piranha, coming in from all sides,” he said.
On Friday the Warriors turned the Tigers’ roars to meows as they dominated in St. Regis. The Warriors went into halftime with a 27-point lead and held on tight to grab the 71-40 win. Reed netted 16 points for Arlee and Brad Brazil chipped in 10.
Saturday, a contest played at home, the Warriors met B class Loyola-Sacred heart. Though Reed scored 19, the Warriors feel to the Rams 42-56 bringing their season total to 9-6.
With enthusiasm in his voice, Pitts is proud of his Warriors and incredibly pleased and happy to be a part of the community.
“These guys have the unbelievable ability to not quit. It shows their character,” he said. “They wear it on their hearts, and the parents created this great group. It’s Warrior pride.”
The Warriors will continue carving their path in Noxon Feb. 7 and will return to their home court Feb. 8 to take on Mission.
Arlee 24 16 14 17 – 71
St. Regis 8 5 13 14 – 40
Josh Reed 16, Brad Brazil 10, Riley Rogers 9, Dom Burland 8, Patrick Big Sam 7, Alex Warren 5, Zane Ligas 5, Zach Felsman 5, Isaac Desjarlais 2, Justis Haynes 2, PJ Haynes 2.
Arlee 10 9 7 16 – 42
Loyola-Sacred Heart 9 16 8 23 – 56
Josh Reed 19, Patrick Big Sam 11, Tyler Tanner 5, Justis Haynes 4, Isaac Desjarlais 2, Dom Burland 1.