Warren girls looked really sharp in opener

Molly McCutcheon was there to support the Warren High girls’ basketball team in its season and home opener Saturday night.

The 5-foot-8 senior guard was unable to play due to a nagging injury, and you just knew she had to be a little frustrated not being in the action on the court. After all, she’s a competitor.

“Molly’s a huge part of our team,” said 5-10 senior Kate Liston after the Warriors (1-0) defeated visiting Fairfield Union High, 67-42, to tip off their season with a big bang.

“We miss her, and we can’t wait for her to get back,” added Liston, who paced the royal blue and white cagers with 16 points.

As to when McCutcheon will be back, that’s a big question mark right now.

“We’re not real sure when that’ll be,” said seventh-year WHS head coach Amy Colgrove.

Of course, the sooner the better.

Warren is scheduled to play at Nelsonville-York tonight (Tuesday), and will be back in Vincent against Eastern Thursday.

While Warren certainly missed McCutcheon, an All-Ohio Division II honorable mention last season, against Fairfield Union, a team the Warriors beat, 52-42, in a sectional championship game at Logan High’s Jim Myers Gymnasium last February, the rest of the Warrior team stepped up and really looked sharp in its first game of the winter campaign.

Liston was one of four Warriors to score in double digits. Seniors’ Peyton Bowe and Emily Jackson chipped in with 14 points apiece, while freshman and non-starter Olivia Alloway netted 11.

The 5-foot-9 Alloway did start the second half, however.

“She doesn’t play like a freshman,” Liston said. “She’s something else.”

Colgrove agreed and added, “I even had two people (Alloway included) start the second half that didn’t start the first half. That’s just the way it’s going to be.”

No question about it, the Warren girls’ team is deep.

How deep?

Extremely.

After starters’ Peyton Bowe, Emme Bowe, Caspen Ford, Grace Way, and Liston, there were Jackson and Alloway, who combined for 25 of the 29 bench points. Also on the varsity roster were Molly Grayson, Daisy Baker, Brianna Carpenter, Sommer Saboley, and Maddisen Miller, who also played some JV minutes.

“We’re very deep, deeper than last year,” Colgrove said, “and I played everyone (vs. Fairfield Union). They all gave great minutes.

“We’ve got some young kids, but we also got an experienced group.

“It’s a good team, a good bunch of girls.”

Only time will tell how really good this Warren girls’ team is, but when McCutcheon is ready to play…well, that’s another weapon in the arsenal.

Just keep an eye on the Warrior girls this winter. They could be going places.

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