By RJ WALTERS / Daily News Sports Editor
As published in the Hillsdale Daily News on March 5, 2009
The Camden-Frontier Redskins have only one thing on their minds — a district championship — thus, taking care of business Wednesday was a necessity.
Against the upstart Will Carleton Academy Cougars, they did just that.
Defense turned into offense all game long for the Redskins and Morgan Warfield led all scorers with 19 points as C-F cruised into the district finals with a 70-29 win over the Cougars.
It wasn’t the prettiest game, but every C-F player scored and three put in double figures in the win.
“It’s kind of two-fold. Because my girls are so young they need a game, because when they just hear the word ‘districts’ I think they get nervous, so it was a good game in that aspect,” C-F head coach Melissa Warfield said. “But it was not such good a game because we tend to play a little lazier…but we’re ready to play Friday.”
The Redskins jumped out to a 26-4 lead thanks to a whole host of transition buckets and despite a second-quarter push from the Cougars the contest was never in question.
Will Carleton was only outscored 18-15 in the second quarter behind strong play from Jamie Davis and Leah Robinson, showing signs of what made it a successful season for Mandy Salsbury’s squad.
The Cougars tied for its league title and won its first-ever district game, against North Adams-Jerome on Monday.
Davis paced the Cougars with 12 points, while Robinson added nine and Cheyenne Hobbs scored eight.
According to Warfield everything comes down to Friday night for the Redskins, will they butt heads with Waldron, who they split with this season.
“I don’t think anything has mattered up until now, other than Friday night’s game.”
Warfield says she knows her team is capable of big things, her girls just have to stay even-keel and stay tough under pressure.
“From my perspective, we just have to be consistent. Morgan has to be on, I need Jackie on, I need Megan on, our big girls need to rebound…everyone has to be there at the same time,” she said.
It also helps that sophomore Effie Spieth, who scored 12 points and had six steals, has stepped up of late, to give the Redskins another weapon.
“I’m extremely proud of her,” Warfield said. “She struggled being the only sophomore left down with the JV group, so I know she’s glad to be up here and she’s a worker and she works hard defensively and I like it because I can get the ball out of Morgan’s hands a little bit, and she doesn’t have to feel so much pressure.”
To go with her 19 points Morgan Warfield added eight rebounds and four assists Wednesday. Jackie Parker scored 16 points and Jasmine Mann tallied five points, seven boards and seven steal.
Friday’s title game will tip off at 7 p.m. at Litchfield High School.