Last week was a very emotional, up-and-down week for the Winters Lady Blizzards, as they won their bi-district game on Tuesday, only to lose their area playoff game on Friday to end their season with a 21-14 record.

Last week was a very emotional, up-and-down week for the Winters Lady Blizzards, as they won their bi-district game on Tuesday, only to lose their area playoff game on Friday to end their season with a 21-14 record.

On Tuesday, in their first playoff appearance in six years, Winters traveled to Tuscola to face off against the Hamlin Lady Pipers, a team they had lost to eight straight games, including a 55-40 loss earlier in the season. However, this time would be different, as the Lady Blizzards picked up their first playoff win in seven years by defeating the Lady Pipers, 51-39. Hamlin jumped out to an early 4-0 lead before Winters settled down.

The Lady Pipers took an 11-8 lead after one period of play. Defense was the name of the game for the Lady Blizzards in the second quarter, as they forced 11 turnovers and held Hamlin to two points on 1-for-10 shooting. Winters exploded for 17 points, behind 10 points by sophomore Karlee Busher, to take a 25-13 lead into halftime. In the second half, the game became hectic as Hamlin tried to battle back, but every time they cut into the Winters’ lead, the Lady Blizzards answered back. Both teams scored 13 points in the third and fourth quarters, as Winters came out on top with a 51-39 win.

Busher had a monster game with 17 points, 13 rebounds, seven steals and three blocked shots. Senior Aimee Green had 11 points, four steals and four assists, while senior Monique Carrillo had eight points and 10 rebounds.

On Friday, the Lady Blizzards’ season came to an end in Big Spring, as they lost, 45-23, to the Sundown Roughettes at the Area round of the Class 2A playoffs. The first quarter was disastrous for Winters, as Sundown jumped out to a 15-2 lead. In the second quarter, Winters was able to cut the lead to 21-13 and before going into halftime down 26-15. The third quarter ultimately doomed the Lady Blizzards, as they failed to score a point in the period, while Sundown extended its lead to 33-15. In the final period, Winters was outscored 12-8, as Sundown won the Area Championship, 45-23. Green finished the game with 10 points, while senior Baily Knight and Carrillo each had five points.

The loss ended a very successful season for the Lady Blizzards who won 21 games and ended a six-year playoff drought and were Bi-District Champions.