Basketball season is finally here! After a summer we never thought would end it is time for Winter sports! On Wednesday, November 4th, the Varsity Girl’s Basketball schedule was officially announced.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this schedule has taken longer than usual to complete and is subject to some pretty intense changes as the season goes forward. We will also not be participating in any tournaments this year because of Official State orders. These two things have created a shorter schedule than normal for our Lady Warriors, who played 30 games last year, but will only play 26 games or less this season.
First, let’s have a little recap on last season:
While our Lady Warriors started their season on a strong 9 game winning streak and finished with a 3rd Place State Finish and a program best record of 27-3 (5-1), their early schedule was centered around only a handful of opponents. In the 2019-20 season they faced the Van Horn Lady Eagles 4 times, and Sierra Blanca, Fort Hancock, Jesus Chapel, and Tornillo 3 times each (well Fort Hancock was played 3.5 times, one game was concluded at halftime due to poor weather conditions). The season opener against Dell City and a tournament game against Academia Juarez (Juarez, Mexico) are the two games that stand alone.
The upside to their first half of the season schedule was in their Tournament play. Our Lady Warriors won the Immanuel Invitational Championship for the first time in program history and the Coyote Classic Invitational later on that month. They would also see themselves go into the Christmas break with 16-1 overall record.
Their real challenge came in January and with District Play. The Lady Warriors squeezed two wins out of Burton Adventist in early January, which put them in a good position traveling to Westlake, TX the following weekend to play perennial powerhouse, Westlake Academy. They would go on to split their two games against Westlake but still sat safely at the top of District. Our Lady Warriors would wrap up their District play with Newman International Academy of Arlington. Our Lady Warriors blew by the NIA Lady Warriors in both games played against them, and cemented themselves as District Champions.
2 games against Lydia Patterson and Senior Night versus the Young Women’s Leadership Academy Transformers (and the half-a-game against Fort Hancock) would fill in the rest of their Non-District schedule in the second half of the season.
As we moved to playoff season, our Lady Warriors earned themselves the opportunity to host a playoff game. They would host Cornerstone Christian Academy out of McKinney, TX, in the first round of the TCAF Division 1 State Playoff. Our Lady Warriors would go on to defeat the CCA Lady Warriors by a score of 64-43.
The second round of playoffs was played in Midland, TX, against a very physical Newman International Academy of Cedar Hill team. The Lady Warriors dropped a nail biter by a score of 61-55.
The loss in Midland sent our Lady Warriors to the TCAF Division 1 State 3rd Place game where they would once again face the Westlake Academy Blacksmiths. This time they would defeat the Blacksmiths by a score of 53-45 and claim Third Place in the TCAF Division 1 State Girl’s Basketball Tournament.
Now onto this year:
The 2020-21 season brings fewer games, but a couple of new teams our Lady Warriors’ way.
The Lady Warriors will face Jesus Chapel in their season opener, then go on to play a mix of Tornillo, Fort Hancock, Van Horn, and Sierra Blanca throughout the rest of November and beginning of December.
Two new additions to this year’s schedule is the addition of a game against Fabens on December 11th and the Anthony Wildcats on December 18th, two teams that our Lady Warriors have not faced in a long time.
January and early February hold nothing more than District games. The Lady Warriors will make their first District trip to Arlington to play 2 games against Burton Adventist Academy. A week later they will return to the DFW area to face-off twice against the NIA Cedar Hill Lady Warriors. Due to COVID-19 precautions it is currently unknown where the following week’s 2 games will be played against High Point Academy. Lastly, District play will wrap up against perennial powerhouse, Westlake Academy on the 5th and 6th of February here in El Paso.
To view the complete schedule on our website click here: https://www.icwarriornation.com/vgb-schedule
To view the complete schedule on MaxPreps click here: https: //www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/immanuel-christian-warriors-(el-paso,tx)/girls-basketball/schedule.htm