With their win over Union Mine on Feb. 4, the Galt Lady Warriors accomplished something they hadn’t done since 2011.
The 60-52 win was the first time the Lady Warrior basketball program had defeated Union Mine since the 2010-11 season.
They would go on to clobber Bradshaw Christian 66-31 three days later and had won five of their last six games heading into their final league game Feb. 11.
“It was just one of those games where we just have a mental check again and we talked about the fact that we have nothing to lose because everyone expected us to lose but that if we go in there with the mindset to play, I believed we would have a chance to win,” Galt coach Dorvez Barnett said of the win over Union Mine. “I’d say it was one of the best games they ever played where it was a complete game. We took care of the ball, we finished at the basket, we hit our free throws, we defended very well against their best player, Alli McDonald, which is the best player in this entire league. The girls were excited, they were motivated,” Barnett said.
In that game, Raina Saldivar led all scorers with 25 points.
“She was locked in. She didn’t even come out of the game, she was just so zoned in that she didn’t even realize she played the whole game,” Barnett said of Saldivar. “It was the first time we beat Union Mine in 10 years so it was definitely a signature win for us.”
Not only did they upset Union Mine, the win is part of the Lady Warriors’ best league season since the 2010-11 season. This season, they were 5-4 before their final league game, which was scheduled for Feb. 11.
In 2010-11, they finished 9-3 in league and went on to play in the playoffs. Sandwiched between those two seasons, Galt had only won three league games combined.
Team activities off the court, including Barnett taking them to the movies, have helped the Lady Warriors bond not only with one another, but with Barnett, who is in his first year coaching the program.
Barnett was impressed with the team’s progress and he hopes the team’s next highlight is possibly a home playoff game once playoff brackets are released by the Sac-Joaquin Section this week.
With the program looking to receive a playoff berth once brackets are released, thanks to their hot finish to the league season, the Lady Warriors are now waiting to when and where they will play.
“I think the girls are starting to understand their hard work is paying off. It’s been kind of an up and down battle because the mental part has been challenged. Now the girls are starting to understand the game a little bit. They’re making mistakes because this is just year one, but for them to come this far and to be in this position just from a year ago, these girls have really responded well and been open to change,” Barnett said after the Lady Warriors defeated Ygnacio Valley in a non-league game 57-52 Feb. 10. “These girls are playing with resiliency and are understanding that as long as we fight, we give ourselves a chance to win. This season is just a special season for them.”