Winfield girls basketball

Winfield, Mo. - Winfield girls basketball coach Austin Godfrey has seen consistent improvement from his team.

After consecutive three-win seasons in 2018-2019 and 2019-2020, the Warriors posted seven wins last season, including late-season wins over Elsberry and Orchard Farm, before their season ended with a two-point loss to the Eagles in the opening round of the Class 4 District 6 Tournament on Feb. 27.

Godfrey said his team looks to build on that modest success.

“We won seven games last year after winning three the two years before that,” he said. “It’s not great, but it was a huge improvement – and the girls were excited.”

Anchored by junior point guard Kade Berry, Winfield has the talent to score points – and get even more wins in 2021-2022.

“We’ve got girls who can score,” Godfrey said. “Renzlee Davidson was named all-tournament at (the Clopton Invitational on Jan. 8), and she will likely be our focal point this year.”

The Warriors will also be looking for contributions from their trio of seniors: LeiAnn Ford, Madison Kerkemeyer and Kylee Howard.

“They’ve been doing a great job with leadership,” Godfrey said. “We need to shoot the ball better this year though.”

Winfield plays in a historically tough conference in the Gateway Athletic Conference, but Godfrey said his girls had some breakthroughs last season, and believes that will translate into a positive campaign for the Warriors.

“I would hope we crack double-digit wins this year. We won our first GAC game last year,” Godfrey said. “We lost to Elsberry the first time we played them, but we beat them the second time (at Clopton).

“We lost to Orchard Farm the first time, but we beat them the second time (on Senior Night on Feb. 23), so there was steady improvement throughout the season.”