Wartburg takes beating at hands of Simpson

by Aaron Sewell

Storm Women’s Basketball vs Wartburg Wrap-up

 In the Simpson women’s basketball match up against Wartburg, the Storm (14-3, 8-0) defeated the Knights (15-2, 6-2) after being down 34-26 in the first half. The Storm put forth a solid second half and kept playing hard to overtake Wartburg and take the game 64-55. Head coach Brian Niemuth was able to breathe easy after leading the Storm to its 13th win in a row.

 “It was a good win,” Niemuth said. “We had a slow start to the season and were really peaking now. We really needed this win at our home court.”

 The Storm’s bench helped power the team to a strong finish, outscoring the Knights’ bench 39 points to 17. Niemuth was proud to see the team peaking mid-way through conference play even though the Storm didn’t put its best foot forward against the Warburg Knights.

“We did what we had to even though we were a little sloppy at first,” Niemuth said. “We can still improve as we continue through the second part of the season. We’ll have some new stuff to show.”

The Storm women have been powering their way through the season after a shaky start and are looking to make another run at the conference title come mid-February.

Storm Men’s Basketball vs Wartburg Wrap-up

The Simpson men’s basketball team (8-9, 5-3) pulled off another conference win against the Wartburg Knights (6-10, 1-7).

The Storm lead the Knights by 12 points at half time but had some difficulty holding Wartburg back as they tried to rally in the second half. Head men’s coach, Charles Zanders was glad to get the win over the Knights but also recognized there was still more work to do.

“It was a solid game we played,” Zanders said. “We’re still learning some things but we played very hard out there.”

The win against the Knights makes this season the most wins a Simpson men’s team had seen since the Storm men went 18-9 in the 2006-2007 season. Zanders said he was happy with what has been accomplished so far this season and feels the team is a lot better than the record shows.

“Were going to continue to get better and focus on the task at hand, one game at a time,” Zanders said. “We’re trying to turn the final corner.”