Warsaw Ends 19 Win Season With Loss In District Play

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
It is some 30 miles between Clinton MO. and Warsaw MO. However, the ride home last Thursday night seemed a whole lot further with the taste of bitter defeat still ruminating among the thoughts of Warsaw coaches, players and fans.
The semi-final district game had a lot of built in drama as Warsaw was one game away from a 20 win season, the first since 1989.
The other wild card in the deck was that Versailles Head Coach Jason Ollison had coached Warsaw three years ago and knew the Warsaw program and the players well.
Also, Warsaw had beaten Versailles 57-51 earlier in the season at WHS.
So Warsaw drew the #2 seed and Versailles #3 and they locked in for a wild ride that would send someone home for the season .
The first half was sluggish. Neither team found a rhythm but Warsaw led at the half 28-17 and 13-11 after one. Fans complained about the lackluster play but there are no style points in basketball. Matt Luebbert was struggling with just five points, but his twin brother Jake Luebbert was having the game of his career and finished with 12 points.
Warsaw would pull way by 14 in the third and looked like they had matters in hand. After a Tiger’s timeout, Versailles climbed back into the game with some incredible threes by Coby Williams and company. The Tigers would take the lead with a 26-2 run and never look back as the third quarter ended 41-38. Williams would finish with 26 on the night .
While Matt Luebbert wasn’t scoring, he was rebounding and bringing the ball up the court. Luebbert had a masterful block late in the game that sent the ball across the court and out of bounds. He just couldn’t get his shots to fall. He ended with a season low ten points.
Logan Davis went to work and kept Warsaw in the game. With the score 54-52,  Davis would launch a three at the 1:37 mark. He either fell down or was pushed. The ball hit the back of the rim then scooted to the front and fell off. From there the game was all Versailles as they held on for the 57-52 victory.
Davis had 15. The four seniors, Logan Davis, Matt and Jake Luebbert and Joey Mace walked off the court for the last time in a high school basketball game. Warsaw ended up 19-8.
Versailles would beat Clinton 91-62 to win the championship on Friday night.