WARSAW – Warsaw gymnastics head coach Tonya Douglass noted earlier this season her team wanted to consistently hit the 100-point mark and work from there. Tuesday night, her club scored exactly 100 points to defeat Lakeland’s 91.425. With two weeks left until sectionals, the reviews were mixed.
“Our beam was a little off tonight and that hurt us a little bit,” Douglass said. “It hasn’t been the beam performances we have been doing lately, and some nerves set in. But not sure what was going on there, we just were off on the beam. Our confidence wasn’t there.”
Douglass noted Tuesday wasn’t her team’s most dazzling or eye-opening set of performances overall, but the consistency was more of what she was looking for, and those scores were there.
Remi Beckham led the way in the all-around with a 34.85, edging out Lakeland’s Whittney Ray by seven-tenths. Beckham and Ray were the owners of the top scores in the meet, Beckham taking honors on bars at 8.7 and floor at 9.175, Ray leading the way on vault at 8.6 and beam at 8.525. Beckham was second on vault at 8.55 after not sticking either of her landings, and was a little shaky on beam at 8.425. Ray, who was wearing a boot to keep her injured ankle secure when not competing, tied Warsaw’s Megan Metzger for second on bars at 8.0 and scored 9.0 on floor to trail Beckham.
Daylen Turner gave Warsaw an 8.95 floor routine and Anna Wainscott had an improved beam showing, per Douglass, with her 7.875 that was third in the meet, and was also third on bars at 7.725.
Lakeland’s Emily Byler was third on vault at 8.5 and tied Warsaw’s Adree Beckham four fourth on bars at 7.525. Metzger and Turner tied for fourth on vault at 8.45.
“We still have some skills to throw in, and we are pretty healthy, so we are trying to be careful going into the sectional,” Douglass said.
With the Wawasee Sectional happening in less than two weeks, Douglass was looking for some connectors from her girls, but also knows with a meet Thursday at West Noble all that stands between now and tourney time, new skills are going to have to be implemented in a hurry.
“With just the one meet left, we have some time to regroup and get some practice in,” Douglass said. “With a whole week off before sectional, that will allow us to get some time in to really focus and get some of those new skills put in for the sectional.”