WINDSOR— A strong effort in every aspect of the game led the Windsor girls basketball team past Mead 55-31 Friday night.
Windsor not only avenged a 48-42 loss to Mead earlier in the year, but the win also pushes the Wizards into 2nd place in the Tri-Valley league.
“[Windsor] had something to prove after we beat them at our place, Mead head coach Mike Ward said. “They had a chip on their shoulder and we didn’t come out and compete at the same level as they did tonight.”
In the first quarter, the scoreboard was quiet early as neither team could get shots to fall. Mead was able to get to the free-throw line early, but couldn’t turn those opportunities into points. The Mavericks did get on the board first, after Mikayla Martinez got open inside for a two-point shot. The senior had six of Mead’s eight first quarter points and was effective early on grabbing rebounds and drawing fouls.
Windsor (7-2 Tri-Valley,13-5) managed to keep pace with Mead by playing tough defense. Windsor’s first points came off of a turnover forced by sophomore Amanda Ward. A few minutes later, Alyssa Manicone sparked Windsor’s offense by hitting a 3 at the buzzer to end the first quarter.
Windsor led 11-8 to end the first and never saw the lead change hands the rest of the evening. Tough defense thanks in part to a half-court press created chaos for Mead. The Mavericks were held to just four second quarter points.
“We knew they’d press and they’d throw it at us every now and then and we didn’t handle it very well,” Ward said. “We got out of sync, and tried to go to fast against [the press] and anytime you start going too fast you’re not going to make good decisions.”
The inability of Mead’s offense to handle the Wizards defensive pressure allowed Windsor easy scoring opportunities. Senior Sophie Griggs racked up nine second quarter points. and also had assists to Lauren Gustafson and Ward. Griggs and Ward finished with 15 points on the night which led all scorers.
Griggs was quick to downplay her accomplishments choosing to credit her teammates for the big victory. She believes when multiple teammates are involved the team is at its strongest.
“When we don’t gel as five we don’t win,” Griggs said. “We’ve found out in the second half of the season that the “team” wins games.”
Down 25-12 to begin the second half, Mead came out and made an attempt to spark its offense. Trailing 29-12 Rylee Ward and Marina Hanlon hit back-to-back 3’s. After that though, Mead’s offense again went cold.
Ahead 35-22 to begin the fourth, Windsor secured its fourth consecutive victory at the free-throw line. The Wizards converted on 11 of 14 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter.
“This was a big win for us,” Windsor head Gary Perko said. This puts us in sole possession of 2nd place.”
Mead (7-3 Tri-Valley 11-8) will play Erie Tuesday night. After a game against Roosevelt, Windsor will travel to Northridge Tuesday before hosting league-leading Berthoud on Friday.
WHS- 11 14 10 20 55
MHS - 8 4 10 9 31
WHS- Alysa Manicone 10 points, Hannah Thornton 2 points, Sophie Griggs 15 points, Amanda Ward 15 points, Lauren Gustafson 10 points, Sabrina Oliver 3 points
MHS- Rylee Ward 3 points, Mikayla Martinez 12 points, Fei Daly 2 points, Marina Hanlon 4 points, Allison Majerus, 2 points, Haylee McCullough, 7 points, Kaylee Dion 1
WHS- Alysa Manicone (1) Sophie Griggs (1)
MHS- Rylee Ward (1) Marina Hanlon (1)