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Windsor dominates the numbers game in lopsided girls basketball player opener against familiar foe Erie

Saying Windsor has Erie's number would be at least a slight understatement.

In reality, Friday night at Reg Figal Gymnasium, the Wizards had all the numbers.

Shooting percentage, rebounding, steals, assist-to-turnover ratio — you name it. The Wizards dominated every statistic imaginable.

The most important stat that overwhelmingly leaned in Windsor's favor? The final score.

Windsor's onslaught lasted the entire 32 minutes as the fifth-seeded Wizards, as expected, cruised to a 70-41 win against No. 37 Erie in the second round of the Class 4A Girls Basketball Championships.

"We wanted to make sure we started the state tournament with great momentum," said Windsor first-year head coach Jim Porth, whose team had a first-round bye. "We used the whole bowl game analogy. We had two extra practices, we had Tuesday off. We wanted to throw some wrinkles in there and get good at some things we weren't good at in the past."

The Wizards (18-6) improved to 3-0 against Erie (11-14) — a 4A Tri-Valley Conference foe — this winter.

In fact, Friday's game was much like the previous two, which Windsor won 71-52 and 58-46.

The Wizards advance to the round of 16 and will play host to No. 21 The Classical Academy (20-5) at a to-be-determined time Tuesday.

The Titans punched their ticket to the third round with a 37-33 upset win against No. 12 Discovery Canyon (16-8) on Friday.

The round of 16 has been a bugaboo recently for Windsor, which has seen its season come to an end in that round, or earlier, the past five years.

"We've always gotten to the Sweet 16," said Windsor junior guard Michaela Moran, who scored a team-high 11 points. "We could never make it past, but this year, that's our goal — to at least make it past (the round of 16)."

If the Wizards are as razor-sharp in all aspects Tuesday as they were Friday, they'll likely get over that round-of-16 hump.

Despite missing its first 11 shots, Windsor still out-shot the Tigers 41 percent (30 of 73) to 39 (12 of 31) while more than doubling up their number of made baskets.

They Wizards had 20 steals compared to just nine for Erie. The Tigers turned the ball over 37 times compared to 16 for Windsor.

The Wizards outrebounded Erie 35-30, including 19-5 on the offensive glass.

Every player on Windsor's roster scored.

Just about every statistical shellacking the Wizards engineered can be traced back to their full-court press and in-your-face defense.

"We get our momentum from our defense, and then we become really aggressive on the offensive side," said Wizards sophomore guard Hollie Hoffman, who scored 10 points and had a game-high five steals. "We came out ready to play."

Best individual performance

Hoffman gets the nod for being such an effective two-way player. In addition to her efficient scoring and scrappy defense, she also chipped in on the boards, pulling down four rebounds.

Turning Point

This game got out of hand almost immediately.

Erie's only led was 2-1, 2 minutes into the game. Windsor led the last 28 minutes of the game, growing its lead in every quarter.

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The Wizards will take another crack at getting past the third round when it faces Classical Academy on Tuesday in Windsor.

Windsor has just one state championship in program history, claiming the 4A title in 1994.

EHS 8 6 14 13 — 41

WHS 11 20 22 17 — 70

WHS — Michaela Moran 5 1-2 11, Hollie Hoffman 4 2-2 10, Adalyn Vergara 4 1-1 9, Ally Kennis 3 2-4 8, Karly Mathern 4 0-1 8, Madi Denzel 3 0-0 6, Karee Porth 3 0-0 6, Sam Greene 2 0-1 4, Daria Peck 0 4-4 4, Chaynee Kingsbury 1 0-0 2, Taylor Kramer 1 0-0 2. Totals 30 10-15 70

3-point field goals — WHS 0.

Total fouls — WHS 19.