Windsor girls basketball dominates Roosevelt in conference matchup
January 17, 2014
« Best individual performance: Ashley Manicone was a powerhouse for Windsor. She ran the floor and got open as much as she could. She grabbed a few steals and took the ball down the court for field goals, including four in the fourth quarter.
« Turning point: The Wizards got up early on Roosevelt with a 12-0 run to start the first quarter. After taking a nine-point lead heading into the second, Windsor furthered their cause to go up 30-14 at the half. The Rough Riders couldn’t recover after that.
« What it means: Windsor claimed its first Class 4A Tri-Valley win and moves to 7-3 overall. Roosevelt starts conference play 0-1 and drops to 1-8 overall.
JOHNSTOWN — The Windsor girls basketball team didn't look one bit rusty in its first game out of winter break.
The Wizards hustled on the floor, grabbing steals from Weld County foe Roosevelt and dominating on offense with nine players scoring in the game.
The Wizards overpowered the Rough Riders in every quarter Tuesday night to claim a 62-25 Class 4A Tri-Valley win.
Windsor coach Gary Perko said the Wizards played really well in their first game back from winter break.
"Coming off break, I thought we really played well defensively with our … full-court press," he said. "We passed the ball well, we ran the floor, also. It's a good game after a layoff over the break, so we were proud of the girls and what they did."
Windsor's defense held Roosevelt (0-1 Tri-Valley, 1-8 overall) to less than 10 points each quarter and in return, the Wizards (1-0, 7-3) scored double digits in every quarter. Windsor started with 6 of 10 field goals in the first quarter and finished with 10 of 15 in the fourth.
Perko said Windsor had just four days of practice during the break because of Colorado High School Activities Association rules but so did every other high school in the state.
Roosevelt coach Randy Longoria said coming off of break isn't an excuse for how his team played.
"Everybody's in the same situation … I certainly won't point to that as any kind of a pretext for flailing around the way that we did," he said.
The Rough Riders had eight total field goals in the game, two in each quarter. However, Longoria said Roosevelt's defense looked strong early on.
"I thought that we were stronger in the first half, at least defensively," Longoria said. "Right now for us, that's a big deal. We trailed by 12 or 14 at half and ended up losing by somewhere in the 40 range. … I thought that we were weaker in the second half."
The Rough Riders were just 2 of 5 from the field in the third and 2 of 14 in the fourth.
Windsor junior Alyssa Manicone finished with a game-high 18 points, making eight field goals and shooting 2 of 3 from the free throw line. Senior Sophie Griggs followed with 10 points on four field goals and a free throw.
Junior Ashley Jacox led Roosevelt with seven points, including 3 of 4 free throws. Senior Jordan Daniels added six points, including 3 of 4 free throws.
Perko said Roosevelt is a well-coached team and Longoria does a good job with them. Longoria said hopefully the Rough Riders learned a few things from the game.
Perko said the win was especially good for Windsor since it was the Wizards' first conference game.
"You always wanna win that first conference game, so it was a good win for us all the way around," Perko said. "Everybody played well; the whole team contributed so it was a good win for us."
WHS 16 14 12 20 — 62
RHS 7 7 5 6 — 25
WHS — Alyssa Manicone 8 2-3 18, Sophie Griggs 4 1-1 10, Hannah Thornton 4 0-0 8, Amanda Ward 3 2-2 8, Mackenzie Ruff 2 2-4 6, Tylee Pitner 2 0-0 4, Samantha Greene 1 2-2 4, Lauren Gustafson 1 0-0 2, Ella Rasmuson 0 0-0 0, Payton Hoffman 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 9-12 62
RHS — Ashley Jacox 2 3-4 7, Alyssa Minick 3 0-0 6, Jordan Daniels 1 3-4 6, Amanda Eidson 2 0-0 5, Ashley Ortiz 0 0-1 0, Kelsey Kammerzell 0 0-0 0, Hanna Jones 0 0-0 0, Robyn Decker 0 0-0 0, Monica Ramirez 0 0-0 0, McKenzie Bernhardt 0 0-0 0, Michelle Batista 0 0-0 0. Totals 8 7-11 25
3-point field goals — WHS 1 (Griggs); RHS 2 (Daniels, Eidson).
Total fouls — WHS 15; RHS 12 (Jacox fouled out).