|Windham High senior Nuar Bol soars before |
dunking the ball during Windham's game against
Thornton Academy at Windham High School on
Feb. 15. Windham fell to Thornton Academy by a
score of 50-45. PHOTO BY MATT PASCARELLA
In the second half, although Thornton Academy’s lead grew, Windham had several nice blocks which prevented more scoring opportunities for the Trojans. Offensively, Windham kept up their efforts and took shot after shot, but little was dropping. As the clock wound down, Hunter Simpson sunk a very nice three-pointer. While they put in a good effort, at the buzzer Thornton Academy got the “W,” 51-23.
The Windham Eagles Freshman first team, junior varsity and varsity teams hit the court against Thornton Academy, at home, on Monday, Feb. 15.
In this group’s first game of the season, they came ready to play. After a slow start in the first quarter, the Eagles battled and had begun to close the gap after Thornton Academy had pulled away early on. Windham passed the ball well and had several shots on basket.
“It’s nice to be back out,” said Erik Bowen, who was the team’s high scorer. “We got to get back to practice, work on our offense more, conditioning and get back at it (for) next game.”
Both teams were evenly matched to start. Windham had good defense and kept Thornton Academy from getting far ahead. The Eagles really worked hard to be first to the ball. Junior Robert “Will” Ledbetter sunk a three-pointer as Windham was right on Thornton Academy’s heels.
Unfortunately, Thornton Academy took a significant lead. Windham was trying, but the shots weren’t falling. Thornton got the 70-34 win. High scorer: Warren Elder.
“In the second half ... we ran our principles much better than we did in the first half,” said Windham coach Geoff Grigsby. He added the team needs to play with more defensive effort in future games.
Thornton Academy took a small lead early on, but Windham worked hard to catch up. Shortly before the end of the first half, senior Nuar Bol slam dunked the ball to tie the game at 17.
Senior Kaleb Cidre sunk several three-pointers in the second half to become the game high scorer. After three quarters, three points separated the teams.
“We were going through our offense really well,” said Cidre in response to his three-point shots. “I’d get to the right spot at the right time and hit the shot.”
The game was tied at 36 with four and one half minutes left to play. Roughly two minutes later the games was tied at 39. Thornton Academy had a two point lead with one minute left. As the clock wound down, Thornton Academy slowly pulled away. At the buzzer, Thornton got by 50-45.
“Our guys were anxious to play ... against a really good team,” said Windham coach Chad Pulkkinen. “Guys fought hard, played all the way through the buzzer and that’s all we can ask for.” <