Friday, November 3, 2023

WHS varsity basketball tunes up for upcoming season

By Matt Pascarella

Last month, the Windham varsity basketball team opened its fall basketball schedule in preparation for the upcoming season and on Sunday, Oct. 29 at XL Sports World in Saco, the squad took on Falmouth and Edward Little. Windham fell, 73-48, to Falmouth but turned it around in a much closer game against Edward Little. While Windham had the lead for most of the game, Edward Little pulled away in the end to win, 51-45.

Windham senior Matt Searway drives past defenders at XL
Sports World in Saco during a fall basketball game against
Edward Little on Sunday, Oct. 29.
“This is a great group,” said WHS coach Cam Brown. “I’m a new voice in the program, so I’m really thankful that they listen and get everything. Some things we did really well were getting out in transition [during the Edward Little game]; we got to limit second chance points, turnovers and fast break points. A huge thing for them is communication. Overall, I think the kids did great.”


Windham was tied with Falmouth early in the first half, but after a short time, Falmouth pulled away. Windham kept it somewhat close by getting rebounds and staying aggressive. Falmouth led by six points at halftime.

Windham kept up the intensity and worked to bridge the gap between teams in the second half. Falmouth got several turnovers that worked against the Eagles. Windham did not give up, though shots weren’t falling. They made a last-ditch effort in the final minutes of the game, but Falmouth was too far ahead.

“At the beginning we came out strong,” said Windham senior Quinton Lindsay. “We were running, playing defense, talking, switching, getting rebounds, doing everything. In the second half we kind of just lost focus – Falmouth was getting rebounds, hitting transitions, getting shots and we just couldn’t match it. To improve we can work on defense, get our stamina back up and just be ready to hit shots when you’re open. We had a lot of open shots [that were missed].”

Edward Little

This was a different game. Windham tied it up very early on in the first half. Their intensity gave them a small lead, though Edward Little wasn’t trailing by much. Windham offense continued to sink shots and its defense blocked Edward Little’s scoring opportunities. Windham got several turnovers and maintained a lead. Windham led 33-26 midway through the game.

In the second half, Windham’s shots weren’t falling early on which gave Edward Little the chance to catch up. Windham junior Creighty Dickson hit a three-pointer. Windham got rebounds and continued defense. As the clock wound down, Edward Little gained a one-point lead. Then the game was tied at 42. Edward Little led by a couple of points and slowly began to pull away. Despite a strong effort, Windham was unable to recover.

“Our energy was up,” said Windham sophomore AJ Moody. “Our defense in transition was going really good at the start and ... it was going well until they got a one-point lead, and we kind of shut down and kept digging ourselves in a deeper hole. I think getting back on transition defense would help [us improve], not digging ourselves in a deeper hole, but stepping out of that hole and keep rising up.”

Dickson said the team played aggressive and that they pushed the pace a lot. They knocked down some clutch shots at the end, but their tempo wasn’t very good – technical fouls did not help, and their lead decreased. They can improve on transition defense, offensive rebounding and limiting their turnovers.

Both Brown and Windham coach Pat Moody said that the benefits of a fall basketball league are getting in with the same group of guys and building team chemistry as they prepare for the winter season. <

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