March 1, 2013
CLINTON — The Windsor Greyhounds could not hold off a fourth-quarter charge, falling to Skyline 47-38 in a Class 2 sectional on Thursday at Clinton.
Windsor led 29-28 heading into the final quarter and the game was tied at 33 with 5:25 left, but Skyline got a basket from Ashley Bishop and a steal and 3-point play from Madison Brethower to take a 38-33 lead and never looked back.
Windsor missed a pair of baskets and Skyline hit a free throw on the other end, then missed the second but got an offensive rebound. Alli Carter took advantage of the renewed possession by hitting a layup to make it a 41-33 lead.
Skyline held Taylor Ebeling to 11 points and Shelby Williams to six.
“They were being physical with Taylor to start with,” said Windsor coach Brad Forrest. “It’s hard for her to get open whenever you’ve got somebody in your face to start with. Being physical, not letting her get off her screen, same as all of us.”
Skyline used a full-court press to force six Windsor turnovers in the first quarter and jump out to a 12-6 lead. But once Windsor settled down, the Greyhounds were able to make a run and get back into the game.
“Once we got settled down and into the flow of the ballgame and got our blood flowing we figured out that we can play with these people,” said Forrest, whose team lost to Skyline 62-36 in December. “We handled the press well after that. We still had some turnovers. We have to take better care of the ball. We fought hard, though. They had a chance to kick us and we came back and got it tied and took the lead. We just couldn’t hold onto it.”
Windsor held Skyline to 14 of 49 shooting from he field. Ebeling and Williams each had three blocks and a steal.
“I thought we played a heck of a game defensively,” Forrest said. “I had planned to go to a zone because of the way they can shoot the ball. I thought our man defense was good enough to win, we just didn’t execute enough on the offensive end.”
After Skyline’s run to start the game, Windsor came back with a pair of baskets from Ebeling and took a 13-12 lead on an Ebeling 3-pointer with 5:25 to play in the second quarter. A Williams steal set up a drive by Bailey Rollins to give Windsor a 15-12 lead.
Skyline rallied and the teams were tied at 19 at halftime.
In the third quarter, baskets by Williams and Ebeling gave Windsor a 23-19 lead and a pair of Jessica Neel jumpers made it 27-23.
Skyline jumped out to a 33-30 lead early in the fourth quarter before a 3-point play by Neel tied it, but Skyline scored the next eight points to put the game away.
Brethower scored 18 points for Skyline.
Rollins led Windsor with 12.
“She’s got all the tools you need for a basketball player,” Forrest said. “She’s something special.”
For the second year in a row Windsor’s season ended at the sectional. The Greyhounds finished the season 23-5.
“We had a good year,” Forrest said. “If you’d have told me we would have made it here after all the injuries we had, I’d probably have called you crazy, but the girls stepped up, they played their hardest for me. I can’t wait until next year. It’s going to be entertaining.”