COLE CAMP — Meghan Pitts scored 25 points as the Cole Camp Bluebirds pulled away from Windsor for a 51-36 win on Thursday on the Robert Farrington Court.
“I knew that I had to work hard and just take time on my moves,” Pitts said. “Then when I put a move, I just had to focus on my shot.”
She scored six of her team’s 10 points in the first quarter, scored five points in less than a minute in the second, then helped shut down a Windsor third quarter run with six more in that quarter.
Cole Camp held a 41-28 rebounding edge in the game.
“I just knew that we worked hard in practice boxing out and I knew that I had to bring that into the game,” Pitts said. “Coach told us that some of their players were averaging nine or 10 rebounds per game, so we knew we just had to work hard.”
Windsor’s Shelby Williams scored 11 points, seven of those in the first few minutes of the third quarter as the Lady Greyhounds took a 24-22 lead, but she scored just two the rest of the way.
“We didn’t do a good job of getting it kicked inside to her either,” said Windsor coach Brad Forrest.
Often when Windsor tried to get its offense going, it was unable to get the ball to junior guard Bailey Rollins, usually because Kimmi Finkiewicz was giving her no room to manuever.
“Kimmi’s a sparkplug” Grunden said. “Kimmi works hard, but she’s got four other kids on the floor with her that are working just as hard that make her job just a little bit easier. She’s not the only one who plays hard for me.”
Rollins scored just one point in the first quarter, made a couple of baskets with Finkiewicz out of the game early in the second quarter, then was held scoreless in the second half. She finished with nine points.
“We work on defense every day,” Finkiewicz said. “I know to stay on my toes.”
“They were running basically a 1-3 with a girl on (Rollins),” Forrest said. “We tried to make some adjustments at halftime and it seemed like we forgot them as soon as we walked out of the locker room door.”
Cole Camp jumped out to an early 8-1 lead.
“We came out and did a couple of things defensively,” Grunden said. “We made some good buckets, got some buckets in transition, that got us the early lead.”
Windsor answered, forcing six turnovers during a 10-2 run to take the lead. That lead didn’t last long as Pitts hit three free throws and a basket insde off an offensive rebound.
Windsor was able to cut the Cole Camp lead to 18-17 at the half thanks to Rollins intercepting a pass and taking it in for a layup.
Windsor briefly took the lead in the third quarter when Williams hit a 3-point play, a jumper and a basket in the paint, but Cole Camp kept feeding the ball to Pitts and went on a 16-4 run.
“Anybody that’s seen us play, they know we’ve got Meghan in the post and we’re going to play inside-out,” Grunden said. “If she can get a touch down in the block area, she’s pretty tough. She’s got a lot of different post moves and she attacks the rim well.”
Windsor rallied to get back within seven points, but missed its next five shots from the field as Cole Camp used baskets by Pitts and Ashley Schroeder to pull away.
Kaleena Logan finished the 13 points for the Bluebirds.