SWEET SPRINGS — Bailey Rollins scored 15 of her team’s last 20 points as Windsor pulled away from Santa Fe to win 52-38 in the Class 2, District 14 semifinals on Monday at Sweet Springs High School.
“I just made sure I was open all the time, was an outlet for my team if they needed it,” she said. “They trusted me with the ball so I just trusted them to get it to me.”
Rollins got six of those points early in the quarter driving to the rim.
“They were giving me my right hand and I’m right-handed,” she said.
“My coaches said take it until they stop you and I just took it as hard as I could.”
She capped off the third quarter with a buzzer-beater. After Santa Fe’s Kylie Limback tied the game at 32 with three seconds left, Rollins pushed the ball up court and sank a jumper.
Windsor took advantage of a mistake by the Santa Fe bench to open the fourth quarter.
The Chiefs sent six players onto the floor, drawing a technical foul. Taylor Ebeling hit one free throw and Rollins hit a layup on the possession
Two more layups by Rollins and a layup by Jessica Neel helped make it a 15-1 Windsor run to make it 47-33.
Rollins finished with 22 points.
Shelby Williams scored 13 and Ebeling added 11.
After shooting 7 of 20 from the field in the first half, the Greyhounds shot 11 for 22 in the second, including 5 of 8 while pushing the lead to double digits in the fourth quarter.
In the meantime, Santa Fe missed its first 12 shots of the fourth quarter and shot 8 for 45 for the game.
“We just came out and played good defense,” Ebeling said. “We had a lot more intensity. We came out and wanted to win.”
Ebeling had four blocked shots and four steals — three of each coming in the second half.
“Not wanting this to be my last high school game, I knew I needed to step it up and that way the team could play better,” Ebeling said.
The lead went back and forth through the first quarter until Rollins hit a 3-pointer with 2:18 left in the first to put Windsor ahead 9-6.
The Greyhounds led until Brooke Barnett hit a putback early in the second to make it 12-11 Chiefs on a possession that saw them pull down three offensive rebounds.
Santa Fe led 18-16 until Breanna Bowers and Ebeling hit jumpers from the elbows on back-to-back possessions — Bowers from the left elbow, Ebeling from the right.
“Our offense is designed so that if they take away that cut we’ve got an elbow jumper coming up,” said Windsor coach Brad Forrest. “I’ve got girls that can knock them down. That’s what makes our offense effective.”
The lead changed hands six times in the third quarter before Williams made a 3-point play following one of Ebeling’s steals to make it 30-26 Windsor.
But Santa Fe tied the game on shots by Limback and Kourtney Chiddix.
“They did a good job of coming out and getting back in the ballgame,” Forrest said.
“Offense did a good job, defense was kind of at a minimum there, but we were able to gather our defense back together and shut them down after that.”
Windsor (17-4) will face Crest Ridge in the Class 2, District 14 final at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Windsor beat Crest Ridge 46-39 on Jan. 5 in Warrensburg.