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Ouch, That Stings

Jacks’ Home Hopes Fading

Windsor — Bob Hingston has been the athletic director at Windsor High School for 14 years, and for the first time in those 14 years, his Yellowjackets will most likely not get to host a home playoff basketball game, boys or girls.

Otter Valley made sure of that when it denied Windsor’s girls their slim chance of having a home postseason activity by downing the Jacks last night, 42-34.

Windsor was beaten by an Otter Valley team that has no seniors, no tall people, but some girls that like to run and play team defense.

“That pretty much says it,” said first-year Otter coach Steve Keith. “We like to get the ball up the floor in a hurry and play tough on defense.”

While Windsor still has a mathematical chance to gain at least one postseason home date, one of the wins they needed to have as the season winds down was last night’s visit from the Otters. However, for three periods, the Jacks couldn’t put anything together. When they started clicking in the fourth quarter, it was too little, too late.

“We missed a lot of shots, we turned the ball over and we didn’t make great decisions,” said disappointed Windsor coach Bruce Mackay. “We just kept shooting ourselves in the foot.”

Otter Valley did its part, too.

The visitors held a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter, but the Otters proceeded to miss 15 free throws in that final stanza, enabling Windsor to nip at the lead until it was 39-34. Then there were some missed shots, a couple of turnovers and Windsor ran out of time.

“We’ve got to make our free throws,” lamented Keith. “It got crazy at times, and it would have been a lot easier if we made our free throws.”

Windsor, down 38-28 with 3:30 left kept fouling, and Otter Valley kept missing at the line. Meanwhile, Windsor got baskets from Lindsey Clark, Ashlee Dimick and Nikki Kibling offset by a Jessica Frazier foul shot, leaving the Jacks down by five with 30.6 seconds left. Those final 30 seconds were like an NBA finish: Both coaches burned their timeouts, and Frazier hit two free throws and Brittany Bushey one as the Otters held on.

Otter Valley, which got 19 points from Frazier, evened its record at 8-8. Windsor (6-10) led by at 13-point game from Kibling.