Big Plays Lift Jacks Over Minutemen

Windsor — It came down to nerves, and on this night, Windsor was the more composed team.

In a contest that was tight throughout, the Yellowjackets made the big plays down the stretch and came away with a 46-43 Marble Valley League girls basketball win over Mill River last night.

It was a matchup of two teams trying to make something out of a less than satisfying season. Windsor is 6-8 and Mill River 4-10.

There were a number of crucial plays in the final moments, but a decision by Windsor coach Bruce Mackay at halftime made have been the biggest play of the game.

In the first half, Mill River senior Nicole Ames scorched the nets for 14 points, which included four 3-pointers. Mackay then put Haley Wood on Ames in the second half and Wood held her scoreless. With 1:15 to go and Windsor in front by three, however, Ames took a long shot that would have tied the game, but it rattled around inside the rim and rolled out.

Mill River trailed 42-36 with 3:03 to go and narrowed the deficit to 44-43 with 17 seconds left. Windsor had a chance to boost the lead, but the front end of a 1-and-1 was missed. Mill River rebounded and started up the court, but one of the Mill River players stepped out of bounds with 5.6 second lefts. Windsor added two free throws and put the game away.

“If we don’t step out of bounds right there I think we had a shot,” said Mill River coach Ken Webb. “We work on those situations, but we just didn’t hold our composure.”

Another decision that Mackay thought was important was that he instructed senior guard Ashlee Dimick to handle the ball as much as she could late in the game

“She’s not likely to turn the ball over, and she made some big hoops for us,” Mackay said.

Mill River led after one period 15-13 and 25-20 at the half. Mill River had a tough third quarter, scoring just four points as Windsor took a 30-29 lead into the final period.

Dimick had a solid game with 16 point,s including a 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter. For Mill River, Trisha Burden had 15 points and Ames 14.

Windsor was a 11-for-14 from the line, while Mill River was 16-of-32.

Windsor goes to Hartford on Friday.