Canes Outlast Yellowjackets
Hartford Takes Turnover-Filled Battle From Windsor
Windsor’s Nikki Kibling bats the ball out of Hartford’s Kelsey Kehoe’s hands after a rebound last night in Windsor. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Purchase photo reprints »
Windsor’s Nikki Kibling tries to move past Hartford’s Jessica Barnum last night. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Purchase photo reprints »
Hartford's Amy Koh helps teammate Kelsey Kehoe up after she went down shooting a basket. Windsor's Rachel Meagher is on the right.
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Windsor — The Windsor and Hartford High girls basketball teams are a lot alike. Both teams like to run and both teams like to play an in-your-face defense. But on a night when neither team seemed to get its running game to result in offense, it was Hartford which, after a decent stretch in the third quarter and eventually pulled away from Windsor last night in a Marble Valley League game, 50-29.
At times it was dangerous to be sitting courtside, as ball control was at a premium and turnovers the order of the day.
“We just turned it over too many times,” said Hartford coach Ed Kehoe.
“We have to stop dribbling and pass the ball,” said frustrated Windsor coach Bruce Mackay.
Still, what Hartford had — and Windsor did not — was senior Stephanie Grobe, who poured in 21 points.
“Steph’s tough, but like all our girls she’s unselfish,” Kehoe said.
While Grobe was at the forefront of the Hurricanes’ victory, the defense also played a big role. Windsor never got a field goal until 2:41 into the second quarter.
“I thought our defense was good all night,” Kehoe said, “and we’re going to get better offensively. This was only our fifth game.”
Meanwhile, Mackay took a look at the scorebook and saw where his Yellowjackets were 10-of-30 from the free throw line. Then, he thought back to a time in the second quarter, when, even though his team was not playing particularly well, Hartford wasn’t, either.
“And then what, I think we missed the front end of four or five one and ones,” Mackay said.
There were other areas of concern for Mackay, as well.
“I think we lack confidence and panic sometimes, which leads to some bad decision making,” he said. “Somehow, we’ve got to be more patient.”
The win brought the Hurricanes to 4-1, while Windsor fell to 2-3.
The erratic pace of the game can be found in the foul column. Four seconds into the game the first foul was called and both teams were in the bonus by the end of the first period. Windsor fell behind 8-0 and did not get its first point until there was 1:10 left in the first quarter.
Still ,as ineffective as the Jacks were, they were always just a run away from making it a close game. Despite having just three field goals in the first half Windsor trailed just 21-11 at the half.
“If we only could have made those free throws,” Mackay said.
The tide started to turn in the last three minutes of the third quarter. Hartford was ahead 30-20 with 3:01 to play and then went on an 11-1 run to close out the period and take command of the game. Grobe had five points during the run.
Windsor’s Laurel Dana only had a three-point game, but she provided a spark in the second quarter when she showed some strength off the glass and was able to get the outlet pass away.
Both teams play again on Monday, as Hartford hosts Hanover and Windsor goes to Otter Valley.