Windsor boys basketball head coach Michael Johnson felt pretty good being down by only five points at halftime.
His team had survived an 18-point run by Monsignor Donovan in the first quarter and came back to plays its best basketball in the second quarter to trim the other teams lead to five.
The excitement for Knights fans was short lived, however, as Monsignor Donovan opened the second half with a 16-2 run to put Windsor away 54-37 in the GISA Region 1-AA semifinals.
Will Robinson scored 17 points for Monsignor Donovan (23-2).
Our mindset coming into the game was to slow them down and play good transition defense, said Johnson, whose team will make its first appearance in the GISA Class AA tournament bracket in three years and will play in Fridays third-place region tournament game. Our confidence level was high heading into the second half, but give them credit; they are a very good basketball team. We just were not able to slow them down the entire game.
Windsor (17-12), which had lost twice to the Rams during the regular season, led 10-6 early in the game. But Monsignor Donovan turned up the pressure, forcing eight turnovers during the final four minutes of the quarter en route to an 18-0 run to end the quarter. Robinson had nine points and three steals during that stretch.
Windsor settled down in the second quarter, outscoring Monsignor Donovan 11-2 to make it a competitive game.
Monsignor Donovan wore down Windsor in the second half by playing pressure defense and using 10 different players, while Windsor played only five for much of the game. Monsignor Donovan also dominated the boards in the second half, grabbing 22 rebounds to only six for the Knights.
We have not done a whole lot of winning lately on the basketball court in recent years, said Johnson, who starts three juniors, a sophomore and a freshman. That makes this game a little easier to swallow, knowing that we have a huge game (Friday). Going into the tournament as a three seed means we play a two seed, which is a whole lot better than a one seed. (Friday) becomes the biggest game of the season for us right now.
Landry Rustin led Windsor with 11 points, while Austin Thomas added 10.
Also Thursday, Gatewood made short work of CFCA in one of the girls semifinal games, winning 64-12.
The Gators advance to the championship game and will meet Briarwood, a team they split with in the regular season.
Gatewood (19-4) was led by Leslie Calvert with 11 points. CFCA (14-11) played without its star player, Destini Bush, who averages 25 points and 15 rebounds per game. She injured her right knee in Tuesdays game against Covenant and is awaiting the results of an MRI.