Sometimes, the ball does seem to bounce one team’s way.
That was the case Tuesday night as Tattnall Square took both games over Windsor on Tuesday night, 69-40 in the girls game and 67-31 in the boys contest.
The Lady Trojans started quickly, building an 11-2 lead to open the game, and they never looked back as they forced multiple turnovers and frustrated the Knights all game defensively.
“I thought (Tuesday), everybody stepped up to give one of the best team efforts I’ve seen this season,” Lady Trojans head coach Richard Reid said.
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Windsor fought back in the second quarter, led by back-to-back Stephanie Roquemore 3-pointers to close the gap within nine, but the Knights were unable to take advantage of foul trouble on the Trojans. They made two free throws in the first half, despite Tattnall committing 12 team fouls in the first half of a game that saw both teams commit 49 fouls overall.
“We kept missing free throws and layups, and against a team like (Tattnall), you can’t do that,” Lady Knights head coach Ricky Worsham said. “I thought we drove the lane well, but couldn’t finish.”
Kaitlyn Guin led all scorers with 19 points for Tattnall, nine in the first quarter alone. Faren Harris added 16, and Peaches Campbell added 13 for the Trojans. Roquemore had 13, and Kalyn O’Quinn scored 12 for Windsor.
The boys contest began in similar fashion to their female counterparts, as Tattnall raced to a 16-4 lead on the strength of a fullcourt press that gave Windsor problems.
“I felt we should ratchet the intensity up a bit on defense, and not many teams employ a press, so it worked out well,” Tattnall head coach Paul Brooks said.
The Trojans helped themselves greatly by getting open shots all over the floor, using a dribble-and-drive offense that created many 3-point opportunities as the Knights collapsed the middle. Tattnall made 11 3-pointers total.
“That was just us taking open shots. We’re not afraid to pull the trigger,” Trojans guard DeAndre Smelter said, who drained 3 3-pointers, including a 70-footer at the buzzer in the third quarter. “I just shot a line drive, and it happened to go in.”
Smelter led all scorers with 12, but Tattnall benefitted from a balanced attack, as Rob Rojas and Jordan Brooks each had 11, and Thomas Babcock threw in nine.
“That’s one of our greatest strengths — being able to spread the ball and great team chemistry,” Brooks said.
Bo Giles had 11 for the Knights.