|Winnsboro sweeps Como-Pickton|
|From Staff Reports|
Jan. 17, 2006 - COMO - “Play hard” is one of Winnsboro coach Buddy Hawkins' favorite sayings, and the Winnsboro Lady Red Raiders did Tuesday night at the Como-Pickton High School gym.
Constantly challenged throughout the second half by Hawkins' words that pierced the crowd noise, the No. 1-ranked Lady Raiders defeated the Lady Eagles, 84-26.
This was the first game of the second round of District 16-2A play for both teams as Winnsboro improved to 7-0, 24-1 overall, and Como-Pickton dropped to 2-5, 12-9.
Led by University of Houston pledge Megan Morton, who poured in 28 points, Winnsboro out scored Como-Pickton 17-3 in the first quarter. Although the Lady Eagles were on the board first as junior Mollye Lay scored two of her four for the night, the Lady Raider full-court press allowed only one other point in the quarter, which came five minutes later when Lady Eagle junior Kate Moss hit a free throw.
The Lady Eagles scored only four more points in the second quarter as Winnsboro added 26 to its total. The first half proved physical as both teams amassed a total of 19 fouls, including one technical called against the Winnsboro coach midway through the second quarter.
Fouls filled the third and fourth quarters for both teams, a total of 20, as the Lady Raiders continued adding to their lead. Winnsboro abandoned their full court press in the second half allowing Como-Pickton to the boards more often, but it was not enough as the Lady Red Raiders dominated the night.
Rebecca Humphrey led the Lady Eagles with eight points.
Winnsboro 17 26 18 23 -84
Como-Pickton 3 4 12 7 -26
Winnsboro - Megan Morton 28, Victoria Landers 16, Sara Senn 12, Moriah Gerdes 11, Opal Taskila 8, Ashley Watkins 4, Brittany Carter 3, Macy Morton 2.
Como-Pickton - Rebecca Humphrey 8, Courtney Dulude 4, Mollye Lay 4, Maci Kight 3, Saxe Daughtery 2, Jordan Carlock 2, Kaylee Thomas 2, Kate Moss 1.
Winnsboro 68, Como-Pickton 55
In the nightcap, the Red Raiders (1-4; 6-10) picked up their first district win holding off the feisty Eagles (2-3; 7-13). Como-Pickton coach Ryan Aguirre said the fast pace of the game “played into the hands” of the Red Raider offense.
In the first quarter, Como-Pickton's Ryan Carpenter hit two 3-pointers and Justin Blount scored another to keep the Eagles close. Carpenter missed a third trey with 35 seconds showing on the clock and Jensen Mabe missed one at the buzzer allowing Winnsboro to take a 17-13 lead into the second quarter.
In the second, Winnsboro increased its lead by 15 thanks to a couple of 3's from Rob Akin and another added by Jake Hawkins.
Missed shots continued to plague the Eagles in the third and fourth quarters. Winnsboro played the entire third quarter without the services of Hawkins, who was sidelined with four fouls in the first half. Hawkins, who scored 15 points on the night, returned in the fourth and fouled out in the final 34 seconds of play.
�When he doesn't go, we struggle a little bit,� said Winnsboro coach David Cook. �The kids stepped up and played when he wasn't there and I am real proud of them.�
Foul calls predominated the night with 19 assessed in both the first and second half. Two technicals were handed out to the Winnsboro bench in the second half.
Five players scored for Como-Pickton, and all of them had at least nine points. Blount led the squad with 17 points, while Carpenter and Mabe added 10 points each.
Winnsboro 17 20 12 19 -68
Como-Pickton 13 9 12 21 -55
Winnsboro - Jeff Byrnes 17, Jake Hawkins 15, Rob Akin 13, Blake Bennett 8, Jakob Parton 6, Sean Ditto 5, Brody Smith 2, Salvador Ponce 2.
Como-Pickton -Justin Blount 17, Ryan Carpenter 10, Jensen Mabe 10, Alex Mowat 9, Reece Caddell 9.