By Lucas Vance firstname.lastname@example.org
February 7, 2014
WINNSBORO — The Lady Eagles of Richard Winn Academy (21-1, 6-0) continued their winning ways Tuesday with a 62-18 drubbing of Oakbrook.
Richard Winn head coach Jason Haltiwanger said he wanted his team to focus on doing the little things right in the second-to-last regular season contest.
“Our focus going in was to focus on ourselves executing all the little details of ball pressure and boxing out,” he noted. “We were focused on playing at a high intensity and on what we could do to get better.”
RWA’s defense held Oakbrook to just four first half points, which pleased Haltiwanger.
“In the first half especially we did a really good job in all the above,” he said. “I was very pleased.”
Three Lady Eagles scored in double digits. Haltiwanger believes distributing the ball evenly is one of his team’s strengths.
“That’s (double-digit scoring) been our theme of the year,” he stated. “We’ve got five or six girls that can score in double digits on any night.”
Emily Brigman netted 15 points, which was tied for a game-high with teammate Carson Justice. Haltiwanger liked the way Brigman attacked the paint.
“Emily (Brigman) especially just drove into the lane and was able to finish the shot as well,” he noted.
After being out for two months with a knee injury, RWA got eighth grader Kimmy Albert back. Albert finished with four points off the bench and Haltiwanger is excited to have some fresh legs in the rotation.
“She (Albert) brings a lot of fire to our team and is a spark plug off the bench who comes in with a lot of energy,” he added. “It’s good getting her back because it will add to our depth.”
RWA will close out the regular season against Greenwood tonight. Two Lady Eagle seniors including Justice and Ann Cooke will be celebrated for their Senior Night.
“Hopefully with it being senior night we will have some extra motivation to play for,” Haltiwanger noted. “I told the girls that we need to send these two girls out in a manner that they can remember.”
Richard Winn’s conference tournament starts Feb. 13 at Union High School and will most likely be seeded against either Greenwood Christian or Oakbrook.
The SCISA playoffs will begin Feb. 21.
The Lady Eagles program has appeared in the last two state-title games, including last season’s championship run. Heading into the post-season, Haltiwanger is only concerned with his team’s mental approach.
“The main thing I’m focused on is keeping a good unity amongst the team and having the leaders step up,” he said. “It is all going to come down to our mindset.”
RWA: Carson Justice — 15; Emily Brigman — 15; Jaycie Johnson — 12; Atkerson — 6; Albert — 4; Taylor — 4; Stidham — 3; Thigpen — 2; Branham — 1
OPS: McDonald — 8; Wayne — 6; Hannouche — 1; Boyles — 1; Ordoff — 1; Erwin — 1