WINNSBORO — After downing Cambridge Academy, the Richard Winn Academy girl’s basketball team improved to 2-0 with a comfortable 42-27 win over the Ben Lippen Hawks.
Richard Winn began the game on a 5-0 run before Ben Lippen converted a turnover into their first basket of the game.
The Hawks managed to hang around the Lady Eagles, who are on a 30-game win streak if you include last season.
Richard Winn was up just five points after the first quarter. A good defensive play on a fast-break at the end of quarter kept Ben Lippen out of double digits.
“We played a good solid fundamental half-court defense,” RWA Coach Jason Haltiwanger said. “I think they were a very well-rounded team. In fact they had two really good athletic guards that could shoot the ball well, and then inside they had three girls that were six feet or taller. We knew coming in that would be a touch challenge for us, but defensively I thought we as a team stepped up.”
An Eagles turnover at the beginning of the second quarter brought the Hawks within three points. Alyssa Atkerson knocked down a hard shot, and drained the free throw to cap off the three-point play to put Richard Winn back up 16-10.
The Lady Eagles played some stiff defense around the hole, including stuffing three shots right at the rim, as they began another 5-0 run to go up 18-10.
Ben Lippen looked as if they were about to fight back, scoring quickly on a jumper then on a fast-break to cut the deficit to just four points.
Atkerson assisted Jaycie Johnson on an inbound pass for a fast score and quickly put a halt to Ben Lippen’s momentum. A late foul by Ben Lippen led to a free throw for Richard Winn and they took a 21-14 lead into halftime.
The third quarter belonged to Richard Winn, as they continued to pile on the Hawks. The Lady Eagles outscored Ben Lippen 10-4 in the third quarter, and went into the fourth with a comfortable 31-18 lead.
Richard Winn continued the excellent play through the fourth quarter, even after the game was pretty much out of hand.
The Lady Eagles had nine offensive rebounds as opposed to Ben Lippen’s three. The Lady Hawks did shoot a better field goal percentage than Richard Winn, had more defensive rebounds and shot a better free throw percentage, but it was not enough.
“We’re a younger team this year, so we’re just focusing on everyone grasping the concepts of what we’re trying to do, and each night we get a chance to do that I think the younger ones are getting better and better,” Haltiwanger said.
The Lady Eagles took on the Whitmire Wolverines on Monday night at home. Results were not in by press time.
Whitmire went 2-11 last season, including two losses to Richard Winn. The Lady Eagles pummeled the Wolverines 63-7 and 64-18 in the two meetings.
Timothy Wooten is a mass communications major at Winthrop University. He is from Winnsboro.