WINNSBORO — Richard Winn Academy’s boys basketball team took the court twice this week, facing Whitmire on Monday, then regional foe Wardlaw Academy on Tuesday.
The Eagles looked to rebound Monday against Whitmire after a big loss to Ben Lippen the last time they were on the court.
Richard Winn started out much better, scoring the first four points of the game. Whitmire quickly tied it up on an easy fast-break opportunity.
The Wolverines collected an offensive rebound, and scored the put-back to take their first lead of the game. A Bryant Carvalho three-pointer made sure that lead did not last long, as the Eagles battled back ahead, 7-6.
Head coach Joe Pitt said his team was a “little more at ease” instead of struggling with “first game jitters.”
The lead would not last long, as Whitmire collected another offensive rebound, and converted that into another basket to take the lead away.
Richard Winn gave up a couple of easy buckets on the inside, and fell into a 16-9 hole at the end of first period.
John Coleman started the second with a steal and a basket. The Eagles could not capitalize as Whitmire sunk a three-pointer from the corner.
The Eagles gave up two more threes, and quickly found themselves down by double digits. They attempted to battle back, but Whitmire continued to crash the offensive boards, and ended the first half with a comfortable 31-19 lead.
The Wolverines started the second half much in the same way the first half ended. At one point in the third period, Whitmire’s lead climbed to 16 points.
A 16-point lead was still not enough to dampen the Eagles fight. They clawed back into the game, and cut the lead down to eight going into the fourth.
The two teams traded three-pointers to start the fourth quarter, and Whitmire’s lead dropped to seven points. A Carvalho steal and score brought Richard Winn within four, but the Wolverines extended the lead back.
A couple of missed three-pointers and missed free throws cost Richard Winn the game. Whitmire hung on for the 56-51 victory.
“We need to hit our free throws, play better transition defense, and attack the rim on offense,” Pitt said on the team’s performance.
Things did not get much better for them as they traveled to Johnston on Tuesday to take on Wardlaw Academy in their first regional match of the season.
Richard Winn managed to keep the game close behind Mitchell Gibbon’s 24 points and 13 rebounds. It just was not enough as the Eagles dropped their third straight, 57-49.
The Eagles are back at home Dec. 4 to take on Ware Shoals. Tip off is at 7:30 p.m., right after the girl’s game.
Timothy Wooten is a mass communications major at Winthrop University. He is from Winnsboro.