WINNSBORO — The Richard Winn Academy girls’ basketball team continued to roll with two big wins this week, both by more than 30 points.
Jason Haltiwanger’s crew first took on the Whitmire Wolverines at home on Monday. The Eagles got on the board first, and did not look back.
The first quarter belonged to Richard Winn. They shut out the Wolverines, while they went on a 15-0 run.
Richard Winn’s defense was greedy, as it has been since the season began. Whitmire’s first score came three minutes into the second quarter, snapping Richard Winn’s 15-point streak.
The second quarter was somewhat more competitive, but the Eagles still outscored Whitmire 17-7 in the period.
Richard Winn came out of the half blazing. Alyssa Atkerson scored the first five points of the third, and collected four quick steals.
An Atkerson assist on the inside to Jaycie Johnson put them up 39-7, and solidified a seven-point run for the Eagles. Whitmire managed to get six points in the quarter, but a Hannah Gibbons three at the end of the period gave Richard Winn a 49-13 lead.
“I thought we did a pretty good job of getting the ball inside, and that’s what we want do this year, we want to play inside out. We wanted to go in to Jaycie as much as possible,” Haltiwanger said.
A defensive battle erupted in the fourth quarter and the teams only combined for six total points, but that was more than enough for Richard Winn to talk away with a 52-16 victory.
The Lady Eagles traveled to Johnston on Tuesday to play Wardlaw Academy in the second game of a back-to-back.
Travel or fatigue was not a factor for them. They outscored Wardlaw 26-2 in the first quarter, and did not slow down.
“We don’t mess around with excuses. At the end of the day there’s two rims, there’s a basketball. I don’t care who your opponent is, we’re trying to play as hard as we can. That’s kind of our philosophy. I don’t want to hear excuses,” Haltiwanger said of the effects of travel.
Wardlaw did not score in double digits in any one period, and were grossly outmatched by Richard Winn. The Lady Eagles left Johnston with the 61-17 win and their first regional victory of the season.
“The things I coach are controllable, which are your effort, your attitude, and being an unselfish teammate. Other than a few instances here or there, we’ve accomplished that so far,” Haltiwanger said.
The Lady Eagles host Ware Shoals on Dec. 4. Tip off is at 6 p.m.
Timothy Wooten is a mass communications major at Winthrop University. He is from Winnsboro.