WINNSBORO – The Richard Winn Academy Eagles have one more game before the winter break – this one on the road at Calhoun on Friday night – before coming back home for the Christmas Tournament.
The Eagles are hoping they can string together some wins after dropping their last two home games – first to Thomas Sumter Academy and then to Chesnee. They also lost on the road at Whitmire, 43-65.
“Thomas Sumter had great guard play and made it tough on getting into our defense. I just remind them it’s a long season and region play doesn’t start until January,” Coach Joe Pitt said of the Thomas Sumter loss.
The game against Chesnee was a little different for Pitt, because the opposing coach was none other than his son, Andy Pitt.
“Well my son coaches Chesnee, so I’m expecting changing defenses, and a quick tempo offense,” Pitt said going into the game.
The junior Pitt’s team jumped out to a 10-4 lead, and led the game by as much as 13 in the first half. The second half was not much kinder to Richard Winn.
Chesnee started out the third quarter by scoring the first six points, and pushed the lead to 35-16. They stretched the deficit out to as much as 17 points in the third quarter, but the Eagles fought back to within single digits.
Richard Winn got a solid night from Mitchell Gibbons who had 18 points, and Todd John who collected six rebounds, and dished out five assists. Their performances would not be enough as Chesnee kept extending the lead.
When the score board finally hit quadruple zeros Chesnee was the victor by a final score of 52-32.
Pitt said the game against his son was “lots of fun” and added that “bragging rights are his.” Though it has been a rough to start to their season, Pitt said one of their bright spots is the “young men are playing great team defense.”
The Eagles were at Ware Shoals on Monday night and are on the road Friday night to take on Calhoun. They will not be back at home until Dec. 28 and Dec. 29 for the Christmas Tournament.
Timothy Wooten is a mass communications major at Winthrop University. He is from Winnsboro.