WINNSBORO — In their first taste of action of the New Year, the Richard Winn Academy Eagles dropped a tough game to Providence Homeschool.
This one was a close contest for much of the game. The two teams stayed neck and neck in the first half, and Richard Winn went into the locker room up 16-15.
In the third quarter, the Eagles extended the lead to six, their largest of the game. However, by the end of the third period, Providence was leading by seven.
“We seemed to be in control of the first half and half of the third quarter, but we struggled scoring the ball and they hit some big shots in the fourth quarter,” Coach Joe Pitt said of the two halves.
Richard Winn did not get any closer than eight points coming down the final stretch of the game. Providence made a pair of free throws to seal the 51-40 victory.
The loss dropped the Eagle’s record to 2-7 with nine games left in the season, all of which are region games.
The Eagles will now play a stretch of difficult road games before they return to play in front of their home crowd.
“We do move into a tough three-game road stretch but we have had some good practices this week,” Pitt said. “I feel like we are getting better but we need to shoot a higher percentage, we have to fight through when calls don’t go our way, and learn to play with mental toughness and a positive attitude.”
They dropped the first of those games, 74-42, to Anderson Christian. They now play at Laurens Academy and at Newberry Academy before returning home on Jan. 19.
Timothy Wooten is a mass communications major at Winthrop University. He is from Winnsboro.