Windward Girls' Basketball Season Ends

Team falls short of state title goal

Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014, 7:37:00 AM

Jevone Moore

UCLA-bound Jordin Canada led Windward with 23 points. It was not enough to help Windward. Windward lost to Etiwanda 49-48,
Jevone Moore
UCLA-bound Jordin Canada led Windward with 23 points. It was not enough to help Windward. Windward lost to Etiwanda 49-48,

The top girls’ team in the land was one game away from the regional

finals before Windward hit an Eagle road block. Etiwanda slipped past

Windward 49-48, with good defense and an attacking offense that wouldn’t

back down. USC-bound power forward Amy Okonkwo lead Eitwanda with 21

strong points.

The number one ranked Windward Wildcats were considered to be a

sho0-in to represent the South in the state finals but UCLA bound Jordin

Canada’s 23 points was not enough tonight. Canada’s squad was in a

battle right from the opening tip; they trailed at the end of every

quarter: 14-16, 24-29, and 37-42. Windward fought hard late in the

fourth quarter and mounted a comeback that came up just short.

Etiwanda head coach Anders Anderson gave a big sigh of relief after

the game. Anderson said, “It took four girls to guard her (Canada) and

10 fouls…great team effort.” The Eagles controlled the game as much as

they could and slowed down Canada’s support staff.

Okonkwo gained confidence earlier in the game when she realized she

had a faster step then Windward’s front court. Her drop step was money

and she fearlessly pounded the glass. Then the court was opened up for

point guard Mckyniz Fort to go work dropping 18 points. Then the subs

from the bench kept coming to allow for fresh legs throughout the game

for the Eagles.

The last seconds of the game were nerve-racking. Windward let the

shot clock run out, Etiwanda turned over the ball on the throw in, and

in last sequence of play with 6.2 seconds left on clock, Canada took a

last jumper from the wing that went long, bouncing off the rim. 

The clock buzzed with the game clock at zero and the Etiwanda bench ran towards players on the court for a big embrace.

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