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
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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