Windsor — The Yellow Jackets are on a roll after getting past the hot outside shooting of Woodstock Thursday in a crucial game for Windsor on senior night.
Caleb Meagher is Windsor’s lone senior and he led the team onto the court one last time before being recognized with his family before the game to a huge ovation from the Windsor faithful.
The three point line was Woodstock’s best weapon as they ended the night draining 13 shots from beyond the arc that kept the Wasps in the game all night. Meagher’s hoop gave Windsor a 9-8 lead early but with 4 three pointers in the first quarter, Windsor needed to hit more hoops just to stay ahead. 6 different Yellow Jackets would score in the first 8 minutes with good ball movement and strong rebounding especially from Owen Abrahamsen early. The 18-14 Windsor lead would grow a bit into the break as Ben Gilbert and Jordan Place knocked down shots from outside to give the home town team a 33-27 lead at the half.
“We had a tough game at Woodstock and we knew they could shoot but we kept our composure and played our game tonight,” said Meagher.
Windsor opened the half with a 5-0 run but Woodstock kept throwing up three’s that found the mark and Manny Pacheo’s bucket tied the game 45-45 with 2:00 left in the third. With the Windsor student section decked in white tonight, they became very loud as the yellow Jackets tore off a 9-0 run behind an ally-oop to Abrahamsen, a breakaway hoop and foul off the finger tips of John Cook and a hoop from Meagher. Windsor would watch Cyrus Harkin’s drill another three as the quarter ended with Windsor up 55-48.
“We let them hang around tonight but tightened up defensively when we needed to” said Windsor head coach Harry Ladue after the game.
Woodstock would slice into the lead a bit but the Yellow Jackets really pounded the boards and went to the foul line 15 times in the final 8 minutes but only connected on 5 of them. An Abrahamsen tip-in and a Place 15 footer pushed the lead back up to 61-53. Caden Lockwood would sew things up with back to back hoops for Windsor and the 8-1 Woodstock explosion in the final few seconds kept the score close for the final 70-67 score.
“Things are going good but we have three tough games on the road and hopefully we can steal one as we head into the playoffs,” said Ladue.
Abrahamsen led Windsor with 19 points while Place and Cook finished with 12 and 11 points each. Harrison Morse led all scores with 20 points and Harkins finished with 11 of his own for Woodstock.
The Yellow Jackets(5-11) will be on the road for their final 3 games starting on Saturday at Hartford(7-10). They will travel to Springfield(5-11) on Tuesday then finish up at Mill River(12-4) next Friday.