By the time Noah Richardson knocked down a three-pointer in the final seconds Thursday, it was already too late for the Bulldogs.
St. Clair (1-7) struggled to get shots to fall through all night and as a result Windsor (4-6) was able to come away with a 43-37 victory on St. Clair’s courtwarming night.
Richardson was the only Bulldog with any success from beyond the arc, shooting 3-11. The team went 3-16 from three-point range and just 14-51 from the floor on the night.
“I know we didn’t score a lot of points, but I thought we ran a better zone offense than we have all year,” Head Coach Tim Isgrig said. “I thought we attacked them better, but their length on the back of it altered all of our shots inside. When we moved the ball, we got the ball into the high post and the short corner and we attacked them better. We just had a hard time finishing around the rim.”
The game started in a 10-10 deadlock after the end of the first quarter. However, the second period was where the Bulldogs’ shooting woes really started to surface as the team scored just four points and went into halftime down 19-14. Windsor built that lead up to 29-21 going into the final period.
“We have a few kids that can really shoot the ball,” Isgrig said. “We haven’t shot it great this year yet. I think as the year goes on, we’re going to get better and better from the outside.”
St. Clair hit the boards hard, coming away with 29 rebounds — 14 of which came on the offensive side of the court. The Bulldogs got plenty of second-chance opportunities, and sometimes third or fourth chances, but struggled to capitalize on those extra opportunities with points.
“Our defense was outstanding,” Isgrig said. “In the past, the kids have never really had to follow a scouting report. So, they’re getting better at that every night and we’re playing so incredibly hard. If we keep playing as hard as we are and we have to keep doing what we’re doing on that side and our offense will catch up to us.”
The team grabbed 13 total steals, creating its share of transition-scoring opportunities. However, those tended to not fall the Bulldogs’ way either.
“Defensively, we were making adjustments on the fly and they were picking them up,” Isgrig said. “We had numerous steals and transition opportunities, but I don’t know how many times it got blocked. It was quite a few.”
Richardson led the team in scoring with 15 points. He also tied for the team lead with five rebounds and recorded two steals and an assist.
Forwards Clay Banderman and Timmy Hoffman each finished with five rebounds as well. Banderman chipped in six points and Hoffman four. Banderman also posted two steals and an assist.
Mike Hughes put up four points with four rebounds and a steal.
Kamalei Bursey finished with three points, four rebounds and two assists.
Pepper Stark scored three and snatched a team high of four steals with four rebounds and two assists.
Tyler Stark rounded out the St. Clair scoring with two points, adding one rebound, two steals and one assist.
Jayce Decker recorded a rebound and a steal. Calvin Henry grabbed one steal.