Westminster held off Winters Mill 49-44 on Jan. 5, 2018 in Westminster
Westminster came out Friday night looking for a win against struggling Winters Mill.
Apparently not until after the third quarter.
The Owls shot 27 percent from the field through the first 24 minutes, but they used a run in the fourth quarter to take the lead for good en route to 49-44 victory over their city rivals.
“Coach (Brett Kanther) said, “Keep shooting even through we are missing,’” said Westminster junior guard Drue Giles, whose team outscored the visitors 18-12 in the final period. “We just kept shooting and attacking the rim and they started falling for us.”
Giles, Denio Blaney, and Joe Wright had 10 points each for the winners.
Winters Mill had two players in double figures — Nico Graham (13 points) and Devin Callahan (11) — but suffered its seventh consecutive loss.
Westminster (6-3, 3-1 county) took the lead for good in the middle of the fourth quarter. Wright’s hook shot gave the Owls a 39-38 advantage with 4:03 remaining and started a 7-1 run to boost their lead to 45-39.
Winters Mill (1-7, 0-4) got as close as 45-42 on Chandler Gentzel’s 3-pointer, but the Falcons struggled the rest of the way. They missed two shots, went 2-for-6 from the free throw line and committed two turnovers.
“That’s part of the learning curve,” Winters Mill coach Devon Lesniak said. “It’s just a matter of us playing for a full 32 minutes.”
Winters Mill also struggled to start the third quarter, committing two turnovers and missing its first three shots in the first two minutes. Westminster went ahead briefly during that stretch, 26-25, on a Javahn Showers free throw with 6:30 remaining.