Girls basketball: Windsor rallies to defeat short-handed Casa Grande, 46-39


WINDSOR — Jessica Barbosa, the tallest player on the court, had her highest scoring game of the season Tuesday night as the Jaguars rallied to defeat short-handed Casa Grande, 46-39, in an NBL match-up.

The 6-foot-1 senior had 24 points, including all eight of her team’s points in the first quarter. As it turned out, Windsor needed a big night from Barbosa because the six Gauchos that suited up gave an inspired effort.

Unable to play were: Kayla Ryan (swollen eye), Molly Lund-quist (sprained ankle) and Grace Arancio (flu).

“We almost had to go with five,” Casa coach Dan Sack said. “Sara Langdon was sick and we didn’t know if she’d be able to play. Luckily she recovered a little bit but I only used her sparingly.”

Until late in the third quarter, it looked like the Gauchos might spring a surprise. They led 12-8 after one quarter and 22-20 at halftime.

Windsor caught up midway through the third quarter and took the lead, 27-24, on Kerianne Noonan’s 3-pointer.

Angela Llaverias then came right back down the court and swished a shot for Casa.

The Jaguars took the lead for good, 34-31, on a 3-pointer by Andrea Flinn with six minutes remaining. The senior’s basket started a 9-0 run. The other six points were scored by Barbosa.

Late in the game it seemed that the Casa players were fatigued.

“I praise my players,” Sack said. “They were warriors. I couldn’t be more proud of the fight they showed.”

While Windsor coach Jeff Paul was happy with the win, he felt his team’s offense wasn’t up to par.

“The last few games we’ve had a tough time putting the ball in the bucket. Our defense was fine, but we had trouble scoring until the fourth quarter,” he said.

“We had a good pre-season, but our offense in league hasn’t been as good as it should be.”

The Jaguars are 3-1 in the NBL. They scored 45 in a win over Maria Carrillo and 61 against Rancho Cotate. They wound up with 37 points in a loss to Santa Rosa.

Overall, Windsor is 12-3.

While Barbosa led the way, Flinn finished with 11 points and Kerianne Noonan had six.

Llaverias was the high scorer for Casa with 12. Brooke Santander had 11. Cassidy McKinney finished with nine on a trio of 3-point goals.

The Gauchos are 7-6 overall and 1-2 in league.

“Hopefully, we’ll get a player or two back real soon,” Sack said. “We have a game against Ukiah on Thursday, and then we go to Rancho Cotate the next night.”

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