NBL girls basketball: Windsor pulls away from Montgomery

By HOWARD SENZELL
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

WINDSOR — Point guard Kerianne Noonan and teammate Jessica Barbosa nearly combined to outscore visiting Montgomery as the Jaguars captured Wednesday night’s North Bay League contest, 39-32.

Noonan finished with a game-high 15 points, one more than center Barbosa.

The duo did most of their damage in the third quarter. Shortly after the Vikings took a 17-16 lead, Barbosa and Noonan each scored five points as Windsor reeled off 10 in a row.

For good measure, Barbosa finished off the period by scoring five straight in the final minute. That gave the Jaguars a 10-point advantage and Montgomery couldn’t get closer than six in the fourth.

Noonan said it was by design Barbosa became so involved in the second half.

“Coach (Jeff Paul) talked with us at halftime about how we needed to take advantage of Jessica’s height. I was successfully driving to the basket and feeding the ball to her, and other times she scored on putbacks.”

Barbosa, who is 6-feet-1, was the tallest player on either team.

“We didn’t consistently get the ball into Barbosa in the first half and we didn’t shoot that well,” Paul said. “Noonan shooting from the outside or driving to the basket with Barbosa underneath gives us two weapons. That was the key.”

The game was close in the first half with Windsor leading 13-10 at intermission.

“It’s been the story of our season,” Paul said. “We go through stretches where we shoot a low percentage and then find a surge. We did it in this game and then held on in the fourth quarter.”

Montgomery didn’t land a player in double figures. Niambi Saint Louis led the offense with eight points and Madison Nordby and Destiny Grayer had five each.

“We couldn’t get our rhythm on offense,” coach Steve Bell said. “We had our opportunities but couldn’t put the ball in the basket often enough.

“As it’s been in every game, I’m proud of the effort the girls gave.”

It was senior night and the nine 12th-graders on Windsor’s roster were honored before the game.

The Jaguars are 18-5 and 8-3 in league. Montgomery is now 12-11 and 5-6.

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