“Playing a lot of tougher opponents has paid off a whole lot more than the losses,” head coach Sheroderick Smith said. “We’ve just got to keep building on what we have going on and go from there.”
The team led 17-16 following the first half of play.
The team had a 7-0 run with clutch baskets from Jasmine Richardson and a 3-point shot by Morgan Merritt. The team had carried a 7-point lead late in the fourth quarter. Dadeville was able to hit two 3-point shots to cut the Winterboro lead down to one point. Richardson was able to get to the free throw line and knock down clutch free throws to give the team the win.
“Jasmine Richardson had a real big game for us,” Smith said. “She only committed one foul the entire game, which is always good. Morgan (Merritt) secured three rebounds for us too in the fourth quarter. This was one of her best rebounding games.”
Richardson has demonstrated strong vocal leadership this season, something Smith hopes will channel positive energy for the team.
“They have to understand: when there is somebody like Jasmine, recognize when she gives them props when they do something right, just because she’s kind of sort of getting on to our team about things they need to be doing better because they can,” Smith explained. “They need to take that as constructive. I am happy that she’s being way more vocal than she’s ever been.”
Richardson finished the game with a team-high 22 points and seven rebounds. Morgan Merritt contributed six points.
The win improved the team’s overall record to 3-3 with the team having played a 6A opponent, as well as multiple 4A opponents.
“We’ve just got to keep watching film and go back to the drawing board about some things,” Smith said. “We’ve got some things we need to work on.”
Winterboro plays Westminster School at Oak Mountain Tuesday with tipoff set for 6 p.m. Their next home game is Friday against B.B. Comer with tipoff at 6 p.m.