Monday, December 9, 2013
A few extra notes from Friday night’s game between Nokomis and Winslow:
• Winslow had the strangest team stat line I can ever remember seeing. Our box scores go field goals-free throws-points. Winslow’s line: 6-29-43! I can’t remember a team making six field goals in a game and winning before. The Black Raiders were 6 of 28 from the field.
• Winslow had 31 turnovers, but none in the overtime. Nokomis had 34 turnovers, including four in overtime. I thought Nokomis coach Kori Dionne brought up a great point about every possession being important. The Warriors threw the ball away with a chance to win and 10 seconds left in regulation, but they also threw it away with four seconds left in the first half, allowing Winslow to score at the buzzer off a lob pass.
“Down the stretch, they took care of the ball and made their foul shots,” Dionne said. “Down the stretch, we didn’t take care of the ball and didn’t make our foul shots. The first possession of the game is just as important as the last possession of the game. We had girls who turned the ball over and didn’t make their foul shots in the first two minutes of the game, and basketball’s a game of possessions. We just need to learn how to play the game for 32 minutes.”
• I was impressed with the enthusiasm of the fans on both sides. The Nokomis fans got into the game full force in the second half, so the Winslow fans stepped up and made a lot of noise. It made it a lot of fun to be at the game, and it’s always nice to see a community get behind its team.
Gary Hawkins has worked at the Kennebec Journal since 1980. His primary beats are baseball, boys basketball, girls and boys soccer and golf.