By Sara Welch | Correspondent
Windham rolled over host Rootstown in an 80-45 victory Tuesday night, remaining undefeated in the PTC County Division and managing to keep the hope of back-to-back league titles alive.
"The league race is still up for grabs," Windham coach Marty Hill said. "Mogadore is only one game back. I think they beat Woodridge tonight (65-44 victory for the Wildcats) and Southeast is right there. At this stage of the season you want compete for the league championship, which we are. However, we've got to keep playing well."
Windham (15-1 overall, 10-0 PTC County) raced out to an early lead, leaving Rootstown to face a 22-9 deficit by the end of the first quarter. Before halftime, the Bombers extended their lead to 32 points.
While their offense flourished as it always does, the Bombers' defense showed no weaknesses either. As a team, the Bombers were able to snag 24 steals. Windham's Cameron Pozsgai led his team with eight steals, nearly clearing a triple-double as he contributed 10 rebounds and 14 points as well.
"We usually have a lot of steals," Hill said. "We play a lot of full-court pressure and score a lot of points as a result of our defense. It's not always over 20, but we usually have double figures in steals."
Windham was almost perfect from the foul line as well, finishing the game 18-of-20.
"We're shooting about 73 percent and that's pretty good for high school," Hill said of his team's free-throw shooting average for the season. "We have pretty good shooters behind the foul line."
Windham's Jared Taylor went 6-of-6 from the charity stripe and compiled 12 points for the night. Matt Knight was also perfect at the line, going 4-of-4, and led his team as the high scorer with 18 points. Parker Rickey added 14 points and Jonah Konzen had 10.
"They all played so well," Hill said. "I thought Jonah Konzen played pretty good off the bench. Matt Knight and Cameron Pozsgai had a good game. It's hard to single them out because they all played a good game. Parker Rickey played well also.
"As long as they play unselfish like that and play hard, we're in good shape. They did that tonight."
Even Ferrell led the Rovers with 23 points and sank all five of his team's 3-pointers on the night.
"We played a younger team that's been struggling a little bit and we have a veteran team, so that's a tough game for them," Hill said of the Rovers, who fell to 0-16 overall and 0-10 in the County Division. "I thought our kids did a good job of sharing the basketball and they played good defense. We got everyone a chance to play in the game. Sometimes in a game like this you've got to worry about people being selfish, and I thought everyone played unselfish.
"We have to keep playing hard and get ready for the next game. We did that for like three quarters and then got everyone a chance to play."