Windham's girls basketball team goes ice cold in loss to Cornerstone Christian

By Colin Harris | Staff Writer Published:

Windham could not buy a shot Thursday evening and it would eventually cost the Bombers in a 57-54 loss to Willoughby Cornerstone Christian Academy in a Rootstown Division IV Sectional final.

The Bombers' Madi Kilgore sank a pair of foul shots with just 23.4 seconds remaining in regulation to cut CCA's lead to just 53-52. After CCA's Payton Buell sank the second of two foul shots on the other end to push the lead back out to two, Windham found itself with possession and a chance to tie -- or win the game.

After bringing the ball downcourt, the Bombers turned the ball over on an attempted feed into the post. From there, the Patriots were able to seal the game on a pair of trips to the foul line, and a Brittany Knight bucket with one second remaining did little more than cut into CCA's margin of victory.

As upsetting as the late game turnover was, the Bombers really lost the game from the field, shooting just 14-of-76 (18 percent) overall and an even worse 1-of-14 (7 percent) from beyond the arc.

Windham head coach Gregg Isler said that it was good fortune that his team even had a chance at victory as time expired.

"It's a miracle that we had a shot to win this game with one minute left," he said. "When you're shooting around 20 percent from the field, you're rolling the dice whether you can win a game."

Knight was the lone Bombers player to perform well from the field, scoring a team-high 18 points.

Knight also knocked down Windham's only 3-pointer of the night during a 14-point third-quarter effort by the Bombers.

Taking advantage of 25 team fouls by CCA players, the Bombers were able to stay in the game from the foul line. Windham shot 25-of-32 from the stripe -- including an 11-of-16 performance in the fourth quarter as Windham attempted to chip into CCA's lead.

A pair of freshman guards led the way for CCA. Buel finished with a game-high 21 points, including two 3-pointers, while fellow freshman Jordan Cloonan also finished in double figures with 17 points for the Patriots to go along with a team-high 11 rebounds.

The freshman duo was consistent all evening, scoring at least three points in all four quarters to pace their team. In the fourth quarter, the pair was a part of a 12-for-17 effort from the line that helped keep them ahead of Windham.

"Credit to (CCA) because they hit some big shots early and they knocked down enough foul shots down the stretch to win the game," Isler said.

Sophomore guard Jessica Isler finished with 14 points for the Bombers, including a 10-for-10 evening at the foul line. Sophomore forward Dari Heller finished with 10 points to go along with eight boards in the losing effort.

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