FREDERICK -- The writing was on the wall rather quickly for the Frederick girls basketball team Saturday night.
It took only 5 seconds after the Warriors tipped off their Tri-Valley League schedule against Windsor for the visiting Wizards to produce their first basket on a 3-pointer. Frederick's ensuing first possession resulted in a turnover and another basket for Windsor, and things only got worse for Frederick thereafter as Windsor cruised to a 64-35 win in the conference opener for both teams.
"I think when we came out we didn't match Windsor's intensity," Frederick senior Mackenzie Urban said. "We couldn't handle their pressure and had too many turnovers to start the game. We definitely need to come out with better intensity next time. If we're playing good teams and they get that kind of head start on us, we're not going to be able to catch up."
Frederick coach Roger Dufour noted that his Warriors started slowly in their first game after the holiday break Friday against Niwot, although Frederick was able to put together a strong fourth quarter to come away with a victory.
It was a different story Saturday against Windsor, which dominated physically and took advantage of Frederick's first-half turnover woes to quickly build an insurmountable lead. The Wizards raced to an 11-1 advantage and held Frederick without a field goal until almost 6 minutes had passed.
Windsor (7-3) led 18-4 at the end of the first quarter and 39-14 at halftime, building its biggest lead at 32 points early in the fourth quarter. The Warriors committed eight turnovers in each of the first two quarters and were dominated on the boards, with Windsor finishing with six putback baskets. Frederick's early hole easily could have been worse if not for a 1 for 10 performance by the Wizards at the free throw line during the opening frame.
"Windsor created that pace and they were very physical," Dufour said. "We didn't match their intensity to start with. We knew they were going to come out and try to full-court press us and we just fell behind way too quick.
"We didn't have our legs the first half against Niwot, but we got our second wind. I predict Windsor will be the top team in our league, and this was actually our first true test against a really good team."
Dufour was encouraged by the fight the Warriors displayed after intermission, as Windsor, with many of its starters still playing deep into the fourth quarter, outscored the hosts by only a 25-21 margin over the final two quarters. Frederick (5-3) will need to correct is sudden penchant for slow starts before another key league tilt at home Tuesday against Mead.
"You look at the scoreboard and it doesn't look like a very close game, but I thought we came out and matched their intensity in the second half," Dufour said. "I like the way that we finished. I predict (Windsor) to be the No. 1 team in the league, and Mead is going to be right up there with them. We're going to be tested right away."
Eleven different players scored points for Windsor, led by a 19-point, 15-rebound effort from sophomore Brooke Pemberton. Urban paced the Warriors with 11 points.
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Windsor 64, Frederick 35
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WINDSOR (7-3, 1-0)
Young 2 0-0 4, M. Griggs 0 1-4 1, Manicone 3 0-3 7, Ukasick 4 0-2 9, Pemberton 8 3-6 19, S. Griggs 3 2-5 9, Harris 1 0-0 2, Ruff 1 0-0 2, Hilim 3 0-0 6, Ward 1 0-0 2, Thornton 1 1-1 3. Totals 27 7-21 64.
FREDERICK (5-3, 0-1)
Worley 4 0-1 8, Dufour 0 0-0 0, Neu 3 3-4 9, Urban 4 1-6 11, Reid 1 4-7 7, Sleeth 0 0-0 0, DiGesualdo 0 0-0 0, Haas 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 8-18 35.
Score by quarters:
Windsor 18 21 13 12 -- 64
Frederick 4 10 10 11 -- 35
3-point field goals -- Windsor (3): Ukasick, S. Griggs, Manicone; Frederick (3): Urban 2, Reid. Total fouls -- Windsor 18, Frederick 19.