Matthew Jonas
Frederick’s Jayden McGraw fights through the Windsor defense during the Warriors’ 57-41 loss on Tuesday.

FREDERICK — Based on the clubs’ previous meeting, the Frederick boys basketball team was expecting a rugged, physical outing against Windsor on Tuesday.

In fact, so certain was Warriors head coach Larry Frank about the grudge match his squad was about to enter into, he wrote just one word on the pregame chalkboard: composure.

Unfortunately, that was exactly the one thing the Warriors were lacking during the second half, as defending Class 4A runner-up Windsor outscored Frederick 17-4 in the third quarter to hand the Warriors a 57-41 defeat.

With third place already locked up in the Tri-Valley League, Frederick likely will still receive a postseason bid when the state tournament brackets are released Sunday regardless of the Warriors’ result Thursday in their regular season finale against Roosevelt.

“It was a physical game the first time we played them and we knew it was going to be the same,” Frank said. “We just showed our youth and immaturity. We missed some layups, let it get us down, and let it affect the rest of our game. That pretty much boils down to what it was.”

Frederick (11-11, 8-5 Tri-Valley League) managed to build a 22-19 halftime lead, but ominous signs already were prevalent.

The Warriors committed six turnovers during the first quarter, failing to take advantage of a slow start by the Wizards. Two of Frederick’s top three scorers, Nathan Harrison and Ryan Miller, combined for just one field goal during the first half before finishing with a total of nine points. And Frederick wasted another opportunity to pad its lead by going 3 for 10 at the free throw line in the second quarter, a trend that would haunt the Warriors throughout the contest.

“It’s definitely a lack of composure,” Frederick guard Lucas Adams said. “We had a good first half, but it’s hard to not do the little things against these good teams. They ran away with the ballgame because of some mental issues.”

Windsor (16-5, 11-2) used its dominant second half to showcase why it is the defending 4A state runner-up and the youthful Warriors still are learning to function under pressure. While Frederick went a woeful 9 for 23 at the free-throw line, Windsor went 21 for 31, which included a 14-for-17 mark in the second half.

Frederick also managed only 33 points during a loss Monday at No. 1-ranked Sterling. However, the two-day, two-game slide against the Tri-Valley frontrunners comes on the heels of a stretch in which the Warriors posted nine wins in 10 games.

“We played probably our best game the last time we played (Roosevelt) and they’re going to want a little payback,” Frank said. “The momentum we had, we’ve got to get it back going into the state tournament.”

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Windsor 57, Frederick 41

At Frederick HS

WINDSOR (16-5, 11-2)

Merkey 0 4-6 4, Spykstra 3 4-5 10, Martin 2 0-0 4, Schmidt 2 10-15 15, Baldwin 5 1-2 12, Watts 3 2-2 8, Walker 2 0-1 4, Ochsner 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 21-31 57.

FREDERICK (11-11, 8-5)

Adams 2 6-9 10, Hall 1 1-2 3, Harrison 3 0-1 7, Mulvin 1 0-2 2, Miller 1 0-0 2, Martinez 1 0-4 2, McGraw 5 1-1 11, Gomez 1 0-0 3, Broz 0 0-0 0, Burgess 0 1-4 1, Wise 0 0-0 0, Dill 0 0-0 0. 15 Total 9-23 41.

Score by quarters:

Windsor 9 10 17 21 — 57

Frederick 6 16 4 15 — 41

3-point field goals — Windsor (1): Schmidt; Frederick (2): Gomez, Harrison. Total fouls — Windsor 24, Frederick 25. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — None.