Friday night’s double overtime win against Clarke Central on the road by Winder-Barrow High School allowed those in attendance to get their money’s worth.
The win improved coach Eli Connell’s team to 13-5 overall and 3-1 in subregion play. WBHS, which was set to play Habersham Central Tuesday night, has had plenty of nerve-wrecking games this season. “Friday’s game had so many big moments, both positive and negative,” Connell said. “It was emotionally draining. They made some big plays and we made some big plays. It was a roller coaster throughout. With a little bit of luck, we got out of there with a win which is all that matters I guess.”
The win, and game itself, was so draining Connell decided to take a weekend trip to Lake Hartwell to recharge his batteries. He was back in town late Sunday making prepartions for Monday’s practice session which would be held earlier in the day than normal due to the school holiday. The Bulldoggs did not play Saturday, something Connell said his team needed, and would go back to work Monday.
Already with 13 wins under its belt, WBHS has benefited from a team effort. Connell said he is getting contributions from up and down the lineup and is hopeful that can continue.
Shun Thurmond, who scored 17 points against Clarke Central Friday, continues to be a key contributer. Connell said Jodd Maxey has played at a “high level” all season.
Sophomore Alonzo Nelson is contributing valuable minutes and D.J. Butler has proven to be a player Connell said the Bulldoggs can’t afford to have off the floor.
Contributions from Henry Maxey, Jamias Davis, Terrell Evans and Bubba Bradley have also sparked the team’s 3-1 subregion mark going into this week’s action.
Like most coaches Connell looks at his team’s 3-1 subregion mark and sees room for improvement.
“The one loss (to Apalachee) still eats at me,” the coach said. “It’s one we feel got away. Sometimes it’s tough to get over it.”