With just less than a second remaining and his team leading 44-41 on Thursday night, Latrell Winkey, the diminutive 5’7 point guard for the junior varsity Lions team, walked to the free throw line with one thought in his mind. He had already sank three of his previous four free throws in the past minute of play.
“All I was thinking was, ‘Let me just put the icing on the cake and win this game,’” Winkey said.
Victory is a sweet taste. Winkey swished both free throws, and Louisa enjoyed the spoils of a 46-41 win over archrival Orange County.
The win gave Louisa its third in the team’s previous four games. After starting the season 1-8, the victory put Louisa’s record at 4-11, and the Lions have found themselves in the midst of an unexpected hot streak despite Mother Nature’s frigid temperatures trying to say otherwise.
“It’s just been about going out there and having fun,” head coach Josh Barnard said. “At the end of the day, you’ve got to have fun playing the game of basketball … We’ve started to have a lot of fun lately. For some reason, this whole thing with not having school, we’ve played a lot better, which is frightening!”
The Lions performance against Orange gave a fitting demonstration of the benefits of Barnard’s less-practice, better-play theory. Louisa took a 24-21 lead into halftime against the Fighting Hornets, and guard Jordan Cherry led the team’s second half charge out of the locker room with a quick three-pointer to start the third quarter. Orange pulled within two points of Louisa with less than a minute left in the third, but Winkey hit a long-range three to give the Lions a 32-27 lead heading into the final quarter.
To read the entire story, see the Feb. 6 edition of The Central Virginian.