Colts fall to Winona Christian 61-45, season comes to an end
By Josh Troy
Lee Academy fell into a 13-point deficit in the opening minute of the second quarter, played from behind nearly all night, and it proved costly. The Colts basketball season came to an end with a 61-45 loss to Winona Christian in the MAIS Class 4A North State tournament at Lee on Thursday night. Lee came into the tournament as the No. 3 seed in Region 1-4A, while the Stars came in as the No. 2 seed in Region 2-4A.
The Colts took a 5-3 lead with 6:26 remaining in the first quarter on a Montavian Artis field goal to open the game and a William Walker free throw with 7:04 remaining in the opening quarter, a 2-pointer at the 6:26 mark. Winona Christian came back with 15 unanswered points to take an 18-7 lead with 7:54 remaining in the first half. The Stars led 16-5 at the end of the first quarter. Lee trailed for the remainder of the night, but did manage to put some runs together.
The Colts scored 5 unanswered points to cut the Stars’ lead to 38-20 with 1:13 remaining in the first half. Bryan Ray connected on a 3-pointer to open the run, and Walker followed with a 2-pointer. Walker was fouled on his basket, but missed the free throw. Winona Christian was called for 13 fouls in the first half, while Lee had just eight. Three Stars were called for three fouls in the first half, while no Colts had more than two fouls during the first two quarters.
Artis and Jonathan Redwine had two fouls each for Lee at halftime.
The Colts attempted to take advantage of the Stars’ foul trouble in the second half.
Walker scored Lee’s first 4 points of the third quarter to cut Winona Christian’s lead to 40-25. Winona Christian extended its lead to 46-25 with 4:21 remaining in the third quarter, but Walker answered from the outside. He connected on 3-pointers with 4:08 and 31 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Winona Christian outscored Lee 13-12 during the third quarter. Walker scored all 12 of Lee’s points during the period.
Lee trailed 53-33 at the end of the third quarter. However, the Colts scored the first 9 points of the fourth quarter unanswered to cut the lead to 53-42. Redwine scored 6 of the Colts’ points during the 9-0 run; Walker added 2, and Brooks Lewis contributed 1. The Stars came back with 8 unanswered points of their own to extend the lead back to 19 at 61-42.
fouled out, while Walker and Redwine finished the game with three fouls each. The rest of the Colts had two fouls or fewer, and three Stars finished the contest with three fouls each, while two committed four fouls apiece.
Walker led the Colts with 26 points, including three, 3-pointers in the second half; Ray scored 7 points with all of them coming in the second quarter; Redwine scored 6 points, all coming in the fourth quarter, Artis contributed 5 points, and Lewis added 1 point.