ALBANY — The hustle, intensity and focus were all there Friday night for the Deerfield-Windsor Knights.
Those ingredients produced an early run and a fast start, which culminated in a 79-52 home blowout over the Westfield Hornets.
“We thought we could pressure the guards and cause some turnovers, which we did, and we got the tempo at our pace,” Deerfield head coach Gordy Gruhl said. “I’ve got 10 guys I can put in the game that I think will contribute, and I thought our depth would wear them down, and it did.”
Chap Ivey’s activity in the passing lanes got the Knights (4-1) rolling as he managed to force several early turnovers. When he wasn’t taking the ball away from the Hornets (2-2) to get his team out in transition, Justin Eady and Christian Wallace were knocking down shots from inside and out in the Knights’ half court set.
“It’s definitely a group effort, everybody rotates over, and we get ball movement on the offensive end,” said Ivey, who finished with 11 points and six steals. “We change our defense into offense, but, ultimately, it’s five guys working together.”
The Hornets, who trailed by double digits for most of the game, never trimmed the lead enough to make things interesting.
“We committed a lot of turnovers, particularly in the first half, and give them credit because they forced them,” Westfield head coach Jake Walls said. “They made us play on our heels and they were the more aggressive team. They attacked us, and we never had that mentality on offense to match them.”
The Knights have now won three straight games.
“This win gives us momentum as we get ready for Glenwood, which we know will be a tough game,” said Wallace, who led the way for both teams with 18 points.
Eady finished with 12 points, Ryan Toole scored 10 points and Austin Fallow contributed nine points.
“We’re still feeling our way through this; I got a lot of guys who are just learning how to play together,” Gruhl said. “We put a lot of points up against a pretty good team, but it’s a slow process and we have a long way to go before we get to where we want.”
The Hornets were led by Giles Amos with 10 points, while Micah Moore and Ryan Fitzpatrick each scored nine points.
WESTFIELD GIRLS 57, DEERFIELD 51: Knotted 23-23 at halftime, it was anyone’s game to win in the second half between the Deerfield Windsor Lady Knights and Westfield Lady Hornets.
Westfield began to pull away in the final quarter, going up by as many as 10 points, but Deerfield fought its way back in the last four minutes of the game, tying the score at 51-51.
But the Lady Knights got no further as the Lady Hornets ran off six more points to edge out Deerfield on the road Friday night.
The loss drops the Lady Knights one game below .500 at 3-4.
Jordan Lane, who had a game-high 18 points, continues to improve at a rapid pace for the Lady Knights, earning most of her points inside the paint. Nyla Perry scored 13 points before fouling out, and Libby Greene added four points.
Kalelyn Moseley and Sydney Ledford came up big for the Lady Hornets, scoring 16 and 15 points, respectively. Unique Tuberville finished with eight points and Chelsea Whatley had seven points.