Moving into the second round of regular season district opponents the Williston Red Devils took care of the Ft. White Indians 76-50. Following a slow and cold shooting first half on Tuesday Jan. 11.
The first half saw the Red Devils with a mere 11-8 lead as the first quarter ended. The cold shooting continued in the second quarter for the Red Devils as they were just 1 of 10 from the 3-point range the entire first half. It was the Red Devil defense that kept them in the game the entire first half. Holding a slim 21-20 lead with just over one minute remaining in the first half, the Red Devil defense turned 3 straight steals into 8 straight points for a 29-20 half time lead.
The Red Devils came out in the third quarter and the 3-point shots started to drop in and James Hunt and Tre Wilson took command of the boards with many rebounds. Senior James Monroe drained two straight 3-point baskets, and Paul King added another one as the Red Devils offense began to click. “We played a much better second half of basketball than we played in the first half,” said head coach Steve Faulkner following the game. “We finally started to play Williston basketball in the second half,” Faulkner continued.
Faulkner was talking about center James Hunt who ripped down rebound after rebound in the fourth quarter and took the ball to the hoop scoring 8 of his 10 points in the final quarter.
The Indians just seemed to run out of gas as the Red Devils continued to play every player through out the game. All but one Red Devil scored points in the game as they were led by Deterion Ross with 14 points, Monroe added 12 points and King ended with 9 points.
It’s hard for a Williston player to have large points per game as all 13 players see action and play through out the game. Milton Saunders led the Indians with 15 points.
The Red Devils moved to 4-1 in district play and will face Suwannee on Friday Jan. 14, at the Red Devil gym.
In earlier action Earl Brown (14 points) and David Heinkel (10 points led the Williston JV team to a 61-51 win over the Billy Whitney (16 points) led JV Indians.