Litts hits 1K in WLC win
WILTON – Jordan Litts knew he was close to a milestone Thursday night, but didn’t want it to consume him when the Wilton-Lyndeborough High School boys basketball team took the floor against Hinsdale.
It took the senior almost half of the first quarter to attempt a shot, and Litts didn’t score his first points until midway through the frame. But with the Warriors up by 15 points going into the second, he took over.
Litts scored 21 of his game-high 28 points in the second quarter, including the thousandth of his career, and WLC ended the regular-season with a 90-39 win over Hinsdale.
The win gives the Warriors a 14-4 record, tied for fourth in Division IV with Colebrook. Regardless of tiebreakers, WLC will host its first tournament game since 2008 on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
“It’s huge,” WLC coach Ken Garnham said of hosting a playoff game. “The school, basketball-wise, has been down. We think we’ve turned it around. It’s the first time in a long time to be a hunter instead of the hunted.”
Ty Carrier added 19 points for the Warriors and Trey Carrier was also in double figures with 14, as WLC made 10 3-pointers as a team and scored 38 points in the second quarter to take a 57-20 lead at halftime.
Litts’ thousandth point looked like it came with 1:37 left in the first half, when he drove to the basket and drew contact. But the officials ruled the play an offensive foul, taking away the basket.
A few possessions later, Litts hit a jumper from the left wing and the game was stopped with 38 seconds remaining in the half to honor the milestone.
“It’s really humbling to know that I could do that,” Litts said. “The amount of work I put in, the results show, I guess. If you work your hardest, good things will come out of it.
“(Garnham said) ‘don’t let the thousand points be the only thing on your mind. When you go out there, take care of the team first. Get the W as quick as we can and worked to the goal then. I’m more of a team player and the individual stats don’t mean as much to me.”
It took Litts, whose family moved to Wilton from Texas near the end of his sophomore year, just two years to become the ninth player in school history to reach a thousand points. More than half those points came in his junior year.
“To score that in two seasons, it’s not easy,” Garnham said. “It usually takes three or four, but he had a huge year last year. That laid the foundation for this year.
“We knew that Jordan was close to a thousand, but we didn’t want to do anything special, just let the game come to him. He did it early on, so I was thankful for that. We wanted to work on some stuff for the tournament, and I thought that was valuable for us. We’re ready for the next step.”