Windward holds off La Verne Lutheran

In a battle of defending state champions, Windward upset nationally-ranked La Verne Lutheran, 64-62, Tuesday night behind LMU-bound forward Nicholas Stover's 27 points.

Windward point guard Jordan Wilson sank a three to give his team a nine-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, and the Wildcats (3-3) extended their lead to as many as 13 before the Trojans (5-1) stormed back.

It was somewhat of a surprising result, given that Windward had already lost to Oaks Christian, Price and Santa Monica. La Verne Lutheran was ranked No. 46 in the POWERADE ESPNHS Fab 50 rankings heading into the game.

Regardless, each squad is a serious contender for the CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA crown, and this figures to be a learning experience for both.