After falling behind 14-8 after one quarter, the West Middle School boys rallied, notching a 51-38 home victory over South on Thursday night.
With the win in hand, the Bobcats improved to 5-0 on the season. After the Trojans grabbed the early advantage, West Boys Head Coach Frank Cole said he liked the way that his team answered back.
“This was the first team which really came out and hit us in the mouth,” Cole said. “I was pleased with the way the guys responded.”
Down 14-8 after the first quarter, West answered with 22 points in the second quarter. While the Bobcats’ offense got going, their defense shut down South in the second quarter, holding the Trojans to four points in the period, taking a 30-18 halftime advantage.
Keinen Johnson led West with six points in the second quarter, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers. Jacob Dixon added four points on his own, while Justus Chadwick hit a 3 of his own. Joseph Duncan added three points, while Krys Uselton, Ragan Tomlin and Mays Snipes added a basket apiece.
South was able to cut into its deficit in the third quarter, narrowing the score to 38-29 entering the final period of play. However, West answered with 13 points in the fourth quarter to secure the 51-38 victory.
Snipes put up six points in the final quarter to lead the Bobcats. Uselton added five points in the period, while Duncan scored two points.
Duncan and Uselton led West in scoring on the night, each putting up 13 points in the victory. Snipes added eight points of his own, while Dixon and Johnson each scored six points. Chadwick scored three points and Tomlin added two points.
On the girls end, West stifled South’s offense, limiting the Lady Trojans to just six first-half points, as the Lady Bobcats went on to dominate in the 39-15 victory.
West (3-2) limited South to just two points in the first quarter and allowed just four in the second period, taking a 19-6 advantage into halftime. Olivia Swain did the bulk of the first-half damage for the Lady Bobcats, putting up all six of her points in the first quarter.
Liv Bowen added four points of her own in the first two quarters. Lucy Nutt and Morgan Carr each knocked down a 3-pointer of their own. Nia Sheffield scored two points and Baylee Buchanan added a free throw of her own.
West continued to shut down South’s offense, holding the Lady Trojans scoreless in the third quarter. The Lady Bobcats on the other hand, put up 16 points in the third quarter, extending their lead to 35-6.
Nutt and Carr both scored five points in the period, each hitting a 3-pointer. Bowen added four points of her own in the third quarter, while Gracie Morris added a basket of his own.
South put up nine points in the final period of play as West was held to just four points in the victory. Rachel Ferguson and Sheffield each added a basket of their own in the fourth quarter for the Lady Bobcats.
Bowen, Nutt and Carr all led West in scoring on the night, putting up eight points apiece in the victory. Swain added six pints of her own. Sheffield added four points, while Ferguson and Morris each scored two points.
After five-straight home games, the teams from West will head out for their first road test on Thursday, when they travel to White County. Tipoff of the girls game is slated for 6 p.m. with the boys taking the floor 10 minutes after that initial contest concludes.