Controlling the pace of play from the start, the West Middle School girls basketball team upped its record to 5-0 on the season, defeating South 48-20 on the road on Thursday night.
Five players got into the scoring column for the Lady Bobcats in the opening quarter, led by Bailey Buchanan, who put up five points in the period. West also played stingy defense in the opening quarter, limiting South to just four points, as the Lady Bobcats took a 13-4 lead into the second period.
Scoring was a little bit more limited for West in the second quarter. Olivia Swain put up four points, while Lucy Nutt and Morgan Carr each hit a 3-pointer, giving the Lady Bobcats a 23-8 halftime lead.
The defense shut down South’s offense in the third quarter, when the Lady Trojans were held to zero points. West took advantage by putting up its best offensive period, scoring 18 points and taking a 41-8 lead into the final quarter.
Nutt led the Lady Bobcats with five points in the third quarter, including hitting a 3-pointer. Bailey Trussell added three points for West, while Liv Bowen, Carr, Swain, Nia Sheffield and Trinity Goon each added two points.
West was held to just seven points in the final quarter, but had already put the game away. Rachel Ferguson had four points for the Lady Bobcats in the fourth quarter, while Sheffield added a basket and Trussell hit a free throw.
Nutt led West in scoring, putting up 10 points in the contest. Swain added eight points for the Lady Bobcats, while Carr had seven and Buchanan put up five points. Bowen, Trussell, Sheffield and Ferguson each added four points, while Goon rounded out the scoring with two.
Bobcats fall to 1-4 on season
After the offense struggled in a 44-21 loss at North on Monday, the woes continued for the West boys team at South on Thursday, where the Bobcats dropped a 32-17 matchup to the Trojans.
In fact, the Bobcats were shut out in the opening quarter, while South put up 13 points in the period. Kaleb Rigsby did the bulk of the scoring for the Trojans, putting up seven points.
West followed by putting up just a basket in the second quarter, trailing 20-2 at halftime. Evan Tomlin was the lone Bobcat to get into the scoring column.
Tomlin added another basket in the third quarter, while Ashton Dodd added one his own in the period. However, the Trojans continued to add to their lead, taking a 30-6 advantage into the fourth quarter.
West put up 11 points in the final quarter, but South had clinched the contest. Dodd scored four points in the final quarter for the Bobcats, including knocking down a 3-pointer. Tomlin added four points, before Xavier Farrell hit a 3-pointer of his own.
Tomlin led the Bobcats with eight points in the game. Dodd finished with six, and Farrell rounded out the scoring with three points.
Both West teams will return home on Thursday when they host White County. Tipoff of the girls game is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the boys taking the floor 10 minutes after that contest concludes.
East teams fall to Warren County
After a close first quarter, the Warren County girls basketball team began to pull away from East, going on to capture a 37-25 home win on Monday.
The Lady Panthers kept it close for the first quarter, trailing 8-4. However, Warren County put up 10 points in the second period, opening up an 18-8 edge at halftime.
East was again limited to four points in the third quarter, while the Lady Pioneers upped their lead to 27-12 heading into the final period. East put up 13 points in the final quarter, but Warren County secured the win.
Eleanor Fults led the Lady Panthers (1-2) in scoring on the night, putting up 11 points. Addie Snipes added six points, while Laken Potter finished with four points. Katelyn Daniels had three points and Aubreigh Harris rounded out the scoring with two points.
The East boys (0-3) didn’t fare any better on Monday with a 52-28 loss at Warren County. East kept it close in the first half, trailing 11-7 after one quarter and 19-13 at halftime.
However, Warren County pulled away in the third quarter, putting up 19 points and opening up a 38-19 lead heading into the final period of play. The Pioneers followed with 14 more points in fourth quarter to seal the victory.
Danny Martinez led East in scoring on the night, putting up 10 points. Charlie Pierce and Jalen Hill each scored four points. Zane Hopf, Malik Grizzard, Jacob Sanchez, Jaiden Sanchez and Logan Prosser rounded out the scoring for the Panthers, each putting up two points.
Both East teams will return to the floor on Thursday, hosting North. Tipoff of the girls game is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the boys taking the floor 10 minutes after that contest concludes.