Seconds into Monday’s matchup, the West Middle School girls basketball put up a basket and never looked back, controlling the remainder of the contest against East, winning 52-29 at Tullahoma High School.
Olivia Swain put up eight of the Lady Bobcats’ first 10 points, helping her team take a 16-4 advantage into the second quarter. Liv Bowen added a pair of baskets in the opening period, while Lucy Nutt and Baylee Buchanan each added two points to round out the scoring the first period for West.
Eleanor Fults put up the four points for East in the opening quarter, all of which came from the free-throw line. In fact, Fults put up the first 20 points of the contest for the Lady Panthers. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter when one of her teammates finally added another basket. Eleven of Fults’ 22 points on the night came from the free-throw line, and she ended the night perfect from the charity stripe.
West again controlled the second period and took a 24-11 advantage into halftime. Bowen knocked down a 3-pointer for the Lady Bobcats, while Nutt and Buchanan each added a basket, and Morgan Carr hit a free throw.
Fults knocked down three field goals for the Lady Panthers in the second half, and hit a free throw as well.
West followed with 16 more points in the third quarter, led by Swain again, who put up six points in the period. Bowen added four points, while Carr and Bailey Trussell each hit a 3-pointer, giving the lady Bobcats a 40-20 advantage heading into the final period.
MiKaylah Sims led West in scoring in the final period, putting up five points, knocking down a 3-pointer and another basket. Nia Sheffield added a 3 of her own for the Lady Bobcats, while Reagan Rogers and Trussell each scored two points.
Katelyn Daniels got into the scoring column for East in the fourth quarter, putting up four points. Laken Potter added a 3-pointer of her own, before Fults hit a pair of free throws.
Swain led West in scoring on the night, putting up 14 points. Bowen also finished in double figures, netting 11 points.
Trussell and Sims each totaled five points for the Lady Bobcats, while Nutt, Carr and Buchanan all added four points. Sheffield finished with three points, while Rogers rounded the scoring with two points.
Prior to taking on East on Monday, West was coming off of a pair of victories. The Lady Bobcats rolled past Meridianville 50-25 on Dec. 8, before following that with a dominating 52-23 win at South on Dec. 10.
The Lady Panthers previously dropped their last matchup before Monday night, losing a tough 33-27 matchup at Warren County on Dec. 10.
The West basketball teams were scheduled to head to Murfreesboro to take part in a tournament at Oakland Middle School, getting underway on Wednesday and concluding on Friday. As of press time, the results from those games were unavailable.
The East basketball teams will have the remainder of the year off, getting back to the court on Jan. 7, when they head to Winchester to take on North. Tipoff of the girls game is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the boys taking the floor 10 minutes after that contest concludes.