After back-to-back road contests to start the season, the West Middle School basketball teams finally had their home opener on Thursday, netting a pair of wins over Harris in style.
The Lady Bobcats improved their overall record to 3-0, dominating from the very start in a 43-10 victory.
In the boys game, the third time was the charm for the Bobcats, as they picked up their first win of the season, improving to 1-2 on the year, with a 33-23 win over Harris.
After clinging to a 19-18 advantage after three quarters, the West boys took control in the fourth, going on a 9-0 run to start the period. Ashton Dodd got the scoring started for the Bobcats, before Evan Tomlin added back-t0-back baskets and DeAndre Jenkins drained a 3-pointer, giving their team a 28-18 lead.
Harris quickly answered with five-straight points of its own, closing the gap to 28-23 with 2:18 remaining in the final quarter. West was able to shut out the Golden Eagles the remainder of the way, adding five more to seal the victory.
Dodd knocked down a 3-pointer in the final two minutes for the Bobcats, before Jenkins added a basket of his own in order to close out the win.
The strong closing effort came after a third period where both teams struggled to get shots to fall. After leading 16-13 at halftime, the Bobcats could only make one field goal in the third quarter, but held a 19-18 advantage heading into the final period. Jenkins was the lone player to make a basket for West, hitting a 3-pointer.
Dodd led all scorers with 15 points on the night, connecting on three of his five 3-point opportunities. Jenkins and Tomlin each finished with eight points as well and Jaxon Sheffield finished with two points.
In the girls game, the Lady Bobcats controlled the tempo from the very start, outscoring Harris 10-2 in the opening period alone. West followed by forcing nine turnovers in the second quarter, taking a 20-4 lead into halftime.
West then put up 13 more points in the third period, extending its lead even more. Lucy Nutt put up five points in the period for the Lady Bobcats, including hitting a 3-pointer, leading the way for her team in the period. Liv Bowen knocked down a 3 of her own, while Rachel Ferguson and Mikaylah Sims each added a basket. Bailey Buchanan hit a free throw to close out the scoring for West in the third quarter.
While the offense was in rhythm, the Lady Bobcats’ defense was again relentless in the third quarter, forcing the Eaglettes into six turnovers, grabbing a 33-6 advantage heading into the final quarter.
West carried that momentum into the fourth quarter, scoring eight-straight points to start the period. Nutt got the scoring started, before Bowen added back-to-back baskets and Nia Sheffield added a bucket of her own.
Nutt led the Lady Bobcats in scoring on the night, putting up 12 points, including, hitting two of her three 3-point opportunities. Bowen added seven points for West, while Olivia Swain scored six points.
Morgan Carr and Sims each scored five points in the win, while Ferguson scored four. Buchanan and Sheffield rounded the scoring each with two points in the victory.
Both West teams will hit the road again this week, traveling to Franklin County. The West teams will open the week by heading to North on Monday before traveling to South on Thursday. The girls games are scheduled to tipoff at 6 p.m. on both days, with the boys contests slated to follow.
Lady Panthers notch win over South
After dropping the season opener to White County, the East girls basketball team followed with a win over South on Thursday, dominating in a 48-28 performance. As of press time, the full box score from was unavailable.
In the boys game, East struggled from the start, falling 61-18. South grabbed a 12-3 advantage after one quarter and the Panthers could never recover, trailing 27-13 at halftime and 49-15 heading into the final period of play.
Jalen Hill led East in scoring on the night, putting up seven points, all of which were scored in the second quarter. Hill hit a pair of 3-pointers and added a free throw in the period.
Charlie Pierce, Danny Martinez, Brayden Partin, Te’ Ewing and Malik Grizzard each scored two points for the Panthers. Zane Hopf rounded out the scoring for East with a free throw.
Both East teams will be in action on Monday, heading to Warren County. Tipoff of the girls game is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the boys game slated to start 10 minutes after that contest concludes.