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Lakeside boys and girls lose home game to Westside

Posted: December 14, 2011 - 11:08am  |  Updated: December 14, 2011 - 11:13am
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Lakeside's Mark Weidenaar fires up a shot against Westside. Weidenaar scored 13 points in the loss.  Photos by Sara Caldwell
Photos by Sara Caldwell
Lakeside's Mark Weidenaar fires up a shot against Westside. Weidenaar scored 13 points in the loss.

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The 3s rained early, but Westside High School’s defense ultimately won the night.

The Patriots both opened and closed well, with a dominant fourth quarter clinching a 54-42 win at Lakeside on Tuesday.

“Defense wins ball games,” Westside coach Marvin Fields said. “We had to really gut it out on defense.”

After Lakeside’s Tray Simpson drilled a 3-pointer to cut the Panthers’ deficit to 40-35 after three quarters, Westside held Lakeside to just two field goals in the fourth quarter.

With turnovers and missed shots, Lakeside fell further behind as the remaining time dwindled.

Westside’s Ronald Campbell knocked down a 3-pointer early in the fourth and later scored on a floater. He scored seven points in the quarter, part of a game-high 20.

Teammates Roosevelt Isom and Rashon Taylor also scored important points down the stretch as the Patriots outscored the Panthers 14-7 in the fourth quarter.

Early in the game, the Patriots used a flurry of 3-pointers, hitting five of their nine in the first quarter to lead 16-8.

Mark Weidenaar’s 13 points helped the Panthers come back. But Westside took control, capitalizing on its defensive play and ability to get to the hoop.

“We started to attack the basket,” Fields said. “You have to have some balance.”

In the girls game, Westside took advantage of turnovers and some bad shots by the Lady Panthers to win, 50-35.

But much concern was centered on Lakeside’s Cassie Bryant, who struck her head when she tried to race down and stop a layup attempt. She hit her head on the wall and was taken to a hospital.

“Obviously her life is a whole lot more important than a basketball game,” Lakeside coach Jody Hilley said. “Those are like my kids.”

Hilley said Bryant was initially out for about 10-12 minutes but was breathing and had a good pulse. He said she probably suffered a concussion.

Westside had the edge inside, often winning crucial boards as well as earning fast break opportunities during key stretches.

Both teams had a high number of turnovers, but the Lady Patriots did a better job of taking advantage behind Azia Gibson and Ritzy Griffin, who both had 12 points.

“We’re 6-2 but we got to get a lot better,” Westside coach Ivory Hugee said. “We got to quit depending on our talent and play hard.”

OTHER GAMES

Greenbrier

The boys lost a 49-48 overtime thriller Monday against Hephzibah.

The Wolfpack headed into overtime tied at 44, but couldn’t stop the Rebels from downing five points to their four.

Greenbrier had four players drop 3-pointers during the game, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Hephzibah.

The girls also lost, but by a 15-point margin in the 66-51 game against Hephzibah.

Evans and Harlem

In Columbia County’s oldest rivalry, the Knights came out on top Monday in both boys and girls games.

The Lady Knights more than doubled the point total of the Bulldogs in the 54-25 matchup.

Though Harlem’s Christina Rentas was the lead scorer in the game with 18 points, she was one of just four girls putting points on the board. Evans had 10 girls contribute points, including 16 from Jasmine Stone.

A 17-point performance by Evans’ Myles McDavid was matched by Harlem’s Reggie Reid.

Again, though, the Knights had a lot more players sinking baskets in the 75-51 contest.

Grovetown

The Warriors dominated Washington-Wilkes in boys and girls games Tuesday.

The Grovetown boys dropped eight 3-pointers in the 67-56 win. C.J. Cooper hit three 3-pointers and led the team in scoring, along with Khalid Wright, with 21 points.

The Lady Warriors’ Malia Kency ruled with a 22-point game in a 77-57 win.

After getting off to a slow start in the first quarter with just 11 points,

Grovetown put up 22 points in each of the remaining quarters.

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