SENIOR TEAMS’ FIRST HALF OF SEASON PLEASING
West Side Staff
Thursday, December 17, 2015

West Side's senior girls moved to 6-0 in 1A-2 Conference play, and the boys to 5-1, with wins over Rural Special on Tuesday at Fox.

It was the second half before the girls got rolling and pulled away for a 54-37 victory. Bryanna Smith led the team with 13 points; Emily Southerland had 10. Sydnee Phillips and Ashley Gentry had 8 rebounds apiece, and Smith had 7.

"We were sloppy in the first half defensively. Too many fouls for reaching, and we couldn't buy a basket until KJ [Kayla Johnson] gave us a big lift with 8 straight points off the bench," said Coach Shane Davis. "Rural had a good game plan defensively. Coach [Levi] Spinks definitely had them ready.

"I thought we executed a lot better in the second half and started getting better looks. We played defense without fouling much better as well.

"I am proud of the girls for the first half of the season that they've had."

The Lady Eagles were 20 of 49 on field goals, 4 of 9 on three-pointers. They hit 10 of 14 foul shots.

In the boys game, Rural Special held a point leader after the first quarter, but a 37-9 run in the second quarter doomed them. The Eagles, who hit 11 of 13 three-pointers in the first half, won 79-40.

Dalton Treece, who was 3 of 4 on three-pointers, and Gage Hewitt, who was 5 of 7 on three-pointers, each had 15 points. Mason Treece hit all four field goal attempts for 10 points. Randon Carlton had 9 assists and 7 points. Blaine Hipp had 9 points and 3 steals. Jake Lawson had 5 points, Trent Bentley had 5 points, and Cole Broadway, 4.

"We didn't start off with much intensity, so we pulled all five starters. They responded to it by scoring 37 in the second quarter, which was the difference in the game," said Davis. "Like the girls, the boys had a great first half of the season. Hopefully, we can keep playing well heading into the Classic in a couple of weeks."