Westside’s veterans stepped up in a season-opening win.
Hope Lester scored 31 points and Faith Davis added 17 as the Lady Renegades pulled away from Bluefield, 65-41, on Wednesday night at Clear Fork.
“Hope did everything,” said WHS coach Jamie Lusk of the junior all-stater. “She drove to the basket, she made some threes, she showed some post moves. “And Faith drove to the basket and got to the foul line (where she was 10-13),” he added.
Bluefield’s press gave the Lady Renegades problems for a while.
“Bluefield is really quick, and you can’t imitate that in practice,” Lusk noted.
“We missed a lot of shots we normally make,” he added.
The Beavers got within four, 18-14, on a trey by Destiny Sims.
It was 26-21 after Sims stole the ball and took it in for a layup.
Davis made two foul shots and knocked down a three from the right side to extend the lead ot 31-21 by halftime.
Westside opened the third quarter with a 10-2 run which made it 41-23.
Megan Endicott made three of four shots to get things started, and Hope Davis drove in for two.
Hope Lester sandwiched a pair of goals inside around a Faith Davis free throw.
“We cut way down the turnovers and and the offense was a little more smooth,” Lusk said.
WHS took a 48-31 advantage into the final quarter. Lester’s three point play early in the period stretched the lead to 53-33. Bluefield was never closer than 14 after that.
You can’t be upset with a 24-point win,” Lusk commented. “We’re playing for seeding in the regional so it’s important to win these games.
“We’re going to get everybody’s best shot,” he noted.
In addition to Lester and Davis, Westside got five points each from Endicott and Kristen Hash.
Westside is at PikeView on Tuesday.
Game notes: The Lady Renegades are playing without second team all-stater Danielle Brown, who has mono.