Westside showed it doesn’t have to be in top form to be pretty formidable.
The AA No. 1 Lady Renegades hadn’t played in 19 days, but they still knocked off rival Wyoming East, 59-29, at New Richmond on Thursday night.
WHS held the Warriors to eight second half points and 22 percent shooting to blow the game open.
“We really work on our defense, and we played pretty good defense against a good Wyoming East team,” said Renegades coach Jamie Lusk.
Hope Lester scored 24, including several key threes in the second half, and Danielle Brown, who missed the first half of the season due to illness, scored 11.
“Danielle is one of our senior leaders and having her back is great,” Lusk commented.
Westside held a 15-9 edge after the first quarter and extended the lead through the second.
An 11-2 run to start the second pushed the Renegades advantage to 26-11.
Michaela Shumate’s three from straight away cut it to 26-15.
That was as close as East would get.
Hope Lester canned a trey from the left side and Hope Davis knocked one down with five seconds to go in the half as WHS pushed the lead to 36-21 at halftime.
“Hope Davis had a good game for us,” Lusk remarked.
Westside continued to add to its lead from beyond the arc.
Lester had two treys and Faith Davis knocked down another to make it 44-24. It was 48-24 at the end of the period.
“I think fatigue played a part,” said East coach Angie Boninsegna. “We couldb’t get out to cover their three-point shooters.”
Brown and Lester sank treys early in the final quarter as the lead ballooned to 54-27. “We’ve been working on our man to man defense,” Lusk said. “Holding Wyoming East to 29 is a good accomplishment.”
“I thought we did a pretty good job of getting the ball up the court and not turning it over,” stated Boninsegna. “We just have to keep working hard.”
Bri Pertee scored 11 for East. Megan Davis had five steals.
Westside is at Nicholas County tonight.
East (6-3) is at Shady Spring and Summers County next week.
Photo: Hope Lester (dark uniform) of Westside drives while being defended by Wyoming East players in Thursday’s game at New Richmond.