BY JOHN CONLEY
One sign of a good team is that it can beat opponents in different ways.
That's certainly the case with AA No. 3 Westside, which whipped No. 8 PikeView, 61-43, on Monday night at Clear Fork.
"The last time we played them, (freshman center) Hope Lester scored 26," said Renegades coach Jamie Lusk. "This time we got 22 points from (senior guard) Tori Patrick and 11 from Cheyanna Lusk (also a senior guard).
When Lusk and Lester had to go out with three fouls each, Westside didn't miss a beat.
"Our bench came in and added some points to the lead and they were effective." Lusk commented. "Building our bench is something we've worked on all season."
The Renegades (13-0) scored the game's first six points and never trailed.
PikeView (8-5) got within 6-4 midway through the opening quarter. But WHS responded with an 8-1 run to go up 14-5.
Patrick got the 1000th point of her career with an eight footer from left of the basket early in the second period. That made it 20-9.
"I'm proud of her," Lusk said. "A lot of people don't know how hard she works. She goes to the gym by herself and works on her game. If you work hard, good things will happen for you."
It was 22-14 when WHS finished the half with a 12-3 spurt.
Lusk hit a three, and Patrick scored a lay up on a run out. A Patrick trey made it 30-14.
Westside held a 34-17 lead at the break.
PikeView never got closer than 13 in the second half. Westside's biggest lead came at 54-28 early in the fourth quarter.
"I thought we played great defense for three quarters but got kind of lazy in the fourth," stated Lusk. "We have to play great defense for four quarters if we want to go to state."
Patrick, Lusk and Morgan Spolarich (10) paced the Renegades offense.
Hope Nester tossed in 16 for the Panthers, and Danielle Compton scored 14.
Westside visits Man on Thursday.