Westside’s Lady Renegades will be looking to make history when at this week’s girls state basketball tournament.
They could become the first Wyoming County girls team to win a state title if they walk off with the hardware on Saturday.
They would also become the first state champion at WHS and the first county team to complete an unbeaten season since the Oceana boys went 26-0 in 1965.
After Thursday’s convincing win over five-time defending AA champion Summers County, the Lady Renegades (25-0) appear ready to finish the job.
Jamie Lusk has had good teams at Westside-he has taken other squads to state, most recently in 2010-but he says this one is the best.
“They came together as a team ,” he commented. “They work together.
“We made our opponent the enemy instead of each other,” Lusk said.
Senior guards Tori Patrick and Cheyanna Lusk, both of whom reached the 1,000 point in their careers this season, are four-year starters.
“This team is like a family,” Patrick stated. “Having (freshman center) Hope Lester come in has been great. She’s a big girl who really understand the game.”
“We have to continue to work hard on our defense,” Lusk said. “We work hard on defense every day, that’s really what starts our offense.”
“We just have to keep doing what we’ve been doing,” remarked senior forward Mckensie Davis. “Defense has always been the key to winning.”
Westside has had just three games decided by less than 10 points. They beat Summers, the state’s most successful girls basketball program, three times.
“Our team is playing with a high level of confidence,” Jamie Lusk said.
The coach hopes the big crowd which turned out for the regional title game will follow the team to Charleston.
“They were very loud and very supportive,” he noted. “We had people from several different communities here. And when they come together to support this team it reflects well on our school and our community.”
Westside begins state tourney play on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. against Ravenswood.