Westside coach Jamie Lusk wants his players to value every moment on the court.
“I told them at halftime you cherish every game, no matter who you’re playing,” he said after his team’s 83-28 rout of Liberty last Wednesday. “It goes by so fast. I want them to take advantage of every opportunity they have to play.”
After taking just an 11-7 edge after the first period, the Lady Renegades took advantage of their transition offense to erupt for 31 points in the second quarter.
“I thought we shared the ball pretty good over the last three quarters,” Lusk remarked. “We got open shots, and we got the ball to whoever was open.”
Westside scored 26 unanswered points during an extended run which covered parts of the second and third quarters.
The lead reached 20 on a Kyleisha Kirkendall bucket inside and went to 44-13 when she connected on a 10-footer from the left side.
“She ran the floor well,” Lusk said of Kirkendall, who had 17 points. “When she runs the floor, she’s as good as anybody out there. She’s getting back to where we need her to be.”
Freshman Tori Patrick came off the bench to lead WHS with a game-high 18.
“Her role is to come in and shoot,” the coach commented. “She’s still learning the varsity game and has started to play well.”
Cheyanna Lusk had seven assists and four steals to go with 12 points.
Also scoring: Kayla Cline (6), Taylor Brown (6), Mckinsey Davis (6), Emily Bannister (5), Emily Fleshman (4), Ashley Stepp (4), Kayla Morgan (2), Raelyn Irick (2) and Brittany Cook (1).
Marissa Long had 10 for Liberty.
WHS 64, Man 52
The Lady Renegades dominated the first half and went on to beat Man, 64-52, last Thursday at Clear Fork.
Westside held a 40-23 lead at the break.
Cheyanna Lusk paced WHS with 18. Kyleisha Kirkendall had 14, and Ashley Stepp scored 13.
Emily Fleshman (7), Mckinsey Davis (6), Brittany Cook (3) and Tori Patrick (3) also scored.
Paige Stacy had 17 for Man, and Maloire Keffer connected for 14.