Westside showed—if there were any doubts—that it is still the team to beat in AA.
The No. 1 ranked Lady Renegades took an 11-point lead into the dressing room, then ran away from No. 4 Summers County, 65-32, on Monday night at Clear Fork.
Westside improved to 11-0 and won for the 39th straight time.
WHS won despite having its bigs, including all-stater Hope Lester, in foul trouble for much of the night. The contest was close for much of the first half, and the Bobcats were in a 8-8 tie midway through the opening quarter.
Hope Davis sank an eight-footer from the left side, and made a foul shot and drove to the bucket for two as the home team took the lead for good at 13-8.
An Avery Pivont bucket pulled Summers within 15-14 at the end of the first quarter.
The Renegades started the second stanza with a 7-1 run and continued to increase the lead.
It was 29-18 after Faith Davis made a foul shot at the 3:01 mark.
Following a timeout, and with Lester and forward Megan Endicott on the bench with foul trouble, the Bobcats pulled the ball out and ran time off.
Westside fans began to cheer as time ticked away and cheered louder when SC’s three-point attempt at the buzzer was off target.
WHS showed the athleticisim and passing that makes it a tough match up in the second half.
Endicott and Lester scored inside to start the third quarter, and it was 33-18.
Two more Lester buckets pushed the margin to 37-21.
Westside took a 41-25 lead into the final eight minutes.
The lead went to 49-27 on Danielle Brown’s three-pointer with 5:22 to go.
That was part of a 12-0 spurt which ended with a Lester drive to the rim. It was 55-27.
Lester had a game-high 20 points to lead WHS. Endicott scored 10. Faith Davis and Brown had nine each. Morgan Spolarich tossed in eight.
Brandy Morrison notched 12 for Summers, which fell to 9-2. Tyra Wyans scored eight.
Westside is at Independence on Monday.
Photo: Morgan Spolarich (left) of Westside moves the ball up the court against Tyra Wynes of Summers County in Monday night’s game at Clear Fork.