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December 27, 2013

H.S. Basketball: Houston County Hoopfest leaves local teams with wins

GRAPELAND —

Friday’s varsity boys basketball matches featured a Westwood dominating performance, an Elkhart struggle and a Grapeland victory during the Houston County Hoopfest.

 

Westwood 82, Timpson 36

Westwood dominated Timpson from the beginning of the game, and kept the pressure up with a 31-point explosion in the second quarter to seal up the 82-36 victory.

In the second quarter, Timpson committed turnover after turnover and Westwood showed a bit of its fast-break quickness as it scored point after point.

At halftime, Westwood had a commanding 51-18 lead.

The second half had much of the same play as Westwood kept pouring on the aggressive defensive pressure and making Timpson turn the ball over.

“We did some things early in the game defensively that caused them some problems,” Westwood coach Scott Nettles said. “Our defense led to some offense and got us a pretty good little lead. In our offensive transition, I’ve got a sophomore point guard that’s been starting the past couple of weeks and he’s starting to really come along and be able to find some people and get the ball where it needs to be.”

Westwood’s reward for winning the game against Timpson was a matchup with Class A Div. I No. 2 Grapeland Sandies later that afternoon.

“Against Grapeland, you just got to hope your team can focus with the short turnaround,” Nettles said. “We have to play at a high level and be competitive. We’re missing a couple of kids because it’s a holiday tournament, but you just have to play who you have and hope for the best.”

 

Coldspring 59, Elkhart 46

In the second game of the day, Elkhart had a rough go and came away with a loss against Coldspring, 59-46.

The Elks started off the first quarter with a strong performance and even led at the end of it with a score of 13-12.

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