What started as a one-sided match, ended as a one-sided match.
The Westwood Lady Panthers came out strong in the first quarter and didn’t let up on the Lady Elks of Elkhart as they finished with an 81-17 victory.
In the first quarter, Westwood outscored the Lady Elks 21-4, with those four points being the only ones Elkhart scored in the entire first half as the team was held scoreless in the second quarter. Westwood went into halftime with a 40-4 lead.
“I think our kids did a great job of working on things that we’ve been concentrating on,” said Westwood coach Brandi McEnturff. “I thought we did a great job of passing the ball around in the first quarter. They did a great job of playing as a group no matter what five girls were out there.
“It was nice to see them pass the ball around and get the opportunities for us to score,” she added.
In the second half, Westwood came out with the same intensity as before and Elkhart had a little bit of a spark as well.
The Elks put up eight points in the third quarter, which would prove to be their highest total in a quarter on the night. Westwood, in turn, put up 22 points in the third.
In the fourth quarter, Westwood outscored Elkhart 19-5 to seal the quick victory against the Lady Elks.
“Elkhart is a tough team for us to play against,” McEnturff said. “They play hard every game. I felt like my kids did well at playing the defense that I wanted us to run. Our next three games as well, we’re going to be playing similar defenses to what Elkhart brought out tonight, so it was a good test for us.”
Elkhart’s Cook led the team in scoring with six points. For Westwood, Benson led the team with 19 points and Muniz finished with 14 points. Westwood’s Thomas also had a good night scoring as she finished with 13 points in the match.