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November 30, 2012

H.S. Basketball Roundup: Westwood tops West to open Huntington tourney

The Westwood boys’ basketball team again displayed a balanced offense, and used a huge first quarter run to put away West early, defeating the Trojans, 75-61, to open the Huntington Tournament.

The Panthers had four players score in double-figures, and outscored West 24-4 in the first quarter alone.

J.J. Turner led the way with 16 points for Westwood (2-2), who took on Beaumont Kelly and host-Huntington Friday.

Dra Ross and L.J. Hutchison each added 14 in the victory for the Panthers, while Josh Denby had 13.

Chris Thompson added seven and Jacobee Newton six in the win.

The Panthers wrap up the tournament today, and return to action Tuesday for a tentative matchup in Oakwood. That could change if the Panthers advance in the six-man football playoffs.

ELKHART 70, Quinlan Boles 56

Cole Bridges had 26 points and hit five three-pointers, leading the Elkhart boys’ basketball team over Quinlan Boles Thursday at the Eustace tournament, 70-56.

The Elks jumped out to a 23-9 lead after the first quarter and never looked back en route to the victory.

Jacob Cheatham added 14 points for the Elks, while Brian Johnson had 13 and Luke Hollingsworth six.

Elkhart finishes up the tournament today, and then hosts Lovelady Tuesday, with both girls and boys games being played. Action gets underway with junior varsity girls at 4 p.m.

H.S. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

WESTWOOD 63, Hubbard 38

Mi’Kayla Benson was an astounding 10-of-14 from the floor, scoring 23 points to lead the Westwood girls’ basketball team past Hubbard, 63-38, Thursday in the Teague tournament.

Benson had eight rebounds to go along with her 71 percent shooting night, while Marialle Boles came within a rebound of a double-double, scoring 14 points and pulling down nine rebounds in the win for the Lady Panthers.

Nekeisha Hall had eight points and both Natali Muniz and Alexis Hatten had six, while Jemelia Thomas had six assists in the victory.

Westwood (5-4) continued play in Teague Friday and wrap up the tournament today, before returning home to host Neches Tuesday. Games begin at 5 p.m.

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