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December 3, 2012

H.S. Basketball Roundup: WW girls finish second in Teague tournament

— The Westwood girls’ basketball team ended an impressive run at the Teague tournament with a loss to the host Lady Lions, 55-45, Saturday.

The Lady Panthers fell behind at the half, 33-18, and could never recover.

Mi’Kayla Benson led Westwood with six points, while Jemelia Thomas had five and both Natali Muniz and Nekeisha Hall had four.

Marialle Boles had a team-high 13 rebounds, while Thomas and Hall each had six.

Muniz and Benson both had five rebounds, with Muniz also tallying five assists in the loss.

Westwood made it to the title game in dramatic fashion Friday.

Trailing by two points heading into the fourth quarter, the Westwood team made just enough of a comeback, earning a 31-30 win over Wortham Friday.

The Lady Panthers got seven points, eight rebounds and two steals from  Benson and six points from Muniz in the victory. Boles had three points and six rebounds, while Brittany Smith had four points.

Westwood (6-5) hosts Neches today, with games beginning at 5 p.m.

H.S. BOYS BASKETBALL

WESTWOOD 47, Jasper 34


The Westwood boys’ basketball team wrapped up a successful trip to Huntington Saturday, topping Jasper 47-34 to claim third-place at the Huntington tournament.

The Panthers sealed the win with a strong defensive performance in the second half, allowing Jasper only 13 points while scoring 26 of their own.

Jacobee Newton led the way for Westwood in the win with 12 points, while Dra Ross added 11. Both L.J. Hutchison and J.J. Turner had eight.

The Panthers got to the third-place game with a blowout win over host-Huntington, 86-37. Westwood outscored the Red Devils 48-13 in the first half alone.

Sam Carlisle had a huge game, leading Westwood with 26 points, while Turner had 19 and Hutchison added 10 in the blowout victory.

Westwood’s only loss in the tournament came in the second round to eventual champion Beaumont Kelly, 44-40. The Panthers scored only 15 first-half points in that game and could never recover.

Ross had a team-high 12 points in the loss, and Newton added 10 and Chris Thompson eight.

Westwood (4-3) travels to Oakwood today, with games beginning at 5 p.m.

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