By MICHAEL S. ADAMS
H-P Sports Writer
Westwood head coach David Reed said after Tuesday’s 78-51 loss to Hudson at Panther Gymnasium that he felt as if the Hornets were playing like a team trying to get into the playoffs.
He also said he felt like his team was playing like it was just another game.
“They had just lost to Crockett and knew we beat Crockett and they played like they were afraid of sitting at home come playoffs,” Reed said. “They played with the intensity you would expect from a team still playing for the playoffs.”
Westwood fell behind 55-21 at the end of the first half after shooting 47 percent from the floor, but was 0-of-7 from behind the three-point line.
Hudson could not miss in the first half and was 57 percent in the first half from behind the three-point arch and finished the game shooting 70 percent after making 7-of-10 three-point attempts.
Hudson opened the game on a 10-2 run and outscored the Panthers 25-8 in the first seven minutes of the game.
The Hornets continued their shooting display in the second quarter with a 15-6 run in the first half of the quarter.
Gralyn Crawford had eight of his 20 points in the first half and was the only Panther at halftime with more than four points.
Hudson, who had four players score in double digits, was led in the first half by Justin Nichols’ 12 points while Adam Fischer scored six of his 20 points in the first half.
“We have to discipline our games and not be afraid of running out of a set offense,” Reed said. I thought our screens were soft tonight and it was kind of like they were worrying about hurting someone.”
Westwood opened the second half playing point-for-point with Hudson as the Hornets held onto their 36-point lead at the end of the third quarter.
Sophomore Marvin Warren, who has scored in double digits in the last three games, fouled out at the 6:17 mark and was held scoreless for the game.
“Marvin got frustrated because he wasn’t getting wide open looks,” Reed said. “He was still getting shots, but kept looking for the open shot.”
Westwood got on a roll as Crawford got hot from the three-point line and hit two in the second half. The Panthers went on to outscore Hudson 15-8 in the fourth quarter.
Junior Tyler Coates led the Panthers in rebounding with six while Robert Oberlander had five rebounds to go with three points. Sophomore Zach Gardner was unlike his usual self and was held to seven points while going 1-of-5 from behind the three-point line.
The Panthers will close out its home schedule Friday when Westwood hosts Rusk. The junior varsity game is scheduled for 5 p.m.
By MICHAEL S. ADAMS