By MICHAEL S. ADAMS
H-P Sports Writer
The Westwood Lady Panthers are small in size, but head coach Wade Holder got a pleasant surprise Tuesday night.
The Lady Panthers, playing with seven total players, grabbed a season-high 48 rebounds and defeated Teague 68-43 at Panther Gymnasium.
Senior Richelle Anthony grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds, while sophomore Brandie Coffman came off the bench to pull down 12.
“We don’t have a lot of size,” Holder said. “We are very quick and get a lot of rebounds with our speed.
“Tonight we did a good job of blocking out and not giving up second shot opportunities.”
Westwood forced a total of 11 Lady Lion turnovers. Seniors Keriana Gainer and Magen Douglas had four and three steals. Freshman Chasity Yarbrough added five steals in the Westwood win.
“We did an excellent job of keeping the pressure on them,” Holder said. “They contested every shot and caused them a lot of problems with our defense tonight.”
Teague shot just 28 percent from the floor, hitting 17-of-60 field goal attempts. The Lady Panthers held Teague to just three field goals in the first quarter and a total of five for the entire half. Westwood opened the game with a 12-0 run and led 17-2 halfway through the first quarter.
Westwood held the Lady Lions to just 21 field goal attempts in the first half and a 24-percent field goal percentage.
“Our defense is a lot better today than it was at the beginning of the season,” Holder said. “Richelle has the strength inside and Brandie and Keriana jump very well and all of them have a lot of speed.”
Offensively, the Lady Panthers were the better shooting team. Westwood shot 40 percent from the field and 60 percent from the free-throw line.
Anthony finished with a game-high 22 points to cap a double-double for the night. Anthony finished shooting 52 percent from the field, hitting 9-17 field goal attempts.
Yarbrough added 20 points and hit 8-21 field goal attempts while Gainer hit 6-18 field goals and was 7-9 from the free-throw line to finish with 19 points.
“Keriana is having the year we had hoped she would have,” Holder said. “Chasity has been a big surprise for us and is continuing to improve each game.”
The Lady Panthers led 33-9 with 5:16 left in the second quarter and both teams began to struggle from the field. The Lady Lions hit just 2-13 field goal attempts and trailed Westwood by 23 at halftime.
“We moved the ball really well offensively,” Holder said. “We got the ball into our two and three positions and did a good job at finishing.”
Westwood continued to struggle with turnovers. The Lady Panthers committed 22 turnovers to Teague’s 11.
The Lady Panthers will host Grapeland Tuesday with the junior varsity tipping-off at 5:30 p.m.
By MICHAEL S. ADAMS