BUFFALO — The Westwood High School girls' basketball team found itself in a 46-32 hole heading into the fourth quarter of a District 20-3A play-in game on Friday.

The Lady Panthers clawed with might in the fourth quarter — but Crockett defeated Westwood 60-53 at Buffalo High School’s gymnasium.

Westwood head coach Wills Tran reported the Lady Panthers trimmed Crockett's lead to six points during the fourth quarter — but that's as close as they would get.

Still, Westwood showed remarkable improvement this season, finishing with a 6-7 mark in District 20-3A and a 12-16 overall.

This was the final scholastic game for seniors Monica Wilson, Tori Stephens and Tommiana Calhoun.

“The girls set a lot of goals; but, they couldn't quite get that last one,” said Tran, whose style of play has proven to be a match with Westwood's athletes.

Tran said the Lady Bulldogs won the game in two critical areas: Rebounding and the transition game.

Crockett and Westwood played a close first quarter, with the Lady Bulldogs ahead 12-10. The Lady Panthers were down 29-21 at intermission, and Crockett continued building its edge in the third quarter.

Jordan Carter was Westwood's leading scorer with 16 points, including a stellar 6-of-7 on free throws. Wilson added 13 points, including a 3-pointer. Tia Hatten chipped in with 12 points, 10 of them in the fourth quarter.

Crockett standout Katelin Holmes was the game's leading scorer with 21 points, including a whopping 11-of-15 from the line. Jaida Lockhart added 17 points as a complement to Holmes.

Tonight's Games

Tonight marks the second night of the University Interscholastic League girls' basketball playoffs, with Cayuga and Slocum both in action.

For the second straight year, Cayuga (22-11) will play Centerville in the Conference 2A-Region III playoffs. The LadyCats' game is set for 6 p.m. at Fairfield High School.

Slocum (21-10) plays in the same 2A-Region III playoffs tonight— versus District 19-2A champion Kerens at 7:30 p.m. at Leon High School in rural Jewett.

Crockett will play District 19-3A champion Franklin at 7:45 p.m. tonight down in Madisonville.

HIGH SCHOOLS

Girls Basketball

District 20-3A

Friday's Result

At Buffalo

Crockett 60,

Westwood 53

Score by quarters

C 12 17 17 14 — 60

W 10 11 11 21 — 53

Individual scorers

Crockett: Quenisha Henderson, 1; Tynaisha McKnight, 9; Jaida Lockhart, 17; Shabess Johnson, 6; Katelin Holmes, 21; Alinjah McKnight, 6

Westwood: Destiny Ellis, 2; Tommiana Calhoun, 4; Jyyah Godley, 2; Tiana Davis, 4; Monica Wilson, 13; Jordan Carter, 16; Tia Hatten, 12

Personal fouls: Westwood 20, Crockett 19; Fouled out: None; Technical fouls: None.