By MICHAEL S. ADAMS
H-P Sports Writer
RUSK — Senior guard Magen Douglas and freshman Chasity Yarbrough made sure Westwood’s playoff hopes stayed alive Tuesday night.
Douglas put down a game-high 17 points, shooting 5-of-12 from the three-point line, while Yarbrough scored 16 points as the Lady Panthers (3-5, 9-13) defeated Rusk 69-29.
The Lady Eagles (0-8) could not stop Douglas’ from behind the three-point line. The senior guard had nine points and was 3-of-6 with three point field goals in the first quarter as Westwood went up by 11 points.
The Lady Panthers extended their lead to 17 points in the second quarter as Yarbrough went on a scoring rampage. The freshman scored all eight of her first half points in the second quarter.
Westwood took a 34-12 lead into the locker room after Rusk shot 24 percent from the floor, making 5-of-21 field goal attempts.
The Lady Panthers, behind senior Julie Johnson’s seven first half rebounds, outrebounded Rusk 26-18 in the first half.
Westwood’s rebounding stayed strong throughout the game as the team collected 45 with Johnson leading the way with a team-high 11.
Westwood shut down Rusk sophomore Cambrey Blackmore in the first half holding her to no points. Blackmore was the second leading scorer for the Lady Eagles when the two teams met Dec. 6. She finished the game with a team-high 11 points, all scored in the fourth quarter.
Both teams struggled to find their shot in the third quarter and remained scoreless until the 5:21 mark.
Westwood closed out the quarter on a 13-2 run and extended its lead to 33 points.
Blackmore got her first field goal of the game in the first minute of the fourth quarter.
Westwood outscored Rusk 22-15 in the fourth quarter to secure the 40-point win.
Keriana Gainer and leading scorer Richelle Anthony were held to six and eight points respectively. Both added rebounding support with Gainer grabbing eight and Anthony with five.
Westwood shot 35 percent from the floor and was 40 percent from the free-throw line while Rusk shot 25 percent from the floor and was also 40 percent from the free-throw line.
The Lady Panther’s three-point shooting made the difference as Westwood was 41 percent (7-of-17) from behind the three-point line.
Westwood will return home Friday when it hosts Central. The junior varsity game is scheduled for 5 p.m.
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By MICHAEL S. ADAMS