By SCOTT TYLER
H-P Sports Editor
Westwood senior D.J. Morrow was happy to get a win in his final home game of the season.
But what made Morrow even happier was the win kept Westwood’s playoff hopes alive.
Westwood defeated Brownsboro 71-61 Friday night to stay tied for third place in District 20-3A.
“It feels good to win this game, knowing it is my last win here,” Morrow said. “It feels even better that we still have a chance to make the playoffs.”
Westwood (5-4, 13-15) is tied for third place with Fairfield and one game behind Athens for second place. In the final district game, Westwood travels to Athens Tuesday while Fairfield heads to Brownsboro. If Westwood wins, the Panthers will be guaranteed at least a tie and a chance to make the playoffs.
“This puts us in an opportunity to make the playoffs and that is where you want to be at this point,” Westwood head coach Scott Nettles said.
Westwood had four players score in double digits Friday night led by Tevin Watson’s 15 points. Morrow added 14 points and Rodney Watson and Seth Gilkey had 11 points each.
“We have had a tough time at home finding ways to score,” Nettles said. “It was nice to hit some shots tonight.”
Westwood used a pair of 8-0 runs in the second and third quarters and when Morrow hit his third three pointer of the night to start the fourth quarter, Westwood led 47-35.
However, Brownsboro tried to storm back, getting back the deficit to four points with 4:50 to play.
It was the closest the Bears would get to the Panthers. Westwood scored seven straight points in a span of 30 seconds starting with a layup by Gilkey. Then Tevin Watson converted on a three-point play when he got knocked down in the lane, but hit the off balanced shot.
“We never lost our composure when Brownsboro made that run,” Morrow said. “We just stayed loose and had fun.”
Gilkey followed by getting a steal and finding Tevin Watson for the layup and Westwood led 57-46.
“We got out and pushed the ball better and made better decisions in the open floor,” Nettles said of the 7-0 run.
Ryan Mackie added a three pointer and the Panthers made their free throws to get the win.
Westwood cut down on its turnovers in the second half. The Panthers had 13 turnovers in the first half and only four in the second.
“I felt we had good rotation in the second half and that allowed us to keep guys fresh,” Nettles said. “That helped against their full court pressure and I thought we were a step faster than them.”
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