CHARLESTON — Playing without their starting senior point guard may have hurt Scott, but head girls coach John Porter said Wednesday afternoon his team simply fell to “the better team” in the opening round of the state basketball tournament at the Charleston Civic Center. When the scoreboard clock quit ticking on the opening-round game, Westside had a 56-42 victory.
Scott came into the game as the seventh seed in Class AA, facing the second-seeded Renegades. The Lady Hawks trailed, 11-9, after the first quarter and Westside was up, 25-21, at intermission. Westside led, 42-33, after three periods.
The loss ended the Scott season with a 18-7 record. Westside is now 20-3 as they move on in the tournament.
Hope Lester led the Lady Renegades and topped the game scoring with 20 points. Alison Whitman scored 14 to lead Scott.
The Lady Hawks were playing without the services of point guard Jaimee Dotson, who Porter said was hospitalized at Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) for an undisclosed illness. After the game, the coach said “our biggest concern right now is Jaimee’s health issues.”
Porter said freshman Madylin (Maddy) Weeks “did an adequate job” filling in for Dotson. “She (Weeks) played well under the circumstances. She’s a freshman thrown into a tough game situation. She certainly did well enough that she didn’t cost us the game.”
Julie Conway and Weeks added 11 points each for the Skyhawks. Carolyn Green tossed in three; Courtney Goodwin, two; and Landyn McKinney, one for Scott.
Faith Davis contributed 12 for Westside. Danielle Brown added ten; Megan Endicott, seven; Kristin Hash, five; and Stephanie Brown, two for the Lady Renegades.
Westside moves on to meet Keyser in the second round, scheduled to tip-off at 9:30 a.m., Friday, March 14. All games are played at the Charleston Civic Center’s arena.