Despite some cold shooting, the Westside boys basketball team was able to beat Grovetown, 50-25, Friday night at Westside.
“I thought we weren’t 100 percent focused on what we had to do,” Patriots coach Marvin Fields said. “But we got it together to give us a cushion. We can play better.”
Westside (12-6, 5-2 Region 3-AAA Subregion B) held the Warriors to only 10 points in the first half – just two points in the second quarter.
Though Frank Booker struggled with his shot all night, Ronald Campbell attacked the rim, scored on putbacks and knocked down two 3-pointers to pace the Westside offense. Campbell had a game-high 18 points.
Kendall Harris added 11 points for the Patriots, beating the defense down the floor in the third quarter as Westside survived three 3-pointers from Tevon Horton.
The Patriots’ lead swelled as the game continued, allowing Westside to cruise to its fourth win in a row as it continues to battle for positioning in the division.
“You need every one you can get,” Fields said.
In the girls game, the Lady Patriots rallied from a halftime deficit to continue their unbeaten run in subregion play, beating Grovetown 54-41.
Trailing by four at the half, Westside came alive.
Grovetown’s Malia Kency hit four 3-pointers in the first half, but it was the post players who took over down the stretch.
Azia Gibson had already scored 12 points and finished with 20 points for the Lady Warriors.
Jahmia Bradley was frequently fouled when she drove inside and was 10-for-10 from the foul line in the fourth quarter. She finished with 16 points.
Westside (17-3, 7-0 subregion) also was strong with its interior defense. The Lady Patriots deflected passes and blocked shots, often limiting Grovetown to one shot possessions.
“In the second half, we got back to being ourselves,” Westside coach Ivory Hugee said. “We’re thankful for the win.”