Frank Booker used the pump fake as the bait, and there were times his defender would bite.
One nibble led to a four-point play that started a crucial 14-0 Westside run as the Patriots won at Laney,
63-51, on Friday night. Both teams were 2-0 in Region 3-AA subregion B entering play.
“It was a big game,” Westside coach Marvin Fields said. “Our guys hung in there.”
With Laney ahead 41-38 in the third period, Booker drew contact on a 3-pointer, still made the shot and then hit the foul shot. He also scored the next four points as he put up 33 in the game.
Westside’s run didn’t end until Booker scored on a break to make it 52-41, and Laney didn’t get closer than nine the rest of the way. That gap was a rare sight compared to early in the night, when the Wildcats led by a single point after the first and second quarters.
However, Laney did appear to grab momentum in the second quarter when Jervon Walker got a bucket for a 20-13 lead. But the energized Wildcats fans were soon quieted as Westside fought back.
With the win, the Patriots improved to 14-2 overall and 3-0 in the subregion.
Laney did win the girls game between the schools, however, with the Lady Wildcats going up big early to get a 71-46 win.
Led by Simone Smith’s 19 points and Khadijiah Cave’s 18 points, the Lady Wildcats (17-0, 3-0) scored the first seven points and were up by at least 20 for the entire second half.
“They’re doing pretty good,” Laney coach Otis Smart said. “This team doesn’t worry about who’s getting the job done.”
Jahmia Bradley and Marian Ware both had 11 points for Westside, but no comeback bid ever materialized.