The scoreboard might have shown an 11-point win for Westminster, but the game was much closer than that.
The Wildcats (14-4) pulled out a 60-49 win at home against cross-town rival Augusta Prep (9-8) on Friday.
Down 51-46 with two minutes left, the Cavaliers started fouling to stop the clock, but couldn't make their strategy pay off. Westminster hit 7 of 12 free throws down the stretch, but Augusta Prep couldn't score when it mattered. The Cavaliers only hit one field goal and a free throw the rest of the game.
"I knew they were hungry," Westminster coach Mark Tebbs said. "It's been a good cross-town rivalry, and I knew we were going to have our hands full."
The first quarter was a low-scoring affair with both Augusta Prep and Westminster scoring two baskets each.
Mike Smith hit a layup with 4:58 to go in the first half giving the Cavaliers their first lead of the game at 11-9. A Taylor Ellison putback with 3:05 remaining in the half took the lead back for the Wildcats at 15-13.
Both teams traded baskets and the lead for the rest of the first half, and Westminster grabbed a 20-19 lead at the break.
The Wildcats started to pull away in the second half behind strong offensive play from Joseph Morris. Morris scored six of his 11 points in the quarter to help Westminster build a nine-point lead.
The Cavaliers weren't done yet. They went on a 8-0 run with six minutes left to get within 43-40.Westminster's Kevin Curry put in a layup to end the rally and help Westminster hold on.
Andrew Tyson led the Wildcats with 16 points. Glenn Miller had 14 for the Cavaliers.
"Our kids hung around, and I thought they did a good job under the pressure," Tebbs said. "I was proud of them tonight."
The girls game wasn't as close.
Augusta Prep (11-6) led Westminster (0-17) from the start to win 44-26.
"We are satisfied about the win," Augusta Prep coach Kevin Furtado said. "We kind of knew ahead of time that Westminster was a little bit weak, so I wouldn't call it a big win. But we got a chance to get all our girls in."
The Lady Cavaliers scored the first ten points of the game and held the Lady Wildcats to three field goals in the first half. Augusta Prep held a 27-8 lead at halftime.
Augusta Prep emptied its bench in the second half and easily coasted down the stretch.
Rebecca Smith scored 11 points to lead the Lady Cavaliers.
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