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Lady Trojans open basketball season with two wins

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By Michael Paul, Sports Editor

Who says you need a good night’s sleep to play well?

Playing their second game in two nights—and after returning home around midnight from the first game Nov. 20 in Bladenboro—the West Brunswick High School girls basketball team beat the Fairmont Tornadoes 55-42 Friday night at West.

The Trojans displayed an energetic defense and a teamwork-oriented offense. Two players scored at least 11 points: Sheena Suttlemyre had 16 points (and six rebounds, four steals and two assists). Breana Gause had 11 points (and seven rebounds).

Other scorers for West: Jasmine Jackson, eight; Jasmine Daniels, seven (and six rebounds); Rebecca Sidelinger, seven; Jordan Shaw, six.

“I was really pleased with the energy the girls came out with tonight,” West coach James Walker said, noting quick turnaround for the team after its 59-47 victory at West Bladen. “We’re trying to get everybody to play an up-tempo style and an aggressive defense.”

West’s defense carried it to a 27-17 lead at halftime.

The score was tied 7-7 when West went ahead for good. Gause hit a free throw, and a steal by Suttlemyre led to a basket by Daniels. Another steal led to another Daniels score, and then a pass from Shaw to Gause gave West a 14-7 lead at the end of the quarter.

In the second quarter, West led 18-11 before Suttlemyre hit a 3-pointer. Suttlemyre’s rebounding and defense stopped Farimont on three straight possessions, and then Daniels took over the game.

She passed to Sidelinger for a basket in the lane. And passes from Suttlemyre and Daniels on a break led to a layup by Jasmine Jackson. A pass from Daniels to Jasmine Jackson put West ahead 27-17 at the half.

The defensive intensity continued at the start of the third quarter in an 8-2 run that put West ahead 35-19.

A pass from Daniels to Suttlemyre followed by a pass from Daniels to Gause gave West a 31-19 lead. A turnover led to a two more points from Suttlemyre, and when Sidelinger scored on an inbounds pass, the lead was 35-19 with 4:43 left in the quarter.

Fairmont twice cut the lead to 10 points in the fourth quarter, the first time 46-36 with 3:52 left. But a steal and basket by Gause was followed by two free throws by Suttlemyre, giving West a 50-36 lead with 3:01 left.

Fairmont was down 52-42 with 1:35 left, but a pass from Suttlemyre to Jasmine Jackson gave the Trojans a 54-42 lead and ended Fairmont’s rally.

Against West Bladen, West led 14-6 in the first quarter and 30-23 the half. West then held West Bladen to three points in the third quarter and entered the fourth quarter ahead 40-26.

Gause scored 13 points (and had five steals), Suttlemyre 12 and Daniels 10. Other scorers: Shaw, six; Jasmine Jackson, two (with nine rebounds); Stacy Jackson, one; Mariah Evans, two; Taylor Ambrose, two; Kristen White, three; Sidelinger, eight.

WEST’S BOYS

LOSE TWO

West’s boys opened their basketball season with two losses. The Trojans lost 59-43 to West Bladen and 55-48 to Fairmont.

Against Fairmont, 3-pointers by Wally and Pat Kamfolt and Marcus Jackson helped give the Trojans a 16-13 lead in the first quarter.

“We’re probably not a 3-for-3 team on 3-pointers,” West coach Brad Lewis said. “I was nervous right from the start because I knew that wasn’t going to continue.”

West hit one 3-pointer the rest of the game.

The score was 26-26 at halftime but Fairmont took the lead for good in the third quarter when it outscored the Trojans 17-12 for a 43-38 lead.

A dunk by Alfy Hill early in the fourth quarter cut the Fairmont lead to 45-40, and then only one basket, by the Tornadoes, was scored until 5:13 was left. Free throws by West’s Eric Hewett cut the Tornadoes’ lead to 47-43 with 3:17 left, but West was unable to score again until 42.1 seconds were left, and by then Fairmont had a 51-45 lead.

“We just don’t trust our offense yet,” Lewis said. “We had a couple of guys try to go one-on-one too much late in the game.

“And Fairmont played harder than we played. They got every loose ball. They just deserved to win.”

West held Fairmont to 13 points in each of the first two quarters but gave up 17 points in the third quarter.

“Defensively,” Lewis said, “I thought we didn’t play bad the first half. Then we got away from that a little bit in the second half.

Wally Kamfolt finished with 12 points. Alfy Hill had eight points, Marcus Jackson seven, Eric Hewett seven, Pat Kamfolt six, Randy Daniels four, Ryan Hill two and Thomas Reaves two.

Against West Bladen, Wally Kamfolt scored 14 points and Jackson 10 (with 12 total rebounds). Pat Kamfolt scored eight, Alfy Hill seven and Ryan Hill four.

“It’s early in the season,” Lewis said. “I just have to make sure they run their (plays) all the time instead of every third time.”

WEST’S JV BOYS

BEAT W. BLADEN

West’s junior varsity boys opened the season by losing to West Bladen 58-53.

For the Trojans, Marquese Johnson had 12 points. Justin Cook scored 11 points and had three rebounds and one steal. Quan Bates scored nine points. Geoffry Gore scored nine points and had two steals. Roman Smyth had six points.