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West wins back-to-back in MEC

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

West Brunswick rallied from a 16-point deficit in the third quarter to beat Ashley 52-48 Friday in a Mideastern Coference basketball game.

West held Ashley scoreless for nearly eight minutes in the third and fourth quarters in rallying for the victory, the Lady Trojans’ second straight in the MEC. West is 2-7 in the MEC, 9-10 overall.

Breana Gause finished with 12 points, Kayla Padgett and Sheena Suttlemyre 11 each, Rebecca Sidelinger 10 and Jasmine Daniels eight. Gause had eight rebounds and Jackson six. Suttlemyre had four assists.

“We just got after it defensively,” West coach James Walker said. West began the game in a man-to-man defense and then switched to zone. But Ashley began to turn the game into a rout.

“We decided we just needed to get after it in a man-to-man,” Walker said.

Offensively, West used its outside shooting and inside play in the comeback.

“We told Jasmine Daniels during a timeout that when Suttlemyre had the ball, she needed to get down and look for a shot. She did that.”

Daniels hit two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

“She knocked down some big shots,” Walker said. “And we talked about feeding the post. That was one of our game plans. We didn’t get around to that until toward the end. We were able to get it inside to Padgett and Sidelinger. They made some key baskets and also got to the free-throw line.”

West trailed 37-21 with four minutes left in the third quarter when it began its comeback.

After a free throw by Sidelinger, Daniels hit a short jumper and Suttlemyre hit a 3-pointer, leaving West down 37-27 at the end of the quarter.

A field goal and two free throws by Padgett cut the lead to 37-31. Daniels then hit the two 3-pointers.

After a layup by Ashley with 4:19 left, Suttlemyre scored and later hit a free throw, putting West ahead 40-39 with 3:21 left.

A pass from Padgett to Sidelinger led to a score, and a 3-point play by Padgett put West ahead 45-41 with 2:23 left.

The Screaming Eagles made a layup with 1:58 left and a free throw with 1:16 left, but Daniels passed to Gause for a basket with 1:04 left, giving West a 47-44 lead. Sidelinger then rebounded an errant Ashley shot and that led to a break and the prettiest play of the game. Daniels passed to Gause for the layup and a 49-44 lead.

A score by Ashley cut the lead to 49-46, and after West missed a free throw with 20.7 seconds left, Ashley scored and was fouled with 9.3 seconds left. Ashley missed the score-tying free throw but regained possession after a jump ball was called as players reached for the rebound. A potential game-winning shot was missed but Suttlemyre was fouled after she grabbed the rebound with 2.7 seconds left.

“The girls are really starting to play well together,” Walker said. “Teamwork. We were having too much individual stuff. Now they’re looking for one another.”

WEST 48

NEW HANOVER 44

Breana Gause hit four 3-pointers and scored 23 points as West beat New Hanover 48-44 Jan. 29 for its first conference victory of the season. Gause also had 11 rebounds.

“Breana Gause was just unbelievable,” West coach James Walker said. “She was a one-man wrecking crew.”

West trailed 39-34 with 4:13 left when Gause hit a 3-pointer, her third of the game. After a free throw by the Wildcats, Gause hit a score-tying 3-pointer from the left wing with 2:21 left. Seconds later, a steal by Sheena Suttlemyre and her pass to Kayla Padgett put West up 42-40 with 2:03 left.

With the score tied 44-44 and 59 seconds left, Suttlemyre hit 1-of-2 free throws. Padgett rebounded a New Hanover missed shot, and that led to a break in which Jasmine Daniels was fouled after getting a pass from Suttlemyre. Daniels made 1-of-2 free throws with 38.7 seconds left, giving West a 46-44 lead. Padgett rebounded another New Hanover miss, with 12 seconds left, and Suttlemyre hit two free throws with 9.5 seconds left to clinch the victory.

Suttlemyre finished with nine points and five assists. Daniels and Padgett each scored six points. Daniels had five assists. Padgett had eight rebounds and three steals. Taylor Ambrose and Rebecca Sidelinger each scored two points.

West trailed 14-9 in the second quarter, but baskets by Padgett and Sideliner and a 3-pointer by Gause tied the score 16-16.

Near the end of the quarter, a jump shot by Suttlemyre, a score by Gause and her 3-pointer just before the buzzer put West ahead 23-18 at the half. But in the third quarter, nine West turnovers allowed New Hanover to outscore West 11-6 and tie the score 29-29.

At the start of the fourth quarter, a 3-pointer and a jump shot by Daniels gave West a 34-31 left, but New Hanover rallied and took a 39-34 lead. West controlled the rest of the game, committing just one turnover.

“We played really hard,” Walker said. “I thought we played good defense. We didn’t have quite as many turnovers.

“We had double-digit assists—early in the year we were lucky to have four or five a game. That’s that teamwork were we talking about. And heart. The girls are playing with heart.”

WHITE OAK 48

WEST GIRLS 44

JACKSONVILLE—Thirty-three turnovers were too much for West to overcome in the conference loss Jan. 27.

White Oak led 10-7 after the first quarter but West outscored the Vikings 13-4 in the second quarter to take a 20-14 lead at the half.

White Oak outscored the Trojans 17-13 in the third quarter, cutting West’s lead to 43-41. But White Oak outscored West 17-11 in the final eight minutes for the victory.

For the game, West missed 10-of-17 free throws.

For West, sophomore Kayla Padgett scored 13 points and had 16 rebounds. She also had four steals.

Sheena Suttlemyre and Breana Gause each scored 10 points. Gause had nine rebounds. Suttlemyre had six rebounds and four steals. Jasmine Daniels scored six points and had five assists. Jasmine Jackson had six rebounds and one point. Taylor Ambrose and Rebecca Sidelinger each scored two points.

WEST JV GIRLS

LOSE TWO

West lost 55-9 to New Hanover. Kourtney Johnson had four points, Whitney McKeithan three and Nicole Turner two. West lost 60-15 to Hoggard. Johnson had nine points, Turner six and Laricka Miller two.

MICHAEL PAUL is the sports editor at the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or at sports@brunswickbeacon.com.