ALBANY -- Going into Tuesday night's game with Lee County, Westover Coach Dallis Smith wanted to accomplish two goals: pound the ball inside and play a lot of people.
Well, mission accomplished.
Led by 14 points from Chris Wheeler and 12 from Onochie Ochie, the Patriots shredded Lee County in the paint en route to an 82-55 victory. All 15 players on Westover's bench saw action and 12 scored as the Patriots improved to 2-0 on the young season.
Lee, which remained winless at 0-4, got 19 points from James Terrell and 18 from Jakoby Mallory.
The Patriots held a slim 19-15 lead at the end of the first period, but began forcing the ball inside in the second quarter, and spurred by 6 points from Wheeler, widened the gap to 44-23 at the half. The outmanned Trojans never got closer than 19 the rest of the evening.
"Coming in, we knew they were kind of small," Wheeler said. "Our plan was to work it inside before we took any jump shots. It was a good win for us (Tuesday night), but we still need to get serious as a team about our focus and all get on the same page."
The Patriots did not attempt a three-point shot all night and rarely ventured outside of the lane for their points.
"We were aware of our size advantage, and we wanted to concentrate on getting the ball down low," Smith said. "We have two big games coming up against Randolph-Clay and Terrell County and I wanted to see if we could focus on doing one thing (Tueday)."
Westover will host Randolph-Clay on Friday, while Lee County will entertain Worth County.
WESTOVER GIRLS 58, LEE COUNTY 55: DyTiesha Dunson hit a running layup to spark a 6-0 Westover run to open the fourth quarter as the Lady Patriot grabbed a 52-47 lead against Lee County and held on to the beat the Lady Trojans.
Dunson, who led all scorers with 20 points, was held scoreless in the first period but erupted in the second half to help push the Lady Pats to 2-0 on the year. Kahler Fletcher chipped in with 10 points.
Lee County, which fell to 5-2 with the loss, got 14 points from DaQuenna Moore and 17 from Lindsey Crawford. Moore and Crawford, however, combined for just two points in the crucial fourth period.
"We had a couple of turnovers and missed some free throws during (Westover's) run at us at the start of the fourth period," Lee County coach Fran McPherson said. "They converted our turnovers into points. Those were unforced errors (and) we seemed like we were out to lunch mentally. Moore played an outstanding game for us. We're very young and we still have a lot to learn."
The Lady Pats, meanwhile, gave a performance their coach was pleased with.
"We beat a great team (Tuesday night)," Westover coach Lewis Smith said. "We were trying to slow down their tall girl (Crawford) with a guard and that wasn't working. But we got it better at the start of the fourth period. We have room to grow and (this win) helped."