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Westover boys, girls hoops lay smack down on Lee County

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- Dequan Green couldn't do much wrong Tuesday night, and even when he made a small mistake things still went Westover's way.

The Patriots used a red-hot first quarter to roll neighboring Lee County, 83-46, while Green hit four of Westover's eight three-pointers to finish with a game-high 29 points.

"(That's) just me being into the game, just trying to contribute to the team and distribute when I can," Green said.

Even when Green was trying to pass, he still found the basket. After Green scored the first eight points for Herald No. 2 Westover, he hit three treys in the first half, while Brandon Hudson added two and Malcolm Sapp hit one to build a 29-11 lead headed into the second quarter.

Green attempted to alley-oop the ball to Sapp on a fast-break, but the ball caught the side rim and bounced into the net for two more points.

"We tried to connect on that (alley-oop), but it didn't go the way as planned," said Green, who had 19 points at the half. "That was the first time doing that. (Malcolm) thought it was funny. Everybody thought it was funny."

Westover's size advantage inside was no laughing matter for Lee County (0-4), which struggled to keep the Patriots off the boards for second- and third-chance points.

James Terrell scored 14 points to lead the Trojans, while Randolph Southern transfer Tanner Stone added 12 points. Sanford Seay chipped in seven points.

Westover, meanwhile, had 13 players score points, with Hudson finishing with 12 as the only other Patriot in double-figures. Sapp added eight.

After a 27-point loss in the season opener to Class AAAAA power Tift County and a tight one-point win against cross-town rival Albany, Westover (2-1) may have wondered just how much it lost in the offseason.

"(The loss) made us go into the game more intense," Green said. "We just had to learn from our mistakes and keep playing hard."

Westover travels to Thomasville on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. tip. Lee County hosts Worth County on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

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WESTOVER GIRLS 55, LEE COUNTY 33:

Westover's Lady Patriots kept their unbeaten streak alive to start the season with a strong second quarter that turned a close game into a double-digit lead at halftime.

DyTiesha Dunson scored 17 points in the win and finished with six rebounds and five steals. Lee County (1-3) held Dunson partly in check in the first half (eight points), but never got closer than the 30-17 halftime deficit in the second half.

"We'd make a little run at it, but at critical times we'd turn the ball over and not finish the shot," Lee County head coach Fran McPherson said. "We didn't make stops when we needed to make stops. We're not crashing on the boards like we need to do to get our second shot (opportunities)."

Lady Trojans senior guard Carle Ely, who finished with nine points, hit a jumper with 7:16 to play in the second quarter to cut the Westover lead to 16-12, but that was as close as Lee County would keep it. Herald No. 1 Westover (5-0) outscored Lee, 16-7, in the second quarter and used a late 5-0 run to finish the first half.

Westover's Ieshia Young scored all 10 of her points in the second half, while Cessily Colwell scored seven. Lee County was led by Jessica Clinton's 11 points. Heather Besson added seven in the loss.

Westover travels to Thomasville on Friday at 6 p.m., while Lee County hosts Worth County on Saturday at 7 p.m.