LEESBURG - Lee County had a lot more trouble coming back from a long layoff than Westover did with recovering from back-to-back big games.
The Patriots came back a night after defeating state-ranked Thomasville at the Civic Center to run away from the Trojans, 76-55, on Saturday at Lee County High, thanks to 13 points from Herald Super 6er Malcolm Sapp.
"Coming back, we're still trying to get our legs under us, so it was tough," said Trojans head coach Tim McPherson, whose team hadn't played in 12 days. "I was kind of hoping we could catch them a little tired and I think we did there in the first half. I thought for at least a half, we played with one of the better teams in the state."
Westover head coach Dallis Smith went with a starting lineup of Justin Coley, Trent Brown, Gregory Hall, Anthony Melvin and Damian Ball, usual reserves while his starters rested for a quarter.
The two teams played to a 13-13 deadlock after one quarter and were tied at 17-all before Brandon Hudson scored six points during a 9-0 Westover run in the second quarter to held the Patriots build a 34-22 halftime lead and later pull away in the second half.
"I tried starting some new guys, trying to get them some experience," Smith said. "We're still trying to evaluate what we need to do going into region play (Tuesday) against Crisp (County)."
Hudson led Westover (9-4) with 14 points. Malcolm Sapp hit two threes and finished with 13 points. Lee County was led by freshman Josh Cabrera's 15 points, while Tanner Stone added 14.
The Trojans (2-10), which begin Region 1-AAAA play Tuesday at Northside, Warner Robins, had to play Saturday and for the foreseeable future without Super 6er Sanford Seay. Seay, who committed to play football at the University of Georgia last week, will put basketball on the backburner as he focuses on shoring up his academic work, McPherson said.
"He's concentrating on trying to be qualified," McPherson said of Seay. "We just have to move on. He's concentrating on being Georgia-bound and I think that's what he needs to do."
The Trojans will also play the rest of the season without senior James Terrell, who was dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons.
Lee County hopes to draw some confidence from being able to hang with Westover for a while heading into region play. McPherson believes only a few teams in the region will be as strong as Westover.
"I don't know if there's anybody as big as Westover (in the region)," McPherson said. "Bainbridge is going to be tough. As far as size, the Drew kid (Ray Drew) at TCC is a banger."
Westover, meanwhile, hopes to ride the momentum of the last two non-region wins Friday and Saturday into Tuesday's matchup with Crisp County.
"(Crisp is) probably one of the scrappiest teams in the region," Smith said. "They've got all those kids back."
WESTOVER GIRLS 73, LEE COUNTY 55:
Super 6er DyTiesha Dunson scored 24 points and rallied a slow-starting Lady Patriots team that trailed Lee County 12-2 in the first four minutes of the game.
Lee County's DaQuenna Moore helped the Lady Trojans fly out of the gate before she picked up two quick fouls, but still finished with 24 points of her own in the loss.
Westover (11-1) got 13 points from Cessiley Colwell, while Ieshia Young scored 10 and Kahler Fletcher added nine.
Lee County (7-5) got 11 points from Carle Ely and Jessica Clinton chipped in nine.
The Lady Patriots rebounded from their first loss of the season Friday against Thomasville by scored 42 points in the first half and led by 11 at the break. Westover went on a 24-2 run between the first and second quarters to pull away.
Dunson recorded four steals in the win.