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DWS boys, girls power past region foe Westfield

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- After his fourth 3-pointer of the first half Tuesday, Banks Kinslow couldn't help but shake his head.

"We ran the same play every time," said Kinslow, whose fast start, coupled with Tyrone Culbreth's monster game in the paint, led to Deerfield-Windsor's 65-43 win against Westfield.

Kinslow finished with 17 points and was on fire from long range, popping from the perimeter time and again as the Knights improved to 5-0 in GISA Region 1-AAA after the first loop of games.

"They kept leaving me wide open right there," Kinslow said. "I was just in disbelief that they left me open (again)."

To make matters worse for Westfield, which fell to Deerfield in the region title game last season, Kinslow wasn't even the star of the game. Culbreth, the Knights' sophomore forward, bullied his way to 22 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.

And then there was Ramello Carter, whose stop-and-pop jumpers in the lane killed the Hornets. Carter posted 18 points and six boards.

"We had a good mixture of inside and outside," said Knights head coach Gordy Gruhl, whose team led Westfield, 13-2, four minutes into the game. "I thought we really got out of the chute well."

Deerfield (12-3) has now won eight straight and hasn't lost in a month following a double-digit defeat to GISA power First Presbyterian Christian. The Hornets (11-6, 3-2 Region 3-AAA), which had won five straight coming in, caught the Knights at a bad time.

"We're starting to get a feel for it," Gruhl said. "We're just playing good fundamental basketball right now."

The Knights led, 21-10, after one quarter and hounded Westfield's perimeter shooters all night. Carter started a 12-1 run to end the first half with a pull-up jumper after Westfield's Sam Ledford cut the led to 28-19 with three minutes left before intermission. DWS led, 40-20, at the break and scored the first seven points of the second half to run away.

Deerfield begins the second round of region play Friday at home against Tiftarea.

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DEERFIELD GIRLS 45, WESTFIELD 38:

The Lady Knights trailed for three quarters but won the fourth in decisive fashion to avenge last season's region title loss to Westfield.

DWS (13-4, 5-0 Region 1-AAA) trailed, 29-26, at halftime and was down one after three quarters before rallying in the fourth quarter by outscoring the Lady Hornets 10-2.

Sarah Shellhass and Morgan Phillips dominated on the glass and the points followed. Shellhass scored 16 to go with nine boards, while Phillips scored 12 and added eight rebounds. Courtney Kelson added seven points and three steals.

Jeanna Rust led Westfield (14-3, 3-1 Region 3-AAA) with 10 points.

The Lady Knights ended Westfield's 11-game win streak. Deerfield hosts Tiftarea on Friday.