Crisp Academy center Madi Mitchell poured in 27 points Friday night to lead the Lady Wildcats past Westwood.
CAMILLA — One of these days, Westwood girls head basketball coach Jenni Smith says, her team will beat their neighboring nemesis.
But that day was not Friday.
For what seems like the 100th time in three years, the two rivals met head-to-head, and once again the Lady Wildcats from Cordele — the two-time defending GISA Class A state champ — ended up on top of the Lady Wildcats from Camilla — the two-time defending GISA Class A runner-up. This time is was 45-40.
All Smith could do was sigh — and wait for another day.
“They continue to be our measuring stick,” Smith began, “and we continue to keep coming up short.”
Westwood (3-1) can thank Crisp’s Madi Mitchell for that.
Mitchell, a sophomore who has been terrorizing the paint since she was an eighth-grader on the team coached by her mother Gina, led with 27 points. But more importantly, she was 9-for-9 at the line. No one else scored in double figures for Crisp — Kayla Childers was next with nine points — as the Lady Wildcats improved to 7-1. With her scoring output, Madi became the fastest to 2,000 points in school history.
Gina Mitchell, however, was only thinking about the win after the game.
“It feels good every time you beat them because it always feels like when we play it’s like, ‘OK, here’s the state championship all over again,’ ” the coach said. “And that makes us nervous against them because the odds are in their favor they’re going to beat us. But I’m proud of the girls. They played good.”
Rachell Harrell led Westwood with 15, followed by eight from Callie Smith.
Westwood will return to action in the Vidalia Christian Tournament next Friday, while Crisp next plays at Tiftarea today.