Westover coach Lewis Smith's girls team is now 22-0 with just three regular-season games left as Herald No. 1 Lady Patriots close in on their first perfect record in school history.
DAWSON — DyTiesha Dunson didn’t have much to say after Westover’s perfect Lady Patriots beat Terrell County, 36-21, on Saturday night to improve to 22-0.
Someone smiled and said, “Nice game,’’ to Dunson, a Herald Super 6er who has led Westover for three seasons.
“Oh,’’ Dunson said. “You’ve got jokes.’’
After all, Dunson didn’t play Saturday.
Westover is no joke, and the Lady Patriots proved just how deep they are Saturday when Dunson and fellow Super 6er Ieshia Young both sat out against Class A Terrell County.
“DyTiesha got hurt here last year and she was out three or four weeks,’’ said Westover coach Lewis Smith, remembering a leg injury that sidelined Dunson a season ago. “I didn’t feel good about it. I just decided not to play her (and Young). It worked out.’’
Everything has been working out for the Lady Patriots, who are ranked No. 1 in The Herald’s Fab 5 poll and No. 2 in the Class AAA state poll behind defending state champion Washington County.
They’re trying to become the first girls team in Westover history to have an undefeated season. They’re 22-0 with three games left in the regular season, starting next Friday against Crisp County — the team that beat Westover in the state quarterfinals a year ago. Then they finish against Monroe and Americus-Sumter, two of the better teams in Region 1-AAA.
“If we were going to get a break this was going to be it,’’ Smith said. “(Dunson and Young) will be on the floor from now on until the end of the season.’’
It also gave Smith a chance to look at next year’s team as five underclassmen did the damage Saturday.
Mykesa Smith, a sophomore, and Aubre Ann Moore, a freshman, each scored 10 points to lead Westover. Shanteria Williams, a junior who goes by the nickname “Jay,” scored eight points, all in the second half, and grabbed eight rebounds. Sophomores Ashanti Layfield and ToiAnnah Campbell combined for seven points in the low-scoring game.
“In the second half, Jay took over,’’ Smith said of Williams. “Jay is going to be a force next year. And I really liked the play of my three guards (Smith, Layfield and Campbell). I was real happy with them.’’
Westover did just enough to beat a Terrell County team that has improved steadily this season. The Lady Greenwave (5-16) was led by Terkerian Jordan, who scored nine points.
But Westover’s youth movement still proved to be too much.
“They play together in practice,’’ Smith said of his young team that played Saturday without Dunson and her leadership. “But to do it without (Dunson) to put them in the right direction, that was big for them, both defensively and offensively.
“We get a break (with no game on Tuesday) and then we have three hard games ahead of us. It worked out in this game.’’