ALBANY — The Westover boys basketball team rode a big second quarter run to an easy 91-52 victory Saturday night at home against the Terrell County Greenwave.
The Patriots (4-1) turned up the pressure in a huge way, smothering the Greenwave (1-1) with their full-court press, which ended up being the difference maker.
“We have two, sometimes three different groups that we can throw at teams and really wear them down until the fourth quarter, which gives us an advantage,” Westover head coach Dallis Smith said.
Coming off a lost Friday night in Tifton, Smith said he was concerned his squad may start the game a little flat. His premonition was correct as the Greenwave forced some early turnovers and got out in transition, putting together an early run that made Smith put in his second unit.
“Once we got the right group out there and were able to generate a little pressure, the kids kind of came around,” he said.
Westover’s Andre Kennedy was the high man for both teams, scoring 18 points.
“(I was) just being aggressive and looking for my shot,” Kennedy said of his performance. “I just tried to get to the basket and draw contact. We lost a tough game (Friday), so we knew we had to pick it up.”
The Patriots picked it up collectively with 12 different players making their way on the scoring sheet. C.J. Davis and Kameron Wallace each had 13 points, Michael Green scored 11 points and Jacobi Crattie added eight points.
“We all brought more intensity (Saturday) because we realized that they were not supposed to be in the game with us,” Davis said.
Terrell County’s lead man was Detravion Bishop, who scored 10 points. Joseph Ward and Keontae Terry had nine points apiece and Tiavelle Stephens and Brycedon Tobie each scored eight points.
Playing in only its second game of the season, Terrell County proved in the first quarter that with the right focus and aggressiveness it can contend with the better teams. Head coach John Davis said through one of his assistants that each game is a learning process and the team must use them to get better.
After building such a big lead before halftime, Westover only had one real challenge in the second half: to keep its intensity up in the final 16 minutes. Smith said he impressed upon his players the importance of playing sound basketball regardless of the score.
“This was a good win for us, and one that will give us momentum for our next game,” Davis said.
WESTOVER GIRLS CRUISE: A 27-4 third quarter was more than enough for the Westover Lady Patriots to put away the Terrell County Lady Greenwave, dismantling them 58-17 Saturday night at Westover High School.
Westover’s Achanti Layfield led the way for her team with 13 points. AuBreAna Moore also scored in double figures with 10 points. MyKesa Smith had nine points, and Tiana Campbell and Danae Cheatham each added seven points.
The Lady Patriots are now a perfect 7-0 on the season.
The Lady Greenwave scored just one points in the fourth quarter and fell to 1-2 on the season. For several parts of the game both teams were in a 2-3 defense, but only Westover’s proved to be effective.
Takerian Jordan and Brittany Williams scored six points apiece for Terrell, while Lacambria Hammond chipped in four points.