High School Basketball
Westlake uses 2nd-half runs to sweep East Coweta
by Doug Gorman
Westlake basketball teams showed why they are among the top lineups in Region 3-AAAAAA Tuesday night while sweeping East Coweta on Tuesday at John Thrower Gym.
Westlake lineups turned games that were close early into easy victories, winning the girls matchup 71-51 and the boys 81-63.
In girls action, Westlake only led 20-15 at the in the first quarter and 34-26 at the break, but the Lady Indians had trouble stopping junior power forward Anriel Howard throughout the night.
Howard scored 11 points in the first quarter, but she was just getting started. Throughout the game, the Lady Lions team captain got open for easy shots, finishing with 25 points to lead all scorers.
Her play helped Westlake move to 13-4 overall and 2-1 in region play. East Coweta fell to 6-7 overall and 1-2 in region play.
East Coweta stayed in the game with the help of senior guard Kiandrea Hall. Hall’s 3-point shooting.
Hall knocked down two 3-point shots in the first quarter including a long-range shot to stop a run by Westlake that pushed the Lady Lions margin to double digits.
However, Hall’s second 3-point shot of the first quarter, cut the gap to 18-9.
Hall finished the game with 15 points for the Lady Indians, finishing with five 3-pointers.
Mekhia Freeman led East Coweta on its most impressive run of the game late in the first quarter scoring three straight baskets to cut the margin to 20-15.
East Coweta cut the lead to four when Eboni Williams hit one of two free throws to trim the margin to 20-16.
Williams also added 15 points for the Lady Indians,
That was as close as East Coweta could as Howard and Lia Thomas took over for the Lady Lions down the stretch.
The Lady Lions put the game out of reach in the third quarter pushing the margin to 53-38 heading into the final period.
Franceska Brown had eight straight points for Lady Lions, including on back-to-back 3-point shots.
Her final 3-point at the end of the third quarter pushed the lead to 53-38.
WESTLAKE 81, EAST COWETA 63 (boys) The East Coweta Indians love the 3-point shot and they tried to use the strategy against a one-loss Westlake team as part of their upset plan.
For a time, it looked like it might work.
In the end, Westlake’s up-tempo game helped the squad roll to the Region 3-AAAAAA win.
East Coweta finished the game with six treys, but most of them fell in the first half.
When they were falling, they were game changers.
East Coweta’s Zach Walker was among the Indians dropping the 3-pointers for the Indians.
Three of his treys gave East Coweta leads, including one in the second quarter he broke a tie and gave the Indians a 30-27 lead.
Delavonte Powell, Sterling Tyson also got into the 3-point act early.
However, Westlake, however, pushed the lead to 52-45 at the break.
The Lions pulled away in the third quarter opening the margin out to 60-48.
However after Jared Heard hitting a basket for Westlake to put them up 60-48, the Lions slowed down the game, turning the contest into a game of keep away as they passed the ball around without driving to the basket in an effort to bring the Indians out of their 2-3 zone.
The Lions held the ball for nearly two minutes before taking a shot. Eventually, they pushed the lead to 66-52 heading into the fourth quarter.
They held East Coweta to just 18 points in the second half.
Despite the loss, East Coweta spread the scoring wealth, placing three players in double figures.
Walker led the way with a 20-point effort. Jeremy Farmer chipped in 17 and Sterling Tyson added 12.
Westlake placed four players in double figures with Dominic Joseph adding 22, Tyler Williams 20 and Raymond Saunders 16, Micaiah Henry 14.
The Lions improved their record to 16-1 overall and 3-0 in league play. East Coweta dropped to 2-12 and 0-3.
Lady Lions 71, Lady Indians 51
WESTLAKE 20 14 19 18—71
EAST COWETA—15 9 12 13—51
WESTLAKE–Boykin 5, Scott 2, Hoskins 6, Thomas 8, Westpoint 7, Favors 2, Brown 18, Howard 25
EAST COWETA—Pettaway 3, Sanchez 4, Williams 15, Roberts 5, Hall 15, Freeman 7, Wisby 2
LIONS 81, INDIANS 63
WESTLAKE 27 25 14 13–81
EAST COWETA 28 17 7 11—63
Westlake—Joseph 22, Williams 20, Sauders 16, Heard 1, Henry 14, Lamb 1, Hines 8
East Coweta—Rose 2, Powell 5, Tyson 12, Walker 20, Gray 1, Farmer 17, Dunham 2, Mitchell 4