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Westwood doubles up Vikings

Westwood’s Malayziah Etheredge tries to get a layup by Spring Valley’s Jillian McNally. Photo by Perry McLeod

Westwood’s Malayziah Etheredge tries to get a layup by Spring Valley’s Jillian McNally. Photo by Perry McLeod

The Westwood Redhawks girls’ basketball team paid its return visit to its Spring Valley counterparts last Tuesday night, December 17, with similar results.

Right now, the Lady Redhawks are soaring. Over almost eight minutes overlapping the first and second quarters, the Redhawks broke out an 18- 1 run to take command of the game and coast to a 61-30 win over the Lady Vikings.

Westwood (9-1) put nine players in the scorebook, three in double figures. Jessica Woods led the way with 12 points, and Malayziah Etheredge and Ja’Mari Frederick finished with 11 points each. All-star senior forward and team tri-captain Nyah Leveretter sat on the bench nursing a rolled ankle from a game earlier in the week.

Freshman guard Jaidah Liebert led Spring Valley (1-6) with a game-high 16 points. The Vikings are as thin and inexperienced as they have been in years. Seven varsity players dressed on Tuesday night. Spring Valley started a senior, two freshmen, and two sophomores, none taller than 5’- 7”.

The Vikings fought back to a respectable 28- 16 deficit at halftime, as Liebert had two field goals, senior Maryah Lance had a field goal and two free throws, and Jillian McNally chipped in a field goal and a free throw.

“I thought we came out very sluggish,” Westwood head coach Gregory Bauldrick said. “We needed to be concerned about our execution and playing with the kind of intensity we are going to need. We did not do that in the first half at all. We talked about that at halftime a little bit and got refocused.

We came out in the third quarter and played like we know how to play.”

Westwood started the third quarter on a 17-0 run, as Etheredge got seven of her 11 points. Jessica Woods, TreShauna McCant, Tamia Thompson, Ja’la Wade, and Ja’- Mari Frederick chipped in a little offensive help. Inside the last two minutes of the quarter, the Vikings got a free throw from Jillian McNally and a deuce and a three from Liebert.

The Redhawks put up a 14- 8 effort in the fourth quarter to coast to the win. Westwood (61): Jessica Woods 12, Malayziah Etheredge 11, Ja’Mari Frederick 11, Courtney Jones 7, TreShauna McCant 6, Ja’la Wade 6, Tamia Thompson 4, Erin Mines 2, Imani Simon 2. Spring Valley (30): Jaidah Liebert 16, Maryah Lane 6, Madison Entzminger 4, Jillian McNally 4.

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