Weather has, at times, caused all kinds of issues with the early portion of the high school sports winter schedule. For example, Westhill’s girls basketball team had two games snowed out before it took on Bishop Grimes Thursday night.
And perhaps that lack of game effort hurt the Warriors early, but it turned things around just in time and, with a strong second-half defensive effort, knocked off the Cobras 48-44.
With the no. 4 spot in the first state Class B rankings of the winter, Westhill knew that it was a prime target, especially for someone like Grimes, who carried a 4-1 record into the game that included a tough 51-45 win over Marcellus earlier in the week.
And even when one of the Cobras’ top players, Tina Hoag, left the game with an ankle injury in the first quarter, Teresa Shattuck came in and scored eight points in the first half.
Shattuck, Jordan Vaught (seven points) and Julia Freeman (six points) all made contributions as Grimes constantly found gaps in Westhill’s defenses during an impressive second-quarter surge. By halftime, the Warriors were staring at a 31-23 deficit.
Then, according to head coach Sue Ludwig, “we just played with more intensity and fight.”
Led again by seniors Anna Ross and Sam Peebles, the Warriors made up that eight-point deficit in just four minutes of third-quarter time, but that was just a warm-up.
Peebles’ back-to-back 3-pointers helped Westhill move ahead for good, and it went on a 10-0 run early in the fourth quarter. With its defense in top form, Grimes was held without a field goal for more than eight minutes, until the final seconds, when it proved too late.
Of Peebles’ 13 points, 10 of them came in the second half. Ross led with 15 points, while Emily Washburn earned eight points. Vaught (14 points), Shattuck (12 points) and Freeman (10 points) all hit double figures for Grimes despite those late struggles.