Westhill girls hoops holds off Marcellus

Warriors, Ludden both pick up pair of victories

Coming off a defeat to Nottingham on Jan. 18, the Westhill girls basketball team had to wait nearly a week to get back on the court.

When it did, though, the Warriors, who had fallen to no. 17 in the state Class B rankings, earned back-to-back wins, including Friday night’s tough 57-49 decision over Marcellus.

They had played a similar game on Dec. 13, Westhill trailing in the fourth quarter before rallying late to prevail 47-38. Now, on the Mustangs’ home floor, it proved a bit different.

For much of the night, the Warriors’ defense was solid and consistent, never letting Marcellus put together any sort of scoring burst. Meanwhile, Westhill used a 22-9 second-quarter spurt to take control, and extended its lead to 50-29 before easing up in the final period.

By then, Sam Peebles had put up 19 points to lead both sides, with Anna Ross close behind as she earned 17 points. Delaney Martin got 11 points and Mary Kate Washburn managed eight points.

No one on the Mustangs got close to the totals of Peebles or Ross, as Shelby Nye and Meghan Witkowski managed 10 points apiece, with Molly MacLachlan (eight points) and Nicole Wynne (seven points) close behind.

A night earlier, Westhill rolled past Jordan-Elbridge 79-23, going up 25-6 in the first quarter and then limiting the Eagles to a single free throw in the second period as the margin kept growing.

Ross, in particular, enjoyed the night, outscoring J-E by herself as she managed 26 points. Peebles finished with 13 points, with Martin getting eight points, Meghan Burke a season-best seven points and Washburn six points. Alexis Rouse led J-E with 10 points.

Marcellus played last Tuesday and ended a brief two-game skid as it got past the Hannibal Warriors in a 50-38 decision.

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