By Michael Kinney
The Norman Transcript
OKLAHOMA CITY — For the second time this week Westmoore faced a team ranked in the top-10 in the state in Class 6A. Also for the second time, it came away from the contest knowing it let a victory slip through its fingers after losing 42-35 to No. 6 Booker T. Washington Saturday in the semifinals of the Lady Jags Classic.
“We played No. 2 now and No. 3,” Westmoore coach Andrea Guziec said. “We can stick right there with them. We just need to figure out how to get over the hump. That’s doing some little things, like rebounding better.”
The Jaguars face Carl Albert at 4:30 p.m. today in the third place game while the Hornets will take on Sapulpa at 6 p.m. for the tournament championship. BTW coach Annette Kennedy hopes to see a better performance from her squad.
“I want to see much better mental intuitive play to be able to stay with them,” Kennedy said. “They (Sapulpa) are a smart team. They take advantage of little mistakes you make and make you pay for it.”
With BTW struggling shooting from the perimeter against Westmoore, it was Taylor Sells who kept the team afloat early. She was able to drive deep into the paint for layups over the Westmoore front court.
But it was turnovers that really hurt the Jaguars in the first half. Whether it was in half court sets or fastbreak opportunities, they threw the ball away several times.
Westmoore still only trailed 20-17 at halftime.
The Jaguars’ post game was shutdown by the Hornets’ Makenzie Ellis. If she didn’t block the shots, she forced Westmoore to alter their shots.
The Jags took a one-point lead early in the fourth quarter at 32-31. The Hornets responded with 6-0 run. This allowed BTW to spread the court and try to dribble the clock out for the last five minutes.
The Jaguars weren’t able to force the Hornets into turning the ball over and were forced to send the Hornets to the foul line. They were 12 for 20 from the line on the night. The Jags were only 3 for 6 from the charity stripe.
Makenzie led the Hornets with 11 points. Sells added 8 and Aiya El Hassen chipped in with 7.
Ashley Gomez posted a game high 17 points. Kaci Richardson scored 8 and Callie Palmer added 6.
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