Fuller tipped his cap to the Jags’ front-court, which he led. In addition to his double-double, DerVon Hill finished 5 of 6 from the field with 12 points, only two of them coming from outside the paint. To go with that, Landon Smith added 15 from distance, canning 4 of 5 3-point attempts.
“Our goal coming in was that if we could box out and get on the boards, we’d be successful,” Fuller said.
The Jags led 29-24 in the category.
Michael Kish, Clark and Bernardello each led the Tigers with four rebounds.
A well played game, NHS committed only eight turnovers, while Westmoore committed a reasonable 14.
The Tigers’ issue was a lack of offense very early, when they scored just eight points in the first quarter and were fortunate to trail only 26-20 at the half, and again at the very end.
“The ball just didn’t seem to fall for us,” Thornton said. “We just didn’t make plays when we needed to.”
Westmoore girls 56, NHS 42: The Tigers appeared to have a clear idea what they wanted to do against Westmoore, but the bigger Jaguars simply wouldn’t let them turn it into enough points.
Struggling to score throughout, NHS pulled within 40-32 with a quarter remaining, yet five Westmoore points to begin the frame all but put the contest out of reach.
Bethany Franks, a 6-foot freshman, led the Tigers with 22 points.
Taylor Ely added 11 and Chandler Coale finished with eight.
Callie Palmer led the Jaguars with 17 points. Sydney Chastain added 15.
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