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Lady Westerners clobber MMC

Thursday, January 17, 2008

(Sentinel photo by Ty Capron) A-W's Kayla Smith takes a shot up in the lane against an MMC defender Tuesday in the Lady Westerners' 65-13 win over the visiting Eagles.
With a physical War Eagle Conference game against South O'Brien looming on Friday, the Akron-Westfield Westerner's girl's basketball team wasn't caught looking ahead with an impressive 65-13 home victory over Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn.

After beating the Eagles 62-36 the last time the two teams met, the Westerners made sure this one wouldn't be as close as they raced out to a 9-0 lead before MMC recorded their first point. A-W built on that 9-2 lead by pounding the ball inside to sophomore Karly Groon, who owned the paint on Tuesday night, and extended their lead to 17-2 after the first quarter of play.

The second quarter featured more of a fast-paced tempo and it made for a closer game as A-W was only able to score 13 points while holding MMC to seven. With a commanding 21 point lead, the Westerners took their 30-9 and headed for the locker room.

(Sentinel photo by Ty Capron) A-W's Jordan Harris fires up a shot from the corner over MMC defender Jessica Zubrod Tuesday in the Lady Westerners' win.
With head coach Kent Johnson's halftime adjustments in hand, A-W got hot from behind the arc and scored at will from three-point range and under the basket. An 18-0 run to start the third quarter was enough to give the Westerner's a 52-11 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The 41-point lead was more than enough as A-W looked to give its bench some playing time.

"Everyone played tonight," said Johnson. "We got everyone off the bench tonight. Some girls played as much as two quarters and gave them some significant time at the varisty level."

Stout defense, coupled with a very cold shooting night for the Eagles, was a big reason for the large margin of victory.

"I thought our girls played hard tonight," said Johnson. "I also felt that Marcus' girls played hard as well, they were just cold shooting the ball."

A-W hit five of their 12 shots from behind the arc and allowed just four points in the second half with their aggressive defense.

Groon had a monsterous day, flirting with a triple-double. She had her way in the paint, scoring 17 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Groon also added eight assists. Shelby Johnson was next in line with 13 points, three rebounds and six assists.

Alison Kusler was the only other Westerner in double-digit scoring as she tallied 10 points and pulled down five rebounds in the process. Jordan Harris was a major contributor on defense as she was a ball-hawk with four steals and nine rebounds. Offensively, she did her part scoring seven points and dishing out five assists.

Tuesday's win was a big tune-up for what Johnson said will be a physical game.

"South O'Brien is really physical. It'll be a rough game," he said. "We need to stop their leading scorer and just box out in order to be successful."

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