Strong second half lifts Westchester girls

Jan. 03, 2013 @ 11:22 PM

The Westchester Country Day girls came out strong in the second half and made enough key plays down the stretch to hold off High Point Christian 33-28 on Thursday at Westchester.

The Wildcats, trailing 15-12 at halftime, scored the first six points of the second half to take the lead for good and ended up outscoring the Cougars 9-3 in the third quarter.

Terra Johns made back-to-back layups in transition and Meghan Ingram hit a runner also in transition to key the run, as Westchester began to finish at the hoop, a turnaround from the first half.

“The main thing I stressed was that we were doing the things we needed to do but we just weren’t finishing,” Wildcats coach Kat Lyons said. “The easiest shot we can get in a game is a layup. We were getting those and we were getting good defensive stops, but we just weren’t connecting. So, I just told them to be confident and I knew they could make them.”

Ingram finished with 14 points followed by Kayla Darr with six and Anna Hood with five to lead Westchester (5-8), which travels to Triad Athletic Conference foe Trinity of Durham tonight.

“Coach told us to be calm, like always,” Ingram said. “And I think we realized that we could win this game — and we wanted to. So, we went out and did it. It felt really good (in the second half), because we weren’t hitting layups, but once starting hitting them, everything fell in place.”

Alexa Crouch scored 12 points while Hailey Riffe had eight and Jamie Faukhauser had five for the Cougars (1-6), who held Westchester to just two points in the second quarter to grab the halftime lead. They play again Tuesday at Wesleyan Christian.

“Overall they fought hard and played really well,” HPCA coach Jason Waller said. “Defensively, we played a really good game except for the third quarter. Third quarter — I don’t know if mentally we were off our game. But defensively was the biggest key to the game.

“We’ve got to continue to harp on the fact that we have to finish games. You’ve got to compete the whole four quarters. You can’t lay back or sit back any second. That’s the biggest thing — just staying in it.”