Lady Senators beat Edinburgh

By: 
Josh Lewis, Sports Writer
The Lady Senators got off to a great start against Edinburgh on Saturday night. Although they didn’t necessarily bring their A game, they still came away with a comfortable 67-49 win.
West Washington pressed the Lancers into numerous turnovers and blitzed their way out to a quick lead. They scored seven points in a 45-second span, and had a 13-2 lead early in the contest. Maddie Bowsman hit a three to push the lead to 16-4 and they cruised through the first stanza.
Head Coach Darrin Russell said his team played well in the first quarter, but after that not so much. “We brought our A game in the first quarter and jumped out to a huge lead. But instead of maintaining that we fiddled around did not play up to our capability. That’s the frustrating part. The game was never in jeopardy, but it was more about us and how we played and didn’t do the things we needed to do.”
In the second, the game started to change a little. West Washington continued to score, but the Lancers also started getting some buckets. Hattie Griffitts got some points attacking the bucket. And Bowsman got some layups off of transition, but the Lancers started getting some scores off transition as well. Then to close the half they got a half-court shot to fall, cutting the lead to 11 going into the break.
More Lady Senator turnovers and some missed layups kept the door open for the Lancers, but they couldn’t quite get all the way through. Bowsman got a couple of buckets to help West Washington stay in front, and Rian Russell hit a three to push the lead out to 20, 47-27, with just under two to go in the third.
Kassidy Keltner scored six straight for the Lady Senators to keep them in control of the game despite the Lancers hitting several threes on the other end. West Washington moved to 13-6 with the win.
Russell said his girls have to start learning to put teams away. “We started off playing extremely well. We started doing things we haven’t done all year. That was frustrating. We got in foul trouble and that played a factor. But we have to finish teams off and we didn’t do that tonight. My concern is if we play at six in the sectional and we come out and play like this, we might be done. We have to be ready to play no matter the time, date, or anything else.”
Free throw shooting was also bad for the Lady Senators and Russell said they will need to do better. “After tonight, it’s free throws. We shot 42 percent tonight. These kids make between 75-80 percent in practice or they run for it. So now it’s a mindset and they are too good of shooters to be shooting like this. I can’t say a whole lot or they start thinking more about it, so we have to get out of that funk.
There were some positives in the play of Bowsman and Keltner. “Maddie and Kassidy played extremely well pretty much the entire game,” Russell said. “I think Kassidy had 21 points and she is an athletic kid that is going to really be a dominant force in the paint. Maddie is playing extremely well right now, not just scoring, but rebounding and seeing the open girls. We needed that. Cora Miller is out with mono and who knows when she will be back. Those two have to step up and they did.”
West Washington will host Crawford County Thursday.
 
EHS      4    15    13    17      49
WW    18    12    19    18      67
EHS scoring: Tr. Tatlock 9, McManaway 5, Ta. Tatlock 6, Ramey 11, Beier 5, Link 7, Schooler 6; threes: Tr. Tatlock, McManaway, Ramey, Link
WW scoring: Griffitts 12, Bowsman 18, Russell 6, Carter 6, Keltner 21, Foutch 4: threes: Bowsman, Russell
 

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