W.F. West got out to a good start this week on the road in Ridgefield, upending the Spudders 55-34 after a strong, deciding fourth quarter Monday night.
The Bearcats (2-1) got out ahead, leading by double digits in the early going, but fell into a lull defensively in the third quarter. The Spudders outscored W.F. West 21-4 in the third quarter, and after finally putting the ball through the hoop with about two minutes to go, Bearcats coach Kyle Karnofski called timeout to talk with his team.
“I challenged our girls to pick up defensively and get our movements and rotations right,” he said. “They responded really well.”
After that, the Bearcats got back on the right track, holding the Spudders to just one point in the final frame to pull away easily.
Drea Brumfield led the way in the scoring column, scoring 14 points, but it was junior Morgan Rogerson that got W.F. West going in the first half, scoring nine in the first quarter to help set the tone offensively off the bench. Karnofski also praised the efforts of Amanda Bennett, who providing a nice spark off the bench, and Olivia Remund for playing strong defense while in foul trouble.
“We did a really good job of controlling the tempo tonight, outside that third quarter,” Karnofski said.
The win is a nice rebound for the Bearcats after suffering their first loss of the season last week to 4A Olympia, and just in time too, with league play starting on Tuesday.
W.F. West will play its first home game of the season in its league opener against Shelton on Tuesday.