Patrick Obley Staff writer @fo_pmo
The first time Westover faced Terry Sanford, the Wolverines were eaten alive.
The second time, they brought an appetite.
Improving in every facet of their game in the time since their first meeting, Westover started fast and held Terry Sanford at arm’s length to win the Cumberland County Holiday Classic championship, 43-35.
“I wanted it bad. The whole team wanted it bad,” said Westover’s Jalin Thorne, who earned the tournament’s most valuable player honor. “We came out here and we had a mission to dominate and compete and we did that.”
Thorne held up his MVP plaque and added, “Obviously.”
Deep, talented and big, the Wolverines often dominated opponents in racing out to a 6-0 record.
“We were undefeated and everyone was patting them on the back and sometimes with young kids, they just thought they were going to show up,” Westover coach George Stackhouse said.
Terry Sanford brought the winning streak to a halt with an extended 2-3 zone that choked off the glass and kept Westover from snagging offensive rebounds. Unable to put any second-chance points on the board, Westover was routed on that night, 58-41. The failure to handle the Bulldogs’ zone was puzzling, since the Wolverines rarely see anything but zone defenses.