Jaclyn Shambaugh Staff writer @jaclynshambaugh
Plenty of basketball teams have size, with players tall and long towering in the lane.
Westover, though, has the strength to back up that height, and the Wolverines picked up early in Tuesday’s game that Overhills does not.
The result was a 67-49 Wolverine win and an even tighter grouping at the top of the Patriot 4-A/3-A Conference standings.
“We’re long, but we’re not strong. We’re a little weak on the inside,” Overhills’ coach Tony Lewis said. “We’ve got to man up and do a better job physically. We couldn’t do anything with them. We didn’t come ready to play.”
Overhills’ loss, its first in the league, makes four teams — Westover, Overhills, Terry Sanford and Pine Forest — with one conference loss in the Patriot.
Westover’s lone loss was a Dec. 15 stumble at Terry Sanford.
The Wolverines (10-1, 5-1) took advantage of their sizeable lineup assert themselves early in the lane, jumping out on a 10-2 opening run and never relinquishing the lead.
Much of that early offense was generated off turnovers and rebounds, two areas where Westover had the advantage.
Forwards Jalin Thorne and Edmuch Scott both had plenty of chances in the second quarter, powering Westover to 24 points in the frame and a 37-29 halftime lead.