CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Westside grounded Fairmont Senior's running game Friday night. This afternoon, the Renegades will have to do the same with high-scoring Miki Glenn of Bridgeport.
The defending Class AA champions throttled the Polar Bears in the second girls tournament semifinal, allowing three third-quarter points in a 51-41 victory. Westside (25-1) held Fairmont to 27.5 percent shooting, enjoyed a plus-10 rebounding margin and scored 16 points off turnovers.
But the most impressive stat for Westside was this: The Polar Bears had zero fast-break points.
"Every coach I talk to about Fairmont says they like to score in transition, get out and run," said Westside coach Jamie Lusk. "For us to hold them to zero points, our game plan worked. The girls did a great job of hustling back, getting stops ... and making them have to earn everything they got."
Not able to score on the run, the Polar Bears settled for a lot of jumpers, including 17 3-point attempts. In their 72-56 win Thursday over Clay County, they scored 16 fast-break points and tried only two 3-pointers.
The third quarter was particularly tough on coach Corey Hines' team, which saw a 24-19 halftime deficit swell to 34-22. The Polar Bears went 1 for 12 with a pair of turnovers, and seemed very unsure what to do at times.
Those eight minutes sapped most of the suspense from the final eight minutes, as Fairmont could only creep to within 41-34 with 3:57 left. Shortly after that, Megan Endicott scored on a tip-in and the Renegades then went 8 of 10 from the line to lead by as many as 14.
"A lot of times in these situations you might speak out of anger," Hines said. "But really, I don't think it's anything they did; I think it's what we didn't do. We didn't move. We made one pass and we were stagnant. It wasn't a defensive adjustment - they were in a zone.
"So it wasn't like they were denying, stopping us from cutting, you've got to pass and cut, you've got to move without the ball and put yourself in a better position to make shots."