CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Some solid X's and O's on "D" by Bridgeport coach Dave Marshall led to the biggest "W" in Indians' history and resulted in something as simple as ABC - A Bridgeport Championship.
The Indians ensured that St. Joseph in Class A would be the only repeating champion as they completely stifled a normally potent Westside offense en route to a dominant 44-27 win in the Class AA championship game Saturday afternoon at the Charleston Civic Center.
The title is the school's first in girls basketball and came a year after Bridgeport fell in the Class AAA title game to Greenbrier East. It also came a year after Westside won its first championship in school history by defeating Scott and ending a five-year run by Summers County.
"It's a lot different feeling than last year," Bridgeport senior do-it-all guard Miki Glenn said. "It's better to be smiling up here than crying."
Through the first two rounds, the No. 1 Renegades cruised and looked to be on the way to a second-straight crown, but the Indians put the clamps on Westside in historic fashion.
The Indians were left to deal with Westside's 6-foot post player Hope Lester, who averaged 18 points coming into the tournament and ravaged basically every defense the Renegades had played against all year.
Bridgeport entered with 5-foot-8 Hannah Fetty as the Indians' primary post player, but instead of a negative, Marshall said that Bridgeport's relative lack of an inside presence ended up being a blessing in terms of pre-game preparation.
"Hannah's got to front Lester, we're going to get that backside help, and then your backside guard has got to rotate down," Marshall explained. "The reason it was effective is because we do it all the time. You saw this team's defense basically, especially over the last month and a half because we have no true post player.
"Had we just said [Friday] night, 'Hey, we're going to have to defend this way,' we'd have been in trouble."
The smaller Indians were able to use their base defense to perfection, limiting Lester to 13 points and 11 rebounds while guards Morgan Spolarich, Faith Davis and Danielle Brown combined for just five points.
Westside hit just 1 of 7 3-point tries, and that one belonged to Lester.
"Bridgeport played great," Westside coach Jamie Lusk said. "They're here for a reason, too. They have a good ball club and they were very well coached. My girls gave me everything they had. It wasn't like we went out there and didn't play hard, they played as hard as they could go and things just happen sometimes. Sometimes shots don't fall."
The numbers more than illustrated Lusk's point.
Westside shot just 10 for 49 (20.4 percent), turned it over 16 times and managed no more than nine points in any quarter.