Westside coach Nick Cook said his team's foul problems stemmed from poor defense.
"We didn't do a good job of keeping them out of the paint," he said. "We told our guys before the game that we had to do a good job of shutting down penetration. Our on-ball defense was lacking, to say the least. We didn't rotate correctly, we didn't take charges and we let them get to the rim way too easily in the middle of the floor."
Jason Scarlett, Westside's 6-foot-4 center, spent all of the third quarter and part of the fourth on the bench with four personals and fouled out shortly after returning to the floor late in the game.
With Scarlett in the game for most of the first half, the Renegades enjoyed a 26-14 rebounding advantage. Without him, Bridgeport was able to keep up with Westside on the boards.
Sophomore forward Justin Cogar's 19-point, nine-rebound performance led Westside. Despite foul problems, Scarlett registered a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Corey Bowles and Levi Lambert finished with 14 and 11 points, respectively, for the Renegades, who finished the season 18-7.
Bridgeport also placed four players in double figures -- Haywood with 28, Chase Robey with 13, Ryan Sprouse with 11 and Tyler Sprouse with 10.
The Indians will face No. 2 seed Fairmont Senior, a 55-48 winner over Scott, in today's 11:15 a.m. semifinal. Fairmont Senior won both of the schools' regular-season meetings, 61-54 on Jan. 5 and 76-50 on Jan. 29.
Reach John McCoy at 304-348-1231 or johnmc...@wvgazette.com.