Hot shooting sparks WHS win

By John Conley - [email protected]

Westside turned the tables in its rematch with Wyoming East.

It was the Warriors who used three point shooting to pull away for a win in January.

This time around, the Renegades hit four threes late in the third and early in the fourth on the way to a 65-54 win at New Richmond on Friday night.

East had cut an eight point deficit to 39-38 when Zach Cook rebounded his own missed free throw and put it back up for two with seconds reamining in the third quarter.

The Renegades quickly got the ball down the floor to an open Isaiah Lester, who drained a trey at the buzzer to make it a four-point game.

That was just the start.

Jacob Ellis hit a three from the left side to start the fourth period. After an East turnover, Lester knocked down another.

Shane Jenkins, who had a game-high 26 points, added another three from right of the key as the Westside lead swelled to 51-40.

East never got closer than seven after that.

“We have some good shooters,” WHS coach Shane Jenkins commented. “We’ve struggled shooting the basketball this year, and that is something I never anticipated.”

The Renegades (12-7) held the Warriors to three points in the first five minutes of the third quarter and didn’t allow any big runs.

“I think our 2-2-1 made it hard for them to get the shots they wanted,” Jenkins remarked. “We were able to capitalize on some turnovers they had.”

“We settled for threes instead of going to the post,” said East coach Derek Brooks. “Westside had five guards out there (at times). We called a time out and told the guys to get the ball to the post, but we didn’t do it.”

East had a small lead through most of the first half, but Westside rallied to tie it on four occasions.

Jon Sims hit from straight away to give the Warriors a 27-25 halftime edge.

“I thought we were a little tight in the first half,” Jenkins commented.

Westside took its first lead on a Lester three from the corner early in the third. They never trailed again.

The game also marked a breakout for Shane Jenkins, who had been in a shooting slump.

The older Jenkins asked former WHS coach Nick Cook to talk to his son.

As the team warmed up, Jenkins felt good about what he saw.

“I told one of my assistants, he has that look in his eye,” Jenkins said.

In addition to Jenkins, the Renegades got 14 from Lester and seven each from Elijah Puett and Ellis.

Corey McKinney hit six threes and scored 22 for East. Dylan Brehm had 14, and Cook had 10.

Westside will host Oak Hill this Friday. Wyoming East will travel to Princeton.

Game notes: The series is now tied at 21-21 … It was the first ever game between the rivals in which neither team was ranked in the AA top 10.

John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.

By John Conley

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