DOWN SEVEN LATE IN THE THIRD, WESTFALL BATTLES BACK FOR WIN AT HUNTINGTON
Two teams fighting for much needed, late season victories Wednesday night ended in a tight battle. Huntington appeared poised to earn their first win of the season, but Westfall used the foul line to hang around before eventually grabbing control late to escape with a 42-36 win.
With Westfall leading 25-24 late in the third quarter, Huntington went on an 8-0 run sparked by two straight threes from senior Alley Collins to open up a 32-25 advantage. Even after a few trips to the free throw line for Westfall, Huntington still led 32-29 entering the fourth quarter. The Lady Mustangs finally grabbed the lead at 33-32 on a drive and score by Alex Phillips, who led Westfall with 11 points on the evening. This started a stretch in which the two teams traded one-point leads four times before the game finally became tied at 36-36 with 2:34 to play.
After several empty trips for both teams, Westfallâ€™s Lindsey Lemaster, who pulled down a team-high eight rebounds in the win, earned a trip to the line with 1:19 remaining and was able to connect on one attempt to give Westfall a 37-36 lead â€“ an advantage they would never relinquish.
Huntingtonâ€™s best opportunity came with about 50 seconds remaining. Trailing 38-36, Huntington had a good look at a left corner jumper, but the carom came off long as Westfallâ€™s Paige Swaggerty came out of the pack with it and converted the put-away basket on the other end. Following another Huntington miss, two Casie Zimmerman free throws gave the game its final of 42-36. The final two points also made Zimmerman the second Lady Mustang in double figures with 10 points.