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, Westfall’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 – an advantage they would
never relinquish.

Huntington’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 Westfall’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.

Collins scored a game-high 14 points to lead Huntington
while teammate Kristine Moran added 11 points. Both
teams return to action Thursday with Westfall traveling
to Adena and Huntington hosting Zane Trace.
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