COLLINS — Western Reserve shook off a sluggish start to cruise to a 63-28 win over Brookside Tuesday night in non-league girls’ basketball play at Western Reserve High School.
The Lady Riders improved to 2-0 with the win. Western found itself down 10-0 right at the start, forcing coach Brenda Friend to take a timeout.
"Right from the get-go we missed six open shots," Friend said. "But this was a very-improved Brookside team and I was very impressed and give them the credit.
"I told our team that this team (Brookside) came to play and we were playing like we practiced last night," the coach added.
The Lady Riders responded by out-scoring the Cardinals 10-4 in the remainder of the first quarter and 19-5 in the second to take a 29-19 halftime lead.
"I thought we responded well," Friend said. "I didn't see any panic in anybody."
Western wasn't finished, though, as the Lady Riders held a 34-9 scoring edge in the second half to seal the deal.
The Lady Riders were paced by sophomore Theresa Jackson with 14 points.
Kelsey Wyant and Carli Patrick each netted eight points, while Bridget Czompoly and Kasey Clouse both added seven.
Natalie Robson also hit double-figures for Western, scoring 12 points.
Wyant also contributed 17 rebounds. "I was very pleased with our guard play tonight," Friend said. "TJ (Jackson) really picked up her play tonight and Mandy (Palmer) has had two solid games."
Friend is expecting big things from Wyant, a senior.
“Kelsey is one of the best-shooting post players,” the coach said. “She doesn’t get frazzled and has really matured.”
Friend is pleased to be 2-0, now with nine days off before hosting Crestview in the Firelands Conference opener Dec. 9.
“For all my concerns,” she said. “But now we have nine days off and I’m not happy about that.”
The Cardinals were led in scoring by Hailie Gerding with 11 points.
Western out-rebounded Brookside 56-21. The Lady Riders had 21 turnovers to 22 for the Cardinals. Western was 27-of-62 from the floor and 8-of-19 at the line.
The Cardinals were 10-of-50 from the field, which included 2-of-17 in three-pointers, and 6-of-11 at the stripe.
O’Neal 2-1-6, Verlato 1-2-4, Piwowar 1-0-3, Andorka 1-0-2, Gerding 5-1-11, Morrow 0-2-2. Totals 10-6-28.
Robson 6-0-12, Patrick 2-4-8, Wyant 4-0-8, Czompoly 3-0-7, Palmer 2-0-4, Jackson 6-2-14, Clouse 3-1-7, Canfield 1-1-3. Totals 27-8-63.
Score by quarter
Brookside 14 5 7 2 — 28
Western 10 19 15 19 — 63
Reserve: Brookside 29-27