The West girls fell behind early and never recovered in a 53-17 loss to Hunter last Thursday evening. The Purple trailed 8-2 after one quarter of action and faced a 26-13 deficit at halftime.

Portland West failed to score in the third period while the Bucs built a 32-point lead and coasted to the victory.

“We knew it was going to be tough with their size” Portland West coach Rachel James admitted. “Being down by 13 at halftime wasn’t too bad.”

Savannah Pippin provided Portland West with their only two points of the opening six minutes of play as the Purple trailed 8-2. Lillie Whitehead fired in six points in the second stanza while Lexie Williams and Aryanna Cadwell each dropped in a basket and Gretchen McGuire added a foul shot

However, Hunter still held a commanding 26-13 lead at the break.

The Buc girls took advantage of a scoring drought by the Purple with a 13-point outburst to extend their margin to 26, 39-13 and added six straight point to start the final six minutes to go up 45-13.

Whitehead netted four points over the final 2:12 of the ball game though Hunter maintained their sizable lead.

Whitehead reached double figures with ten points with Williams, Cadwell and Pippin contributing two apiece and McGuire had one.

Lisa Lonas paced Hunter with 11 and Leanna Pearson chipped in with ten.

Portland West opened up last week’s action with a 53-23 win over Hawkins on Nov. 28th.

The Panther girls jumped out early and never looked back in securing the win. Portland West led 14-3 after the first break and stretched that to 20, 28-8 at halftime. The Purple were on top 35-14 heading into the final six minutes of action and cruised to the victory.

“We needed a win,” James said about the performance. “Everything clicked in the Hawkins game. We played well and didn’t have any foul trouble. It was nice to win.”

Eight players reached the scoring column for the Purple including Whitehead and Williams with 14 points apiece. Cadwell contributed nine, Pippin had six, Jaylen Presley and McGuire each scored three and Avery Cranford and Domantra Paxton rounded out the offense with two apiece.

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