Girls basketball: Amari Ferguson leads West Side to rout of Munster
By Aaron Pineda Post-Tribune correspondent December 12, 2012 11:00PM
Updated: January 14, 2013 7:32AM
GARY — West Side didn’t take long to display its dominance.
Behind Amari Ferguson, the Cougars jumped out to a 14-point first-quarter lead over Munster, and cruised to a 48-25 victory. Ferguson poured in 10 first-quarter points and finished with a game-high 12 points, three steals and two assists.
“It feels great, because now they see what we have come February (sectional time) and we now see what they have,” Ferguson said of knocking off the Mustangs on the road. “I think I could have played better, especially shooting. I was only 1 of 4 in 3s.”
The Cougars didn’t need Ferguson drilling 3-pointers, as they dominated all facits of the game. They outrebounded the Mustangs 33-15 and had 13 steals to Munster’s two.
“Amari just needs to be a little more patient,” Cougars coach Rodney Fisher said. “Sometimes she is playing at a different gear than our team is at.”
A Cougars fan yelled out to Fisher, “The girls looked great tonight coach.” Fisher responded quickly as he flipped his jacket over his shoulder, “They played well at times.”
This isn’t Fisher’s first go around, as he is entering his 29th year at West Side.
“We just need to do the things that are best for the team instead of what they want to do,” he said.
Ferguson and the Cougars backcourt clamped down early on the Mustangs, leading to an insurmountable deficit. Munster shot 3 of 14 in the second half.
Lexus Fox also reached double figures with 10 points and three rebounds, while DeJah Joshua finished with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Mustangs were led by Jordan Cole’s 10 points and two rebounds and Jennifer Allen’s six points and three rebounds.