Boys basketball: West Side beats Shortridge to pass road test
By Brian Peloza Post-Tribune correspondent December 15, 2012 11:26PM
Updated: January 17, 2013 6:51AM
INDIANAPOLIS — West Side coach Rodney Fisher doesn’t have many complaints with his team record as the Cougars reach the midpoint of their season.
Fisher’s just not sure how good his team is quite yet, but he’ll find out soon enough.
West Side improved to 7-1 with a 54-48 win over Indianapolis Shortridge on Saturday in the IPSAC vs. Region Girls Basketball Challenge at Indianapolis Marshall High School.
Shortridge entered the game with one loss and became just the second team — Morton being the other — that West Side has beaten this season with a winning record.
“We need to play more competition,” Fisher said. “This was a good test for us, being on the road for a three-hour drive, and (Shortridge) was actually better than I thought they would be. and (Jenee Peterson) speaks for herself.”
The Cougars could meet Chicago Marshall in its holiday tournament on Dec. 27, before meeting rival East Chicago Central on Jan. 3 and traveling the following day to play at undefeated Class 3A No. 1 Benton Central.
“That’s what we need,” Fisher said. “We need some tough games in January.”
Shortridge outscored West Side by seven eight points in the second quarter to take a 28-25 halftime lead. Petersen scored 15 of her game-high 28 points in the first half.
“We keyed on her in the second half,” Fisher said. “We didn’t do as good of a job as we should have, but she killed us in the first half. She’s a player.”
West Side’s Ashley Danzy hit four 3-pointers in the second half and finished with 14 points, being named the game’s MVP.
Amari Ferguson added nine for the Cougars, while Tinon Hunter had seven. Lexus Fox scored six, and Jessica Neal and Lessia Smith each had five.