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Girls basketball: Stingy West Side blows out SB Clay

Updated: February 13, 2013 6:13AM



GARY — What do the West Side girls basketball team and Baseball Hall of Fame voters have in common? While baseball writers were very stingy with who they allowed in the Hall on Wednesday, the Cougars weren’t exactly generous on defense in their nonconference duel with South Bend Clay.

West Side knocked it out the park against Clay was an understatement, at least on the scoreboard. The Cougars scored the first 24 points of the game.

The result was a 75-32 win for the Cougars, who have now won two in a row and 10 in their last 11 games. This, though, is where the good news ends and the concerns begin for the Cougars’ coach.

“We didn’t do a very good job of running our offense,” West Side coach Rodney Fisher said. “When you get up so many points you want to slow things down, which we’re going to have to come February, but we didn’t execute our half-court offense.”

What the Cougars (13-2) did execute was forcing countless turnovers in the first half that led to baskets against a Clay team (2-15) that came into Gary losers of 14 of their last 15.

The biggest beneficiary of Clay’s mishandling of the basketball was Cougars guard Dejah Joshua, who had 13 of her game-high 15 points in the first half (West Side starters were spectators for most of the second half) while backcourt mate Amari Ferguson added 11, all coming in the first two quarters. Eleven also happens to be the number of Cougars who scored in the game.

So with five games left before the sectionals, how ready is West Side for the second season?

“I’m satisfied, but not happy,” Fisher said. “We still have to work on our free-throw shooting (the Cougars shot 9-of-27 from the line Friday) and our decision making. But I’m very pleased with our effort, but we still need to work on the execution part.”



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