Westmoore wanted the opening night of its new gymnasium to be special. The best way to do that was to make the opponent Moore High and watch the fireworks.
That is exactly what they got as the Jaguars had to hold onto a 57-51 Moore War victory.
"It was an exciting night for Westmoore basketball," Westmoore coach Scott Hodges said. "I am glad we came out on top. It was your typical Moore War game. It was back and forth. You have to give them credit. They made some big shots. We just made enough plays to win the game.."
With the Jaguars leading 54-51 with 10 seconds left in the game, Kyle Lankin was fouled and sent to the fee throw line. The senior had a chance to ice the game for the home and that's what he did. He dropped both shots to put the gam away.
Lankin and Austin Bowling each had 10 points, but it was Tripp Fuller who poured in a quiet 17 that led the charge.
The Lions got 21 points from Maurice Davenport. Chris Hobgood added 12.
Westmoore 47, Moore 24
Moore was able to keep the game close throughout most of the first half. It wasn't until late in the second period that the Jaguars began to pull away. They pushed their to 16 by the end of the third quarter.
Rasheeda Kabba and Kabria Harkey owned the paint for Westmoore. Harkey was able to clear space and outmuscle the Lions for rebounds while Kabba used a soft touch to knock down short jumpers. The duo combined for 15 points. Brittany Olayinejad added 9.
Amanda Patterson posted six points in the loss.
"I do not feel we played our best," MHS coach Tim Gray said. "We had hustle issues and rebound issues. We can't stand around and expect to be successful."
The loss drops MHS to 0-2 on the season while Westmoore is 1-0.