The Moore American

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March 12, 2014

Jaguars’ rally falls short to Pirates in area tournament

MOORE — Westmoore’s Sydney Chastain pulled the rebound and drove coast to coast. She got all the way to Putnam City’s basket and jumped into the contact on her way.

The layup missed, no foul was called, and Putnam City hung on for a 51-50 win over Westmoore on Thursday that ended the Jags’ season in the first round of the Class 6A area tournament.

“Of course I wish they had called a foul,” Westmoore coach Andrea Guziec said. “But at the end of the game it takes quite a bit of contact to get a foul called in that situation.”

Westmoore trailed for most of the second half, and only had a chance because Putnam City missed its final six free throws in the last minute of the game. The Jags took advantage, getting a 3-pointer and a pair of fouls shots by Chastain along with two more free throws from Victoria Lay to close what had been a 51-43 lead with under a minute left into a one-possession game.

“We had two great quarters and two not so great quarters,” Guziec said. “Unfortunately we fell a little short at the end of the game. I was extremely proud of the girls’ effort and heart in the fourth quarter. It said a lot to me as their coach that they wanted to move forward in playoffs.”

With the win, Putnam City advanced to face Norman North in Yukon with a trip to the state tournament on the line. Westmoore ends its season at 14-11.

“Expectations will be high next season...from ourselves most of all,” Guziec said. “With a few more players stepping up next year, we can be a team that goes even further in playoffs next season.”

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