Westside’s Shane Jenkins hit two threes in overtime and the Renegades survived a last second shot by Scott in a season opening thriller at Clear Fork on Friday night.
WHS coach Nick Cook said his young team showed maturity in holding off the Skyhawks.
“I said they would have to learn how to win,” he commented. “I think we grew up tonight.”
Westside held its biggest lead of the night, 59-51, after Larry Cook and Jenkins each hit a three in the final minute.
The Skyhawks responded with an 8-0 spur that tied it at 59-all.
“I was disappointed that we didn’t hang on to that lead,” Cook said. “We had an eight point lead and the ball and had a turnover.”
There were five lead changes after that, and Ball gave Scott a 70-69 edge with a three-point play with 36.3 left in regulation.
WHS tied it on a Cook foul shot at the :24.5 mark.
Scott had the ball for the rest of regulation, but the Renegade defense gave up no good looks at the basket.
There were more lead changes in overtime.
Jenkins drained a trey to put Westside up, 76-75.
Scott took its final lead on a Ball basket.
Jenkins his another trifecta, and it was 79-77.
“He has the green light, all of my players do,” Cook said. “I’m glad he wants to take the big shots in those situations.”
Each team made a foul shot.
Scott got the ball with 23 ticks showing, missed a shot and retained ball control with 2.1 second to go.
After a time out, the ball went to an open Andrew Underwood, who was behind the arc. His shot bounced away.
“A game like this is exciting if you win, heartbreaking if you lose,” said Cook.
The night was a tale of two styles. Westside played 10 men and kept the tempo fast when it could.
Scott ‘s five starters played the whole 36 minutes, and the Skyhawks pounded the ball inside to Tanner Ball, who had a game-high 29 points.
The Skyhawks held a small lead for most of the first half and took a 37-33 edge into the dressing room.
Westside moved in front in the third period.
“We started making shots, and they finally missed some,” Cook stated.
Jenkins had 19 for Westside, and Larry Cook had 17. Isaiah Lester scored 11, and Jordan Thornsbury made three threes for 9.
Ball’s 29 led four Scott players in double digits. Underwood scored 17, and and Nick Dolan had 14. Andrew Day scored 11.
Westside will host Logan on Tuesday, and Scott entertains Sissonville on Tuesday.
John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.