Redhawks Stay Red Hot

BLYTHEWOOD – Westwood High School’s boys’ basketball team is off to a sizzling start to the 2013-2014 season, upping their record to 6-0 with road wins over Ridge View, Spring Valley and Chapin.

The Redhawks toppled Ridge View 59-40 on Dec. 13 and followed that with a 65-47 trouncing of Spring Valley on Dec. 14. Westwood actually trailed the Vikings Saturday, 15-10 after one, but the ‘Hawks poured on 21 points before the half to take a 31-28 lead at the break. Both teams put up 11 in the third period, bringing the score to 42-39 Westwood. In the final frame, however, it was all Redhawks, who belted out 23 points while holding the Vikes to a mere eight.

Tuesday night, Westwood dismantled the Chapin Eagles 60-29. Although they trailed 9-7 after one quarter, the Redhawks broke into double digits in the next three frames while holding the Eagles to nine points or less for each remaining period.

The red-hot ‘Hawks are slated for the Northwestern Moody holiday tournament in Rock Hill, Dec. 26-30.

The Lady Redhawks, meanwhile, continued their early season struggles, dropping a close one to Ridge View Friday, 33-31, and taking a bruising Saturday to the Lady Vikings, 68-20.

The Lady ‘Hawks held an 8-2 first quarter lead against the Lady Blazers on Dec. 13 and held a 14-11 edge going into the half. Ridge View used a third quarter surge, however, to pull away, outshooting the Lady Redhawks 15-7 to take a 26-21 lead. Westwood put up 10 in the final frame, holding Ridge View to seven, but the swing was not enough to preserve the victory.

Kaylah Cohen, a junior, led the Lady ‘Hawks with 11 points while junior Kayla Atkins hauled in 18 rebounds on the night.

Saturday, the Lady Vikings held Westwood to single digits in three out of four quarters, leaping out front 22-2 in the opening round and never faltering. The Lady Vikes held a commanding 36-4 halftime lead and held off a minor third quarter 10-point charge by the Lady ‘Hawks to easily notch the win.

Tuesday, the Lady Redhawks took another one on the chin from Chapin, falling on the road 72-48.

The Lady Redhawks will test themselves over the holiday break at the Carolina Invitational Tournament in Martinez, Ga., Dec. 27-29.

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