Lady Redhawks Wrap Up Strong Week with MLK Win

Mya Belton finishes at the basket in Saturday's MLK Bash. (Photo/Jason Arthur)

Mya Belton finishes at the basket in Saturday’s MLK Bash. (Photo/Jason Arthur)

COLUMBIA (Jan. 17, 2017) – Suffice to say, the Westwood girls had a very good week last week.

After a dismantling of two Region 3-4A rivals, the Lady Redhawks crushed Dorman 60-30 Saturday at the MLK Bash at Eau Claire’s Glymph Arena.

“It’s been a very promising, very convincing last week,” Westwood head coach Gregory Bauldrick said. “We were able to reset, refocus and really try to get some things done.”

Westwood (13-3) got the week started last Tuesday with an 84-17 dismissal of York. Mya Belton led the way with 23 points, while teammates Unique Drake scored 19, Maliyah Lockett scored 15 and Nyah Leveretter had 14 points.

On Friday night, the Redhawks took care of Lancaster 74-47 at home. Belton had 27 points and 16 rebounds, and Drake scored 16 points.

Recovering from a Friday night game wasn’t much of a concern for Westwood, which was scheduled to tip off with the Cavaliers at 2 p.m.

“You always worry about rest and legs and those kinds of things,” Bauldrick said. “But we know we weren’t going to be complaining. Everybody’s going to have the same schedule (at the MLK Bash), and I felt we had the benefit of the doubt that we didn’t have to travel Friday.”

Those two region wins set the table for Saturday’s performance against the Cavaliers.

Dorman stayed with Westwood for the first eight minutes, but the Redhawks went on a 15-0 scoring run late in the half to jump to a 28-10 lead. They went into intermission with a 32-18 lead.

Westwood opened the second half with a 14-3 run to take a 46-21 lead and cruised the rest of the way to secure the win.

Belton and Drake scored 20 points apiece. Essence Marshall scored 11.

After last week’s run, the Redhawks, who played at South Pointe Tuesday, stand a good chance of finishing the region on a strong note.

“I think we’ve got a lot that we can build on, a lot that we need to adjust,” Bauldrick said. “But we executed on offense, our defensive rotations were solid, we controlled the boards very well and got into our transitions really smoothly.”

 

Westwood 60, Dorman 30

DHS: 18-12 – 30

WHS: 32-28 – 60

DORMAN

Alexis Rice 10, Mack 6, Nelson 5, Webb 4, Washington 3, Otah 2.

WESTWOOD

Mya Belton 20, Unique Drake 20, Essence Marshall 11, Leveretter 5, Lockett 4.