“It’s awesome how every one on this ‘team,’ in every sense of the word, has bought in like they have. They love and care for each other and get along great on and off the court. It’s been so much fun coaching this group of girls.”
The playoff path has been contentious, and slow starts have come to bear in some. Westmoreland thinks part of the reason has been self-imposed.
“These girls were so committed to get back to the state tournament, I think that was some of the reason we went into some playoff games being a little nervous,” he said. “Now that they’ve made it there, I’m hoping that pressure is off of them and they can just play. If we can get off to a good start, I feel like we can beat almost anyone.
“We’re versatile, athletic and we’re a deep team. And we’ve never been in a game where I had to tell them to play hard.”
The scouting report on Franklin, Brock’s opponent in Friday’s semifinal touts the Lady Lions as a very explosive offensive team, averaging 80 points a game. They shoot a lot of three-pointers (more than 40 per game), and they like a fast pace.
“We need to control the pace in this game,” Westmoreland said. “They score a lot of points, but they give up a lot of points, too. We’ll need to handle their pressure and get the ball inside. I think we’re also playing our best defense and I’m hoping that will be in our favor.”
The other Class 2A semifinal features the Halletsville Lady Brahmas facing Wall’s Lady Hawks, who will play in Friday’s first contest (8:30 a.m.) at the Frank Irwin Center, located on the University of Texas campus. Brock vs. Franklin follows at 10 a.m.