Ahead of Westwood Middle School girls' basketball's home opener against Morrison on Friday, Nov. 8, the team was yet to surrender a loss through a long slate of road games.
The Lady Rockets' early experience in opponents' environments translated well in a blowout 40-18 victory.
"It's our first home game. I knew there were gonna be a lot of jitters in us, I knew there was gonna be a packed crowd," Coach Angela Houck said. "But we played fast. I want them to play fast, we're a very fast team and I want to use that."
The team's quick pace of play came with some turnovers, but Westwood was able to limit the damage on the defensive end. Additionally, Houck said that missed layups were a concern, but added that the Lady Rockets' speed allowed them to pick up multiple offensive rebounds.
The win also kept the team's win streak intact going back to a preseason tournament victory in Morrison. Houck equated this early success to team chemistry.
"They love each other, they play well with each other," Houck said. "We have at least eight or nine girls in the scoring column every game. They're very unselfish."
Westwood opened the game with 10 unanswered points before Morrison hit a three-pointer late in the first quarter. Allie Sullivan responded with her own three-point shot to put the team up 13-5 at the quarter's close.
The Lady Rockets continued to limit opportunities for Morrison in the second quarter and held Morrison to three points. Offensively, Westwood hit 12 to lead 25-8 at the half.
The offensive momentum slowed early in the second half with just four points for Westwood, but the girls got back on track in the fourth with 11. On the other end, the Lady Rockets held Morrison to 10 first-half points to secure the lopsided win.
Bryleigh Gray led the way for Westwood with 12 points. Princess Penaloza followed with nine. Up next was Leonor Moreno with six points in the first half. Remi Benjamin netted four points, just ahead of Sullivan's three. Kailee Rossman and Rylea McNamara both recorded two points each. Keena Seivers hit a single free throw in the second half for one point.