Jayden Carter

Jayden Carter goes up to the net during Thursday night's game against Liberty. Carter was a force for the Rockets, scoring 15 of the team's 24 points.

The Westwood boys basketball team took on Liberty Thursday night still searching for its first win of the season. Four closely-contested quarters later, the Rockets emerged victorious 24-18.

"Super proud of the intensity defensively. It was much improved then the past and I'm proud of that," Coach Will Pannell said. "We battled on the boards. We did some off the little things we haven't been up to this point."

Coming into this game, Westwood had lost its previous four matchups, including a 61-26 loss to Huntland at home on Monday night.

From the outset of Thursday night's game, the Rockets played stronger defense and the score remained close throughout. Following a 6-6 first quarter, Westwood held on to a slim 13-12 lead at halftime. 

After a slower third quarter for both teams the Rockets took off in the fourth led by a strong performance from Jayden Carter. After missing all free throw attempts in the first three quarters, the Rockets were 5-for-9 from the foul line in fourth quarter alone.

In the game's final minutes Westwood led by six and held off the Patriots for the home victory. Carter scored eight of his 15 points in the fourth. 

"It feels great to have a win. We just need to keep working hard," Carter said.

In addition to Carter's 15, Brayden Dixon recorded three points for the Rockets. Eli Felice, Konor Heaton and Izick Sierra each knocked in two points.

Staff Writer

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