Class AA Champs
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Hope Lester had 18 points and 19 rebounds to lead Westside to a 43-33 victory over Sissonville in the girls Class AA championship game Saturday.
Westside (21-3) earned its second title in three years. It lost in the 2013 title game to Bridgeport.
Sissonville (23-4) saw its 10-game winning streak snapped. The Indians had advanced to the championship game for the first time since 2003 after upsetting top-seeded Fairmont Senior on Friday.
Sissonville’s Brittany Gould singlehandedly led a comeback from a 10-point deficit, scoring eight points over a four-minute stretch to bring the Indians within 32-31 with 4:28 left in the game.
But Sissonville made one basket the rest of the way and Gould eventually fouled out.
Westside’s Kristin Hash scored off a rebound with three minutes left and teammate Danielle Brown hit a 3-pointer to put the Renegades ahead 37-31 with 2:28 to go.
Westside went 5 of 8 from the free-throw line in the final minute.
Gould finished with 20 points and teammate Madison Jones added 11. Brooke Reed had 16 rebounds. Only three players scored for Sissonville, which was held to its lowest point total of the season.
Sissonville’s stars were saddled with foul trouble for most of the game and the Indians had a tough time penetrating a Westside defense anchored by the 6-foot Lester.
Gould, who had 17 points and 15 rebounds in the semifinal win, committed two fouls in the first quarter and Karli Pinkerton, who averaged 15 points in the two earlier tournament games, picked up her third foul late in the second. That allowed Westside to come back from a 5-point deficit.
Lester’s 3-pointer put the Renegades ahead 18-16 at halftime.
Sissonville failed to make a field goal over a six-minute stretch in the second and third quarters, allowing Westside to take control.
Lester and Brown scored five points apiece during a 10-0 run that gave the Renegades a 28-18 lead with 4:46 left in the third quarter.
Forced to shoot mostly from outside, Sissonville made just 22 percent of its field goals.
Danielle Brown finished with 13 points for Westside