Westlake sweeps

Mundy's Mill coach Lonnie Farmer knew defeating the Westlake Lady Lions (19-1:15-0) would be a tall order for his Lady Tigers (15-7, 10-5).

The last time these two 4-AAAAA contenders met, Mundy's Mill was the team venturing into enemy territory and was sent home with a 59-37 loss.

Since then, the Lady Tigers have come back to win 11 straight, while Westlake has maintained its third-in-state status while dominating all challengers with a 14-win streak.

Tuesday night Mundy's Mill played host to a dual between two hot streaks from the top two teams in the region.

"I'm hoping we can take advantage of some of that home school mojo," said Farmer before the game began.

Unfortunately, for Farmer and his squad, the Lady Tigers had to endure an 84-47 blowout in front of the Mundy's Mill faithful.

"We just got outplayed," said Farmer. "Westlake is a tremendous team. They have a lot of talent and they're well coached."

Westlake attacked from all areas, hitting six shots from outside the rim, while utilizing a solid height advantage to dominate from the inside.

"They shot the ball extremely well tonight. That was the difference in the last time we faced them," said Farmer. "We paid more attention to the post area and it cost us."

Tandrea High led the scoring effort for the Lady Tigers, hitting 16 points throughout the game. Bryonne Ballard came in second with 10 points.

The game started well for Mundy's Mill with the Lady Tigers taking first possession for an early lead. Westlake slowly took control finishing out the quarter with a 20-15 lead.

The Lady Tigers played a losing battle of catch-up from there, going into the half with a 17-point deficit.

Tough losses aside, Farmer is still keeping his eyes on the region tournament where he hopes the Lady Tigers and Lady Lions will meet for a third time in the finals.

With the loss, Mundy's Mill held onto its position ranked third in the region.

"Our goal is to try to get to the championship. We just need to win out the season," said Farmer. "If we do that we can avoid playing Westlake until the championship game."

Until then, the Lady Tigers will be fighting with Chapel Hill for the second place seed in the region tournament, guaranteeing the Lady Tigers will meet Westlake no earlier than the finals.

"We've beaten every other team, so I feel good about our chances," said Farmer.

While the Lady Tigers were battling to keep their winning streak alive, the boys were fighting to prove that despite a 5-17 record coming into Tuesday's game they could still compete with a contender for the AAAAA state title.

"I thought we did exactly what we needed to do in the first half in terms of reducing the game and try to get them to play into a half court game," said coach Tu Willingham. "In the second half we tried to run with them and we kind of played right into their hands."

After holding their own for the first half, the Tigers (5-18:2-13) fell victim to The Lions' (16-6:13-2) substantial height advantage and high-intensity game play, ultimately falling to their region opponents 73-39.

With height and experience working against them, the Tigers were unable to keep pace with the Lions.

Jarvis Moses earned top scoring honors with 10 points.

Thanks to a last second foul followed by a trio of successful free throws, Mundy's Mill was able to tie up the game, 15-15, going into the second quarter.

Much like their female counterparts, the Tigers struggled to keep the momentum going, dropping ten points behind the Lions in the second quarter followed by a third quarter where Westlake was able to tack 20 more points onto their lead.

By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, Westlake slowed down its offensive, scoring 11 points to Mundy's Mill's seven.

Although the Tigers took a fourth consecutive loss, according to Willingham it is all a part of the growing pains that any young team can expect to endure.

"We've just got to keep positive and go back to work tomorrow," he said.