Bobcats have no trouble with Flying Eagles
Summers County (91) Vs. Woodrow Wilson (53)
Jan 06, 2016
for the Daily Telegraph
BECKLEY— It couldn't have been more fitting.
When Whittney Justice scored her 1,000th career point Wednesday night against Woodrow Wilson, it was off a pass from twin sister Brittney.
"I passed it in and she got it back to me," Whittney said of the basket, a lay-up with 43 seconds remaining in the third quarter. "It felt great."
Whittney scored 25 points, including nine off 3s, while Brittney also had a huge night with 35 points. Their effort helped propel the unbeaten, Class AA No. 2 Lady Bobcats to a 91-53 victory.
The twins, now juniors, have started every game since they were freshmen.
Word going in was that Whittney hoped Brittney would make the pass.
"I think they talked about it," coach Wayne Ryan said. "A thousand points is a big deal, and when you do it your junior year it’s all that more special. It shows how good a player she really is. I’m really happy for her."
In a classy move, the game was stopped after the basket and Woodrow announced the milestone to the fans. Justice received a standing ovation from both cheering sections, and was applauded by the Woodrow coaches and players.
"I’ve coached Whittney in AAU, and I’m really proud she hit her goal. She and Brittney are great players," coach Brian Nabors said. "Brittney’s on her way, too, to a thousand. I wish them nothing but the best."
The win propelled Summers to 8-0 on the campaign, including a 67-45 win over Woodrow last week at Hinton.
Brittney scored 10 and Whittney eight as the Lady Bobcats rolled to a 23-13 first-quarter lead. Their defense cranked up in the second period, forcing Woodrow into numerous turnovers, including inbounds plays. Transition buckets, along with three 3s by Whittney and another by Tiffani Cline, put Summers up 56-25 by the break.
"We’re just not doing a good job getting the ball inbounds when they man us up," Nabors said. "Once we executed the press breaker, we got a good look at the basket."
Woodrow (1-7) played much better in the second half, keyed by a 20-point, seven-rebound effort from senior forward Paige Lewis. But Summers kept on rolling and Woodrow could not make much headway.
"I’ve seen some improvement. Our full-court offense is improving. We’re moving the ball better," Ryan said. "We still have a ways to go defensively, and we still have to fight every time a shot is taken on the boards."
Brittney Justice finished with seven rebounds, while sophomore guard-forward Hannah Taylor had a triple-double with 10 points, 13 assists and 13 rebounds.
"Brittney’s been playing great. She’s real efficient," Ryan said. "She has great numbers across the board. Points, rebounds, steals and assists, every night. Solid performances. We’re really pleased with that.
"Hannah’s really the glue. She impacts the game tremendously defensively with her reach, and she’s running out team a lot on our full-court offense. She averages double figures every night. She’s solid every game out."
Tiffani Cline scored nine points, while Morgan Miller, playing despite an ankle injury, had five steals and first-year senior Jordan Sigman had six boards.
Summers will host James Monroe Friday and travel to Westside on Saturday.
Woodrow got eight points and four rebounds from Brenna Staunton and seven points apiece from Lyric Moon and Rebekah Cook.
The Flying Eagles were coming off a frustrating 82-19 home loss Friday to Class AA No. 1 Wyoming East.
"The score was an improvement tonight," Nabors said. "At times we show good looks, good defense and move the ball well. It's just not consistent."
Woodrow will play at Spring Valley on Friday.
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Hannah Taylor 3 4-5 10, Morgan Miller 2 2-2 7, Tiffani Cline 3 2-2 9, Brittney Justice 16 2-3 35, Whittney Justice 8 6-6 25, Jordan Sigman 1 0-0 2, Erica Merrill 1 0-0 2, Kristen Berry 0 1-2 1. Totals: 34 17-20 91.
Lyric Moon 2 2-4 7, Rebekah Cook 3 0-0 7, Paige Lewis 8 1-1 20, Savannah Holstein 1 2-2 4, Baylee Brooks 2 0-2 4, Laken Ball 0 3-5 3, Brennah Staunton 3 2-2 8, Sydni Darden 0 0-2 0. Totals: 19 10-18 53.
Summers County.......23 33 19 16 — 91
Woodrow Wilson........13 14 13 13 — 53
3-point goals: SC: 6 (Miller, Cline, B. Justice, W. Justice 3); WW: 5 (Moon, Cook, Lewis 3). Fouled out: None.
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