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Westfield girls fall to Randolph in Winter Classic final

December 17, 2015
By M.J. Stafford ( , Westfield Republican

(Dec. 12)- The Randolph Lady Cardinals used a fast start to help fend off the hard-playing Westfield Lady Wolverines, 60-40, in the championship game of the Westfield Winter Classic Saturday.

Randolph raced out to an 8-0 lead with a runner by Mackenzie Marsh, a three-point play by tournament MVP Peyton Terrette, and a three-point field goal by Marsh. Field goals by Westfield's Sydnee Abele, Brenna Culbreth and Taylor Kassman got the home team within 13-10, but Haley Hettenbaugh swished a three-pointer to give the Lady Cardinals a 20-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Westfield got outscored, 18-8, in the second quarter as Randolph seemed to answer every time the Lady Wolverines got a bucket. Marsh, who finished with 13 points, nailed a three-pointer right after Demarco hit a two-point jump shot, and Terrette came back with an easy layup as soon as Culbreth hit a shot to cut Randolph's lead to 12.

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Westfield’s Sophia DeMarco (14) looks to drive past Randolph’s Peyton Terrette (1) during the title game of the Westfield Winter Classic girls basketball tournament on Saturday, in Westfield.

Terrette poured in 10 points in the second period as part of a 25-point effort to lead all scorers. Randolph coach Shawn Huntington spoke highly of the senior, who also had eight rebounds and five steals, after the game.

"Peyton's been around," Huntington said. "She's played for me since seventh grade and she knows my system. It's nice that she can be that one we kind of look toward. She's not afraid to go to the basket and I think she's making some killer moves in there. She's playing a lot harder than I've seen her. That's all you can ask of a senior, to be that one to step up and put that extra work in there."

Huntington added that his team has many offensive threats besides Terrette, giving them a good balance.

"They're starting to buy into going hard to the basket, (and) pretty much any girl out there has the chance of making a three... I think that's kind of a good mixture, being able to shoot the outside shot and being able to drive hard," he said.

Although Randolph enjoyed a comfortable 18-point halftime lead, Westfield kept battling. Maddison Knapp opened the third quarter with a three-pointer and Culbreth contributed eight of her 19 points in the fourth. The Lady Wolverines were outscored by just two points in the second half.

DeMarco had 10 points, 11 rebounds and three steals for Westfield in the game while Culbreth contributed four steals and eight rebounds in addition to her scoring.

Westfield coach Cody Jacobson was pleased with his team's performance.

"I'm extremely excited and happy with the progression we've made," he said. "I was worried about the (Randolph) press but we were able to break that... They just have so much firepower. It's really difficult to contain them.

"We got some good looks (Saturday), we just shot a poor percentage," the coach continued. "Ball movement was pretty solid... There was a little aggression with our play, which we've been lacking. We've been a soft team for a while, but we're really starting to turn the corner as far as being physical."

The tournament All-Stars, besides MVP Terrette, were Randolph's Halle Lienhart and Marsh, and Westfield's DeMarco and Knapp.

Silver Creek used a 29-point second quarter to help beat Forestville, 64-17, in the Winter Classic consolation game. Sarah Adams led the Black Knights with 20 points while Maddy Eggleston chipped in 14 points. Katie Thompson led the Lady Hornets with nine points, scored on three three-pointers.



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