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West girls fire off a Saturday night special

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY— The West High Women of Troy are off to a good start for the 2011-2012 campaign with a 2-0 record following a 94-28 obliteration of Fairfield on Tuesday, Nov. 22, and an 89-40 annihilation of the North Scott Lancers at home on Saturday, Nov. 26.
The Lancers drew first blood and led briefly, very briefly, 5-4 in the first period. It would be their only lead of the night as Coach BJ Mayer’s crew systematically destroyed their guests. West led 19-9 after the first period, was up 44-20 at the half and was ahead 75-28 after three periods of play.
Mayer put his reserves in for the bulk of the third period and again in the fourth.
“It’s good to get some good game time for all of our kids,” the coach said. “You know, they’re working hard in practice as well, it’s kinda nice to get them some game time, especially early so we can develop more depth.”
Ally Disterhoft led West with 19 points followed by McKenzie Piper with a lucky 13, Brianna Sturtz had 11, while Tatum Klein and Shahana Williams scored nine apiece. The Women of Troy have been polishing up the long guns as 30 points came from three-point range with eight different players sinking the three-bombs.
“I was happy with our intensity and effort,” Mayer said of the game in which victory was all but ensured. “We still have some things we need to work on, but we played hard the entire game, and that’s what good teams are supposed to do.”
Mayer was quick to praise his team’s defense. “People see that we score a lot, and we do, but a lot of it comes from our defense.” Overall, the coach noted, “we play hard. We get down on the floor for loose balls. That stuff has to continue all year long no matter if we’re playing well or playing bad.”
West is on the road this week with a Tuesday, Nov. 29, date with Dubuque Senior High School, and a Thursday, Dec. 2, visit to Hempstead. The Women of Troy are back on the home court Tuesday, Dec. 6, to entertain Waterloo West.