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Weston Ranch wins 8th straight
Second half surge lifts Cougars
Timnesha Wilson scored 18 points Wednesday night in Weston Ranch’s 58-42 win over Central Catholic. - photo by BRANDON PETERSEN
WESTON RANCH — Timnesha Wilson’s buzzer-beating half-court heave rattled home at the end of the fourth quarter Wednesday night at Weston Ranch High where the unbeaten Cougars remained that way with a 58-42 win over Central Catholic.
While the shot itself was a bit superfluous, it was a fitting cap to what was an impressive second half of offensive basketball for the crimson and grey.
The Cougars needed it after turning in a five-point second quarter that allowed the Raiders to claw back from a six-point deficit to tie the contest at 19 apiece heading into the break.
“We didn’t play well, we play defense well, we didn’t move our feet,” Weston Ranch head coach Chris Bauer said. “We got sloppy on inside stuff. We didn’t rebound well, you know, we just have to make the corrections and get back to playing our game.”
But in the third quarter alone, Weston Ranch doubled its first-half output, scoring 19 points, then backed it up in the fourth with a 20 spot.
Wilson was her usual hot-stepping self, driving the lane for four layups and hitting a pair of 3-pointers to finish with 18 and four assists.
“Offensively, we stayed aggressive, we got out and ran,” Bauer said. “Our passing was a lot better in the second half.”
Amber Bell scored eight points and Courtney Duran (2 assists) went for seven.
Jazmin Strane (2 assists) and Denell Fox both scored six from the paint.
Meanwhile, DeArbia Gardner (11 points, 2 assists) was outstanding on both ends, following up a solid defensive effort late with three straight treys from the right corner.
“They didn’t guard her and she’s a good shooter,” Bauer said. “She hit a couple of shots, it was big, it was nice for us.”
Gardner’s surge midway through the fourth put the game on ice, but despite the Cougars’ offensive flash in the second half, Bauer was unimpressed on the defensive end.
“It worked out for us, but again, our defense at the end of the game was atrocious, it really was,” he said. “We played great with our hands and horrible with our feet.”
The win improved the Cougars’ record to 8-0 with a big-time matchup against a much improved Beyer squad looming tonight in Weston Ranch.