Westview girls basketball runs past rival Tolleson on road

Westview girls basketball runs past rival Tolleson on road

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Westview girls basketball runs past rival Tolleson on road

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In sprinting its way to an 8-0 record, Avondale Westview has yet to play a girls basketball game that didn’t finish with a running clock.

Westview coach Lisa Contreras had hoped that a road matchup with West Valley rival Tolleson would offer more adversity. After a 66-39 win Friday, Contreras will have to keep looking.

“I was hoping it would be a little bit closer,” said Contreras, who did say Tolleson played tougher than most of her team’s previous opponents. “I don’t like it to be too close, but I like that I get to see what my girls need to work on.”

Westview closed the first quarter on a 14-1 run to lead by 10, but Tolleson cut it to 19-16 early in the second quarter.

From there, Westview’s depth and conditioning took over. With a roster seemingly built with 5-foot-7 clones, Contreras could mix and match lineups without sacrificing any advantage in the transition game.

Westview consistently got behind the Tolleson defense for easy layups. When nothing was there on the fast break — which was rare — Westview was able to find shots behind the arc out of its base offense.

Westview led 35-22 at the half.

“As soon as I see the girls with their hands on their knees, then I say, ‘We got ’em,'” Contreras said.

Tolleson (5-4), which came in to the game off a one-point, last-second loss to Goodyear Millennium on Tuesday, looked deflated for much of the game.

“I really saw my young kids press and try to do too much,” Tolleson coach Dave Flick said. “My seniors tried to buckle down and carry the load for them, and we’re not a team that can do that right now.”

One senior who was able to provide a spark was guard Shay Heredia, who finished with 14 points despite missing a good portion of the third quarter with a knee injury.

Westview had three players score in double digits. Catherine Montes had a game-high 16, Renee Contreras scored 14 and Airianna Sesma had 11.

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