The Westview Wildcats (1-4) girls basketball team struggled to score in their 42-33 loss to Sherwood (3-1) Saturday evening. It was the lowest output for the the Wildcats so far this season.
Bria Thames led Westview with 15 points. Ashley Scoggin scored seven points in her limited minutes off the bench as she comes back from an injury.
After finishing third in the state last year, head coach Lindsay Strothers said his team is slow in moving the ball offensively right now. He attributes part of the team’s early struggles to the departure of 6A Player of the Year, Jaime Nared. He believes that as the season progresses and Scoggin fully returns, that they’ll work through their offensive woes and be competitive in the Metro League.
1.) How do you think your team played?
“We played not so well. We didn’t rebound well. We didn’t move the ball as a team very well. We made it up for it by throwing the ball away.”
2.) Do you think that had more to do with their 2-3 zone or your team just not executing?
“Their 2-3 zone was good. They’re a good team. But, our errors were unforced.”
3.) It looks like your managing Ashley’s minutes right now.
“Yeah, she only gets four minutes every quarter, then I take her out and asks how she’s doing.”
4.) She seems to add aggressiveness to your team.
“She adds a spark defensively and usually offensively. That helps us, especially defensively.”
5.) Bria had another double-digit scoring effort. What did you think of her play?
“Bria is awesome. I’m trying to get her to focus a little more on her defensive positioning. She’s aggressive with the ball on offense. She works really hard around the basket, which is great for us.”
6.) What have you learned about your team through the first five games of the season?
“We need to play more as a team. We tend to hold the ball too long. We don’t tend to pass the ball to people when they’re open.”
7.) Is that something they’ll get a knack of with just more practice?
“Yeah, they’ll get it. They were used to watching Jaime for three years. They didn’t really have to do much. Now they have to actually share the ball and find people that are open. They’re just a hair behind. They’ll see them, then they’ll throw it and the defense will be there. That will come as we move forward.”
8.) Where does your team fit in the Metro League?
“We’re in the middle. Right in the middle.”
Westview continues their non-league slate Tuesday at Madison at 7:30 p.m.
Check out photos from the game!