No. 1 Western leaves Walbrook behind, 78-40

January 06, 1994|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

It wasn't that long ago that a Western-Walbrook game was considered the highlight of the girls basketball season.

Standing-room-only crowds would fill the gymnasium to see the city's top two teams. On several occasions, a No. 1 ranking was at stake.

In recent years, however, the once-competitive rivalry has become somewhat one-sided in Western's favor.

The trend continued yesterday at Western, as the top-ranked Doves routed unranked Walbrook, 78-40, in a City-Wide 4A League game.

Western has won the past three meetings between the schools by an average margin of nearly 37 points.

"We stopped running the fast break vs. Walbrook because it wouldn't prove anything to score 100 points," Western coach Breezy Bishop said.

"I used the game as an opportunity to work on running some special plays and things we needed to work on. It was a good workout."

Said Walbrook coach Pete Connally: "We didn't embarrass ourselves. I don't care what the score was. We're getting better. By the end of the year, we'll be a good basketball team."

Western (8-1, 4-0) again was led by the junior tandem of Kimberly Smith and Chanel Wright.

Smith scored a team-high 26 points -- including four three-pointers -- and handed out six assists.

Wright added 23 points and 13 rebounds.

Walbrook received a strong effort from junior guard DaShawn Coleman, who scored a game-high 27.

Center Danielle Turner (six points) pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds.

The Warriors (2-3, 2-1) managed to trade baskets with the Doves for the first five minutes, taking leads of 5-4 and 7-6.

Western ended the first quarter on a 15-3 run, however, and Walbrook never recovered. The Doves held the Warriors to six points in the second quarter en route to a 42-15 halftime lead.

"We let the game get away in the second quarter," Connally said. "We had trouble with penetration. Western collapsed inside when we tried to penetrate, and my forwards aren't experienced enough to know to move and look for the pass."

Walbrook's best player, forward Jamee Greenwood, left the game with 2:38 remaining in the third quarter after twisting her right ankle.

Greenwood, who was averaging 22.3 points, had scored just two points before her departure. After the game, Connally said he was uncertain as to the severity of the injury.

Western was playing its third game without 6-foot-2 center Danielle Davis, who is recovering from a kidney infection.

Despite yesterday's convincing victory, Bishop said her team still has not adjusted to the loss of Davis, who is expected to return later this month.

"We're not the same team without her," Bishop said.

"When she first went out, we were playing on inspiration. My starters have to learn to be patient with some of the new kids."

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