South Lakes 48
Westfield junior guard Tiffany Torres was unhappy with her play in the first 32 minutes of yesterday's Virginia AAA Concorde District game at South Lakes. In the four-minute overtime period, she wasted no time making amends.
Torres grabbed two key rebounds and scored five of the Bulldogs' first seven points in the extra session, sparking Westfield to a 57-48 win. The Bulldogs (11-7, 4-5) scored 13 points in overtime, more than they had in any of the eight-minute quarters.
"We just wanted to come out and get a run on them," said Torres, who finished with a team-high 17 points, 13 in the second half. "I felt like I had a few lapses in the first half, so I tried to make up for them in overtime."
She started the period with an offensive rebound and a free throw, added a jumper from past the foul line and later, with her team ahead by three, caught a half-court pass from MaryLynne Schaefer for a breakaway layup to give her team a five-point lead.
"Tiffany is a kid who has the ability to take over games," Westfield Coach Pat Deegan said. "Toward the end of the game, she started scoring on the blocks, making some plays, and doing what I know she's capable of doing."
South Lakes (9-10, 4-6) led by 11 in the first half, and never trailed until early in the fourth quarter, when Westfield senior Ashleigh Hollman (13 points) made the game's only three-pointer, giving the Bulldogs a one-point lead.
The back-and-forth ending was further spiced by many subplots.
Westfield eliminated South Lakes in last year's district playoffs; the teams are in a three-way tussle with Herndon for the final home playoff spot in the district tournament. Their previous meeting also went into overtime, with visiting South Lakes earning a 64-62 victory on Jan. 10.
Finally, Westfield's Jessica Honesty attended South Lakes last season before transferring to Westfield at the beginning of this school year. Honesty, who missed the first three games while waiting for her family's move to become official, had 14 points last night.
"All those girls [at South Lakes], they're my friends, and it's very hard to play against them," said the sophomore forward. "Words can't describe how I feel."
Junior guard Kim Franklin had 17 points for South Lakes, which had eight players in uniform, three of whom were battling the flu.