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Cats open second season with a big win

Westview hits on all cylinders to blow past Sheldon in round one

ROCK CREEK - Westview added another win to its 'incredible year' last Wednesday, smacking Sheldon, the Southwest Conference's No. 3 seed, 68-50 at Westview High School.

The Wildcats had it all going with Andy Poling dominating inside (22 points and 14 rebounds) and Terrell Wallace pacing the outside attack with 18 points on 3-of-3 shooting behind the three-point arc.

'That was our goal: Make them respect Andy and our shooters hit jumpers,' Wallace said. 'We came out with confidence and intensity.'

Poling had six points and Wallace buried a deep three-pointer as Westview took a 9-2 lead. The Irish charged back with a 13-2 spurt, but the Wildcats took over from there.

Sophomore wing Garrett Jackson drained a left-elbow jumper to end the first quarter. Westview continued on a 9-0 run in the second quarter with Wallace burying another 'three' and sophomore guard Hayes Garrity a pull-up jumper for a 20-15 lead.

'Coach emphasizes that it starts inside and goes outside,' Poling said. 'It opens up the whole floor.'

Westview used all of it effectively. Poling's block put the ball in Wallace's hands for a burst upcourt before firing to Garrity for a layin, a three-point play and a 29-19 lead.

The Wildcats led 31-22 at halftime, then pulled away with a 16-0 run. Poling's two-handed jam ignited it and Garrity fueled the fire with a deep three-pointer. Jackson's block and fastbreak layin made it 40-24 and Poling later scored inside for a 47-24 lead.

Poling added another dunk in a 10-point third quarter when the Wildcats shot 11-of-16 from the floor to move ahead 55-33.

Westview also cranked up the defense, forcing nine Irish turnovers in the third quarter. The Wildcats held Sheldon wing Trevor Clemo, a first-team SWC selection, in check all game. Clemo tied Tyler Reynolds with a team-high 14 points, but both got most of those in the final quarter when the game was out of hand.

'We can play some tough defense when we want to,' Poling said. 'We just have to play it every time down the floor.'