PREP BASKETBALL: West Point sweeps Friday night matchups with Brewer

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West Point's Jay Lamar finished with 10 points in the Warriors' 71-60 win over Brewer. (Sammy Confer/The Cullman Tribune)

WEST POINT, Ala. – Fans packed Jim Boyd Gymnasium Friday night to see the West Point Warriors and Lady Warriors square off against Brewer and both teams were able to pick up wins over the Patriots. The Lady Warriors downed Brewer 55-36 and the Warriors handled the Patriots 71-60.

West Point 55 – Brewer 36 (Varsity Girls)

West Point got off to a good start on both sides of the ball, holding Brewer to just two points in the opening period, and four different Lady Warriors found the scoring column in the first period as they took a 12-2 lead into the second period. The Lady Patriots trimmed into the West Point lead a little bit in the second quarter and the Lady Warriors took a 23-15 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Ryleigh Jones and Braelee Quinn combined for 13 of West Point’s 19 third-quarter points as the Lady Warriors added on to their lead and held a 42-27 advantage after three periods. West Point went 11-of-13 from the free throw line in the final period and that kept Brewer at arm’s length the rest of the way as the Lady Warriors ended up defeating the Lady Patriots, 55-36.

Summer Mendoza finished with 19 points for West Point (4-3). Quinn added 15 points. Jones ended up with 11 points. Liberty Shadix added five points. Hallie Wheeler finished with three points and Laklin Shadix chipped in with two points.

West Point 71 – Brewer 60 (Varsity Boys)

Just like in the girls’ game, West Point got off to a very strong start on both sides of the ball. Jay Lamar collected back-to-back baskets to put West Point on the board with a little over four minutes to go in the opening period. Five different players scored in the first period for the Warriors. A Cade Simmons trey gave West Point a 14-0 lead, but Brewer nailed a trey to put themselves on the scoreboard. The Warriors would go into the second period with a 14-3 lead. 

West Point added onto their lead in the second quarter. Ethan Gammon nailed a trey to start the period, then later on, a Kanaan Sutter basket made it 21-3. The Patriots slowly started to trim into the deficit as a three, later followed by four straight free throws, cut the Warrior lead to 23-10. West Point got a three each from Lamar and Andrew Lynn and that helped push their lead to 30-12. The Patriots nailed one of their own from long-range to end the half as the Warriors would take a 32-16 lead into the locker room.

Simmons and Lamar each hit a three to start out the second half as West Point’s lead ballooned to 20 at 38-18. The Patriots went on a mini 6-2 run to make it a 40-24 game, but Kanen Trussell took over for several possessions as he put up 10 points and grabbed several huge offensive rebounds. His last basket gave the Warriors a 50-33 lead late in the third period. But the Patriots scored eight in a row to make it a nine-point game, but Lynn drilled yet another three to push West Point’s lead to 53-41 going into the final period. 

Brewer simply wouldn’t go away as a layup, followed by a three, made it 55-47 to start out the final period. But Lynn countered with back-to-back treys to increase the West Point lead to 61-47. The Patriots drilled a trio of threes to kept themselves in the game as their third one made it a 64-56 contest with almost three and a half minutes to go in the game. But Sam Wheeler and Trussell hit back-to-back layups to put an end to any attempt of a Brewer comeback as the Warriors ended up picking up the win, 71-60, to improve to 3-5 on the season.

Lynn led the way for West Point with 19 points as he finished with six treys on the night. Trussell added 12 points, 10 rebounds, and a steal. Lamar ended up with 10 points. Simmons (steal) and Gammon each finished with seven points. Perry added six points, six rebounds, three blocks, and a steal. Wheeler also ended up with six points, along with a pair of steals. Sutter and Aiden Dujoud each chipped in with two points.

West Point will host West Morgan Monday.

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