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CANNELTON—West Washington used a lot of fast breaks to outscore Cannelton 22-3 in the third quarter en route to a 60-30 girls basketball victory Saturday.
Cannelton led 13-12 midway through the second quarter but scored only three points in the next 12 minutes.
“We played well for about 1 1⁄2 quarters,” said Cannelton Coach Mike Garrett. “But we got worn out in the third quarter and they were releasing two girls on the (defensive) rebound. They’d have two girls at halfcourt as soon as the shot went up, and it was layup after layup.”
The fast-break layups helped the Senators hit 54.1 percent from two-point range, though they hit only 5 of 27 from three-point range.
Cannelton probably tired in the second half because of its lack of depth, which has been exacerbated by Taylor Lawalin’s season-ending knee injury. She tore an anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in her knee against Christian Academy of Indiana Dec. 8 and this was the Bulldogs’ first full game playing without her.
Garrett thought some of his other players were trying to do too much to pick up the slack left by the absence of Lawalin’s offense.
That may help explain the Bulldogs’ hitting only 19.3 percent from the field, including 2 for 17 from three-point range.
Mikah Hemmings scored 12 points and Allicyn Garrett 10 for 3-6 Cannelton.
Garrett and Melissa Clausen each grabbed nine rebounds.
Tori Packwood scored 25 points for the 4-5 Senators.