Injuries caused a few hiccups late in the season, but No. 6 Westlake has pushed through and looks to start a deep playoff run when it hosts No. 27 Crowley in the bi-district round of the Class 3A playoffs on Thursday.
“We have hit a few kinks here and there,” Westlake head coach Gloria Fontenot said. “We have some injuries that we have been fighting through.
“You get to the end of the season, and you are banged up and tired and you have to push through. We have to come prepared and ready to play every game. if we do that I think we have a good shot to go far.”
Game time is set for 6:15 p.m.
Four players in the Lady Rams’ starting rotation have had to deal with injuries or illness in the last few weeks including senior guard and leading scorer Jada Gasaway (16 ppg), senior forward Savannah Robertson and juniors Destiny Peltier (guard, 12 ppg) and Dede Guillory (forward).
“It has been one thing after another,” Fontenot said. “They are a team that fights.
“We were playing really well mid-season. We were moving the ball, scoring in transition and we were stronger defensively. We have kind of hit a rut. We just have to find it again. We have to finish. We take the lead and let teams fight back. We have to focus and finish the type of shots we are capable of.”
Westlake had some big wins early in the season, beating defending Class 1A champion Elton 51-39, 3A No. 5 Albany 82-61 and 5A school Slidell. Westlake is 13-0 when it holds teams under 40 points.
“We have a pretty good transition game,” Fontenot said. “Honestly, it is not the only thing we depend on.
“My kids execute well in a half-court game even if they have Jada in a box-and-one. We have practiced that a lot to get them involved in the game, and they can step up and score. I think we are a strong offensive team, but we haven’t been shooting real well. We have kind of hit a slump here lately. We are more than capable of scoring. I have really good guard play, and our posts do real well in our defense. We are pushing for our posts to step up offensive and the guards step up on defense. If we can get that, we will be ok.”
Crowley has won four of its last five games.
“They (Crowley) are very athletic looking,” Fontenot said. “I don’t think they are a bad team at all.
“I think we have a good draw overall through it (bracket) all. It is one of the best I have seen, but at the end of the day, we have to take care of business. We have to show up and execute the game plan. Anyone can be beaten. It doesn’t matter if you are the higher seed.”