Mustangs cage Bearcats with strong second half

WILLIAMSPORT — Westfall cranked up its defensive pressure to force 13 second half turnovers on Friday and defeat visiting Paint Valley 57-41 in a Scioto Valley Conference game.

“I was really proud of our defensive effort tonight,” Westfall coach Christian Meister said. “In the second half we forced a number of turnovers which lead to points, and we did a good job of finishing possessions with defensive rebounds against a really athletic team.”

Westfall’s Casey Cline goes up strong for two of his game-high 20 points on Friday against Paint Valley. View a photo gallery from the game.

The Mustangs’ backcourt had their best game of the season, as seniors Casey Cline and Blaec Bugher and junior Brody Clark combined to score 46 points, 27 of those coming during the final two quarters of play.

Paint Valley (5-2, 3-1) entered the second half nursing a 24-23 lead, but the Mustangs started to turn the complexion of the game with a 16-7 third quarter.

Bugher led the way with six points during the period and Cline followed with five to give the Mustangs a 39-31 lead.

Westfall continued on the offensive in the fourth quarter with four players again contributing to the scoring.

Westfall’s Blaec Bugher scored all nine of his points in the second half on Friday against Paint Valley. View a photo gallery from the game.

Cline contributed seven points during an 18-10 run, Clark tallied five and Seth Gifford added a pair of baskets for four points.

Cline led all scorers with 20 points, Clark tallied 17, and Gifford and Bugher added nine apiece. Cline also chipped in seven rebounds.

“We made it a point to get Brody and Casey going tonight,” Meister said. “I thought they came out with an aggressive mindset and did a good job of playing looser on the offensive end. Our unselfish play from all of our rotation players allowed for those two to get many open looks.”

Westfall’s Seth Gifford goes up to score on Friday against Paint Valley. View a photo gallery from the game.

Dax Estep had 10 points to pace the Bearcats.

The Mustangs (4-3, 3-1) continue conference play on Tuesday when they host Huntington.

“This was a big win for our team, and we hope to build off of it moving forward,” Meister said.

Westfall 57,
Paint Valley 41

PAINT VALLEY — Cavan Cooper 2-0-4, Jace Rhinehart 1-0-2, Cole Miller 3-0-7, Carson Free 3-0-6, Todd Fairrow 2-0-4, Braylon Robertson 3-0-8, Dax Estep 4-1-10. Three-point goals — Robertson (2), Estep, Miller. Total — 18 1-5 41.
WESTFALL — Brody Clark 5-4-17, Casey Cline 6-5-20, Blaec Bugher 4-1-9, Henry Barnes 1-0-2, Seth Gifford 4-1-9. Three-point goals — Clark (3) and Cline (3). Total — 20 11-17 57.

Quarter scores 1 2 3 4 F
Paint Valley 15 9 7 10 41
Westfall 14 9 16 18 57

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