By Amy Rutledge
Anyone watching the game might have thought it was over in the first quarter, but regardless of the score, the Westlake Demons had to play four quarters to beat Midview 71-24 in the girls basketball sectionals held at Elyria Catholic High School.
“I was very happy with their performance,” said head coach Chip Weiss. “I told them to get out there as much as we can and run the floor.”
Any nerves the Demons had coming into the game didn’t show as they dominated the entire afternoon. The first quarter solely belonged to Westlake as they went on a 25-point scoring spree preventing any successful shot by Midview. In the second quarter, any scoring the Middies did had little impact on the Demons lead as they couldn’t come closer than 29 points to Westlake. Rachael Trujillo came up big for the Demons scoring nearly half of Westlake’s 25 points in the first quarter alone and added six more in the second.
Weiss said the bench for the Demons will play a big role this year in tournaments and the game was a good opportunity for some of those players to get tournament play experience.
“We have to keep playing hard,” he said. “We can’t let down. It was a great opportunity for the bench to come up, because we are definitely going to have them in the tournament this year.
“What we really tried to do is keep focused, keep doing the things we needed to do, and take every opportunity you have to do the best job that you can,” Weiss added. “I don’t care what the score is you can’t let down.”
While many teams might coast to a victory after having a 29 point lead at the half, the Demons didn’t back down, playing hard to increase their lead in the third quarter by as many as 43 points. Trujillo added another eight points in the second half.
“We had a nice stretch last Wednesday when we played Olmsted Falls, and played very well offensively,” Weiss stated. “Tonight that’s what I was excited to see. This was new territory for us playing at Elyria Catholic so I said, ‘Keep shooting. Learn your surroundings.’”
Trujillo led the Demons with 25 points followed by Maggie Zimmerman with 16. Lauren Wichman added six points and Ali Collins, Corinne Furci and Rachel Collins added five each. Also contributing were Katie Carroll with four, Ally Labroo and Liz Kobe with two and Olivia Bronikowski with one.
The Demons will face John Marshall tonight. Weiss said if they keep playing their defense and offense well the Demons will again come out with a victory.
“We need to go out and execute the same thing offensively and defensively and just put a lot of pressure on John Marshall,” Weiss said.