Saturday, January 06, 2001

Western Hills 88, Withrow 70


No. 2 Mustangs put it all together

By Dave Schutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The rap that the Western Hills Mustangs play as individuals and not as a team was erased Friday against Withrow.

        Playing outstanding team ball and dominating in every aspect of the game, the No.2-ranked Mustangs crushed the Tigers 88-70 before a crowd of 900 at Western Hills.

        “This was by far our best game of the season,” Western Hills coach Lannis Timmons said. “I thought we came out and played good defense, which set the tone for the game.”

        The Mustangs took a 6-0 lead 50 seconds into the game and were superb both on offense and defense throughout the game.

        Not known as a good outside shooting team, the Mustangs were so dominant on the inside they launched only five shots from beyond 15 feet in the first half en route to a 50-25 lead.

        Balance was the key in the first half for Western Hills as Michael Hadnot scored 13 points, Danny Horace 12 and Darryl Peterson 11. Point guard Malcom Andrews had seven assists.

        “When they shoot like that, they can beat a lot of teams,” Withrow coach George Jackson said. “They had a good game plan and executed well. The way they played tonight, you could say they are No.1.”

        Peterson, a 6-foot-6 senior forward who will attend Akron, reflected to last season after the game.

        “Last year we played as individuals, but we've learned it takes a team to win,” Peterson said. “We lost to Elder last year for that reason.”

        When the Mustangs opened up a 66-33 lead early in the third quarter, some of the crowd headed toward the exits, knowing the Mustangs had taken over first place in the Queen City Conference.

        Western Hills dominated on the boards. The superior strength on the inside of Horace, Hadnot and Peterson helped the Mustangs pull down 51 rebounds to Withrow's 32.

        “We have to get a few things straighted out mentally,” Jackson said. “We'll just keep plugging away and hope to get better.”

        West Hi and Withrow play again later in January at UC's Shoemaker Center.

        The Mustangs' next challenge is a trip to Elder on Monday.

        “If we continue to play as a team, we should do well against Elder,” Peterson said. “They're tough to beat at Elder, but like I said, if we play as a team, we'll be there.”

        WITHROW (70) - Crawford 1 3 5, McGuire 3 0 9, Washington 5 6 19, Lockhart 3 0 6, Jeffries 5 0 10, Darden 6 1 13, Garth 3 2 8. Totals: 26 12 70.

        WESTERN HILLS (88) - Andrews 5 0 11, Banks 2 2 6, Mills 2 0 4, Hadnot 7 0 15, Peterson 10 0 21, Smith 2 2 6, Horace 11 0 23, Hix 1 0 2. Totals: 40 4 88.

        Withrow ....... 17  8 20 25-70

        Western Hills ....... 23 27 17 21-88

        3-pointers: Wi McGuire 3, Washington 3. WH--Horace, Andrews, Peterson, Hadnot. Records: Western Hills 6-3, 5-0 QCC; Withrow 6-3, 4-1 QCC.

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