Westwood Girls Survive Scare From Gwinn

Westwood withstood their toughest test in two months Monday night, edging Gwinn 38-37 in Mid Peninsula girls basketball action.

A defensive battle from the opening tip, the two teams held each to just one made field goal in the first six minutes of the game but two free throws and a late field goal gave Gwinn a 6-2 lead after a quarter.

Westwood rallied back to take a 14-13 lead at halftime and led 21-19 late in the third quarter. That’s when Gwinn went on an 11-4 run to go up 30-25 heading into the fourth.

Gwinn led 34-29 late in the game before Westwood tied things up with a 5-0 run, capped by a Tessa Leece step-back three-pointer at the 1:45 mark. Natalie Prophet gave Westwood the ball back by taking a charge then converted an old-fashion three-point play on the ensuing possession.

Trailing by three, Gwinn attempted to run the clock down and hold for the last shot but Leece stole the ball at midcourt and was fouled with six seconds left. Leece split the two foul shots and a Modeltowner half court heave before the buzzer was too little too late.

Leece led the Patriot attack with 17 points while Prophet added ten. Westwood is now 16-1 and visits Negaunee on Friday.