Playing for the first time in nearly two weeks, Westwood girls basketball Head Coach Kurt Corcoran wasn’t sure how his team would shoot the basketball in the opening quarter Tuesday night against Iron Mountain. The Patriots calmed their coach’s fears by turning in one of their best offensive performances of the season, downing the Mountaineers 63-54 in West PAC action.
The first four shots of the game all connected as Westwood’s Madelyn Koski and Iron Mountain’s Riley Poupore netted a combined 11 points in the opening 90 seconds. Westwood led 15-10 after one quarter but the Mountaineers battled back and took a one-point lead with under three minutes left in the first half. The Patriots ripped off an 8-0 run but a stolen pass with ten seconds left led to an Iron Mountain layup, bringing the Mountaineers within 29-24 at halftime.
The two teams traded the lead early in the third quarter before Westwood managed to build a seven-point advtanage heading into the fourth. Iron Mountain got within four points with 1:02 to play but the Patriots salted away the victory at the free throw line.
Koski has a monster night, leading all scorers with 28 points while 18 of Tessa Leece’s 22 points came after halftime. The Patriots were 16/18 at the free throw line and improve to 14-1 on the season. Poupore led Iron Mountain (5-9) with 21 points. Westwood returns to action Friday night at home against Manistique.