First quarter dooms Westwood Lumberjacks
Although Westwood put the first two points on the board, Portola swiftly pulled ahead and kept the lead for the rest of the night winning 73-60 Tuesday night, Jan. 15. "We take good shots but we don't shoot a high percentage," said Phil Bryant, head basketball coach at Westwood High School. "In the case of playing Portola we were 3 for 30 in shooting threes and just 4 for 19 from the foul line. Those kinds of percentages aren't good enough to win games."
The loss placed the Westwood Lumberjacks at 2-1 in league play.
After the first quarter, which ended with Westwood down 13-33, the Lumberjacks had to play catch up the rest of the game. Portola seemed to make every shot.
"We had some mental mistakes. Guys weren't in the right place at the right time. Then we had to play catch up. Portola is too good a team to get that far behind and let someone make up that kind of difference on them," said Bryant.
Down 22 points at one time in the first quarter, Westwood played hard the entire game, never losing heart. At the end of the game, the team was just four possessions away from winning.
The Lumberjacks tried to break the game into segments getting a good start and finish to every quarter. Westwood played well the first two minutes of the first quarter, poorly the middle four minutes, and average the last two minutes, said Bryant.
"I think we actually won the next 20 minutes of the game but it was never enough. We gave up 33 points in the first quarter and 40 the rest of the game," he said.