Westport boys, girls come out on top

PLATTSBURGH - It was all Eagles last weekend as both the boys and girls basketball teams from Westport attained their respective Section VII Class D titles.

Both teams came out strong in the second half to finish with a wide margin of victory.

On March 6, the Westport girls held off a late rally by Willsboro to finish with a 39-30 victory.

The Eagles had won once and lost twice against Willsboro earlier in the season, but were able to prevail with their postseason hopes on the line.

In a highly defensive contest, the Warriors took an early 9-4 lead, but were held to just four points in the second quarter as Westport took a one-point lead at halftime.

The two teams traded scores until mid-way through the fourth quarter when baskets from Willa McKinley and Sarah Gibbs allowed the Eagles to build a five-point lead.

Westport's defense limited the Warrior's scoring in the final minutes as Martha McKinley and Gibbs each hit foul shots to extend the Eagles' lead.

The McKinley sisters led Westport with Willa notching 11 points and seven rebounds. Martha added nine points and nine rebounds. Gibbs also had nine for the Eagles.

Jennifer Murphy recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors. Codia Holland also added 11 points.

On the boys side, Westport overcame a slow start against Moriah to defend their title 47-33.

The Vikings jumped out to an early 11-6 lead after one quarter, but sophomore guard Bo McKinley kept Westport in the game with seven straight points in the second quarter and cutting Moriah's lead to one at the half.

The Eagles' defense picked up in the second half as they outscored Moriah 14-7 in the third quarter. They then converted 12-of-22 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to pull away even further, holding the Vikings scoreless in the final three minutes.

McKinley finished with 17 points to lead Westport. Nathan Gay and Sean Davis each added eight. Gay also led in rebounding with 15.

Hayden Whalen was the top scorer for Moriah with 15 points. Tyler Blaise added 11 for the Vikings, who improved on last year's 45-19 loss to Westport in the title game.

Both Westport teams advanced to the state quarterfinals to take on the Section X/II regional champions. Both games are to take place at SUNY Potsdam.

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