Westport girls stifle Warriors

WESTPORT - The Eagles finished their undefeated regular season and improved to 16-0 in dominant fashion with a 61-8 win over Willsboro in MVAC girls basketball Feb. 4.

Martha McKinley shot 9-of-12 from the field, finishing with 19 points and seven rebounds to lead Westport in a win sparked by the team's defense.

"We played good team defense from the beginning," said Westport head coach Hokey McKinley, "and that's how we play well. We also had great ball movement on offense."

The Division I-leading Warriors (9-6, 8-3) had size to their advantage with six-footers Morgan Jaquish and Alicia Mahoney, who leads the team in scoring.

"I wasn't that concerned because I figure our strength is our guards," said Westport head coach Hokey McKinley, "and we could keep them from getting the ball comfortably in the post."

And the Eagles did just that, fronting Willsboro's standout center and denying passes to the inside. Combined with tenacious defense on the perimeter, it led to many turnovers on the part of Willsboro.

Meanwhile, Westport capitalized at the other end of the court with layups in transition and spot-on shooting from mid-range. Christina Sherman added 14 points and Willa McKinley 10. Kalika Hopkins scored seven points, all in the first quarter, and added nine rebounds.

Mahoney led Willsboro with five of their eight points.

The win makes a perfect regular season for the Eagles, who have defeated all of their opponents by a margin of at least 16 points.

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