Saturday April 1st, 2023 12:29AM

Basketball: West Hall teams sweep into Lanierland field

By AccessWDUN Staff

OAKWOOD — The West Hall girls and boys swept Johnson on Saturday in the play-in games for the upcoming Lanierland Tournament later this month.

The Lady Spartans opened with a stunning 36-28 win over the Lady Knights while the West Hall boys rolled to a 72-37 win in the second game.

For the West Hall girls, the win put them back in the tournament for the first time since 2020. It was the second win of the season for the Lady Spartans (2-5) after going winless last season.

Summer Orlick led West Hall with 11 points and Yatsar Matos had 10 points. 

The Lady Spartans led 8-5 after the first quarter and took a 15-11 lead into halftime. Johnson (0-3) trimmed the lead to 23-20 heading into the fourth quarter but West Hall pulled away down the stretch.

New coach Jacob Selman said they are working hard to rebuild the program. Getting back into the tournament field was a high priority.

“This was definitely a goal for these girls,” Selman said. “We’ve been pushing them to play hard and hustle and they are just working so hard to get better. They’re super-excited to have won this one.”

Johnson was led by Destiny Ramirez, who poured in a career-high 18 points. But she fouled out in the fourth quarter, as did leading-scorer Alana Young, who was held scoreless on the night. No other Johnson player had more than 2 points.

In the boys game, the Spartans  opened with a 22-12 first quarter run and never looked back in advancing to the eight-team Lanierland Tournament field later this month.

West Hall (3-2) blew it open, outscoring the Knights 16-5 in the second quarter for a 38-17 halftime lead. The Spartans took a 54-29 lead into the final period.

Owen Jenkins continued his hot start to the season pouring in 27 points.  Isaiah Holder added 12 points and Andrew Malin and Quintavous Reid each added 9 points for West Hall. Xavier Felix had 8 points and 8 assists for the Spartans.

Monty Young paced Johnson (0-3) with 10 points. Jaiden Riley had 8 points and Max Durham 6 points for the Knights.

© Copyright 2023
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Basketball: West Hall teams sweep into Lanierland field
The West Hall girls and boys swept Johnson on Saturday in the play-in games for the upcoming Lanierland Tournament later this month...
7:29PM ( 15 minutes ago )
US knocked out of World Cup, loses to the Netherlands 3-1
Memphis Depay and Daley Blind scored in the first half and Denzel Dumfries added a late goal as the Netherlands eliminated the United States from the World Cup with a 3-1 victory that advanced the Dutch to the quarterfinals
4:51PM ( 2 hours ago )
Rust issues? Deshaun Watson's long layoff could be factor
Deshaun Watson may be a bit rusty when he plays his first game in nearly two years this weekend
10:42AM ( 9 hours ago )
ICYMI: Semifinal preview — GHS prepares for shot at state title game
Gainesville came into the 2022 season with a new coach and hoping for a whole new attitude. Both have been better than advertised...
12:11PM ( 1 day ago )
ICYMI: Underrated Red Elephants defense may hold the key to title run
The talk most of the season has been about an explosive Gainesville offense built around playmakers. But the key to the Red Elephants’ best playoff run since 2013 may be one of the state’s most underrated and best kept secrets...
12:03PM ( 1 day ago )
Football playoffs: Did the FGN crew pick Gainesville or Roswell?
Caleb Hutchin remains one game ahead of Jeff Hart in the FGN Playoff Pick 'Em Standings.
7:04AM ( 1 day ago )
High School Sports
Boys basketball: Bluff falls to Seckinger
Cherokee Bluff fell to Seckinger, 75-51, in the Region 8-4A opener at home on Friday.
By AccessWDUN Staff
10:00PM ( 21 hours ago )
Girls basketball: Brick sets 3-point record in win; Chestatee wins
Bella Brick scored a career-high 35 points to lead the Flowery Branch girls past Jackson County at home on Friday.
By AccessWDUN Staff
9:09PM ( 22 hours ago )
Girls basketball: LCA rallies for win; Johnson drops region opener
Lanier Christian Academy improved to 3-3 with a 31-29 come-from-behind win on the road Thursday night...
By AccessWDUN Staff
6:44AM ( 1 day ago )
Girls basketball: Branch, Banks, Buford, Rabun get wins: Johnson, Lakeview fall
After falling behind at the end of the first quarter, the Flowery Branch girls grabbed the lead and held on to beat East Hall, 56-47, on the road Tuesday...
By AccessWDUN Staff
6:06AM ( 3 days ago )
Boys basketball: Lakeview's rally falls short, Johnson, Jefferson, Lumpkin lose; WHall wins
The Lakeview boys basketball team's rally fell short as they fell to Athens Christian, 56-52, on Tuesday.
By AccessWDUN Staff
10:19PM ( 3 days ago )