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West girls top East 37-21

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By Todd Martin

The West Middle Lady Missiles finally pulled away from East in the third meeting of the two basketball teams Thursday.

East had cut West's lead to just four points, but West pulled away in the second half to win 37-21.

"I think it took awhile for us to get going," West head coach Dana Smith said. "During a timeout in the second half I challenged Aaliyah Wells, and told her it's time to take over and she did."

Wells led all scorers with 20 points, 16 coming in the second half.

"After that timeout we started to get some steals and finish," Smith said. "We had been getting to the basket, but we just weren't finishing. Once we got going, I thought we looked pretty good."

Smith also pointed out the play of Allie Stumbo and Kelsey Hall.

Stumbo had seven steals and six rebounds to go with four points, and Hall, Smith said, is growing into her role.

"She had a couple of baskets and five rebounds in the first half," the coach said. "I thought she did a really good job. She wasn't playing much early in the season, but she's worked her way into the starting line up, and she's playing some pretty good defense."

East head coach Kelly Cable said she thought her team started strong, but there was just too much Wells in the second half.

"I thought we played very, very hard," she said. "In the first half I thought we did a good job on Aaliyah and Allie, but Aaliyah just took over in the second half. We couldn't stop her."

Cable also noted how well her team played together.

"I thought we had a great team effort," she said. "Defensively we slowed them down in the first half and I thought the girls carried out the game plan well. We just couldn't stop Aaliyah."