Westfall forces 17 first half turnovers in win over South Gallia

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Westfall 65, South Gallia 43
Mixing a heavy dose of ball-pressure along with a pinch of rebounding
was the perfect recipe for the Westfall Mustangs Tuesday night. The Mustangs forced 17 turnovers and outrebounded the visiting South
Gallia Rebels 21-13 in the first half en route to a 65-43 non-league
victory.


WILLIAMSPORT —Mixing a heavy dose of ball-pressure along with a pinch of rebounding was the perfect recipe for the Westfall Mustangs Tuesday night.
The Mustangs forced 17 turnovers and outrebounded the visiting South Gallia Rebels 21-13 in the first half en route to a 65-43 non-league victory.

“We had a good balanced night offensively,” Westfall coach Kent Wolfe said. “We put three players into double figures and all three of our post players were close to double digits.

“We’re trying to get everybody involved.”

Bryan Boring led the Mustangs with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Bryant Gibson had 14 points and four steals, and Tyler Kritsch chipped in 11 points.

“We had an advantage with our size, but they were very physical,” Boring said. “We knew we needed to gain an advantage in the game rebounding wise and we wanted to match their physical play.”

Westfall (8-6) took control of the game early with a 19-7 first quarter that featured plenty of balance. Aric Musselman and Tyler Cobb both nailed a pair of baskets as six different Mustangs scored.

Westfall also forced South Gallia (2-13) into nine turnovers during the period and doubled up the Rebels with a 12-6 rebounding advantage.

Kritsch provided much of the second quarter offense for the Mustangs, knocking down a trey and two layups to open the period. Westfall also held South Gallia to two of 12 shooting in the quarter as the Mustangs expanded its lead to 31-12 going into intermission.

“Tyler has been coming on,”Wolfe said. “He had a torn ankle in the preseason and that hurt him some.

“He’s playing with confidence and gave us some good minutes.”

Faced with Scioto Valley Conference contests against Adena tonight and at Unioto Friday, Westfall backed off of South Gallia in the second half. The games take on added important with the tournament draw being held Sunday, and the Mustangs being in the same boat as a lot of teams in the Southeast District Division III Waverly sectional.

“We backed off some because we wanted to save our legs,” Wolfe said. “We have three games in four days and these are going to be important games for us and trying to get a good tournament seed.

“Adena coming up is a big game because they are right with us in the fight for a good seed, and are looking for some redemption since they lost to us at their place.”

Tyler Duncan had 15 points to lead South Gallia and Vance Fellure gathered 11.

“The key to the game for us was making sure we knew where Duncan was and hold him in check,” Wolfe said. “Bryant Gibson did a good job on him, especially in the first half where we held him to two points.

“We also had some good help on defense to pick him up when he penetrated.”

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