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Staying alive

Staying alive by Adrian curry

I tuned in to the Westerville south-Worthington kilbourne game that was rescheduled to tonight due to COVID concerns. This turned out to be a great game. This game had major conference title implications as the wildcats were in 2nd place behind undefeated Westerville north and needed a win to keep pace while the wolves were looking to play spoiler after a hard-fought rivalry win over scioto on Friday night. Early on the the first quarter saw a back and forth affair with both teams getting out to a strong start with kilbourne grabbing the early 14-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. The 2nd quarter continued the momentum for kilbourne as the wildcats settled for outside shots and were struggling to hit them and get it inside. Kilbourne was able to get contributions from everyone led by Lauren Scott as they extended the lead to 27-20 at the half. Early in the 3rd quarter kilbourne continued the momentum and played really hard on both ends and defending the post and getting steals. They opened up a 34-23 lead midway through the quarter. Westerville south finally was able to get back in the game thanks to their defense and were able to start hitting shots and getting Aja Austin involved. The wildcats ended the quarter and trailed 40-37 going to the 4th. Kilbourne scored the first points on free throws but then the wildcats shut down the wolves and were able to get timely baskets and were able to tie it at 42. They were able to regain the lead on a 3-pointer by Leila Jones and were able to hit their free throws late and make the necessary plays to hold off kilbourne and win 53-49. With the win the wildcats move to 10-2 and all-importantly stay alive in the conference race only 1 1/2 games back of undefeated Westerville north ahead of their big showdown at Westerville south on Friday while kilbourne drops to 6-4 on the season. Westerville south was led by Aja Austin with 19 points and 13 rebounds and the guards came to play again tonight with Leila Jones and neila Guice combining for 30 points.

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