By ALYSSA NIELSEN
WS sports reporter
The Pirates’ basketball season came to an end on Thursday at the hands of the Wendell Trojans. After losing to Soda in the district championship game, West Side faced the Trojans in a state play-in game on American Falls’ neutral court.
It was a close battle, but the Pirates let it get away, losing 53-49.
West Side started off on a high note with an 8-0 run. But the Trojans battled back with a couple of three-point shots. The period ended with the Pirates leading 12-8. After tying the game at 14 a couple of minutes into the second period, Wendell took charge. The half-time score was 23-21 for the Trojans. Wendell out-rebounded West Side 18-12.
The Pirates regained the lead in the third and managed to hold it for the first four minutes. With a minute left in the third quarter West Side was down 37-32. But they tied it at 37 going into the last quarter.
The final eight minutes of the game was a seesaw battle. The Pirates couldn’t capitalize on its opportunities at the end.
Senior Jason Wade fittingly led the scoring for the Pirates with 12 points in his last high school game. Tristen Cox and Matt Turnbow each put in nine and Wyatt Beckstead had eight points. Twenty of Wendell’s 53 points came from free throws. The Pirates only got to the charity stripe eight times.
This story is sponsored by FCMC Big Brother/Big Sister Party.
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