By ANDREA MARTIN
WS sports writer
DAYTON – If there is one thing that seems to be giving the Pirates a hard time this year, it is their games on the road. After travelling to Malad last week, and coming home with a loss, they realized their record on the road isn’t doing them much justice.
At home they have lost few, but on the road they can’t seem to make it click. Malad simply out-worked West Side. Senior Brett Thornley said, “Malad was a tough loss, but they out worked us and it showed.”
Offensively the Pirates struggled finding any offensive rhythm. With Malad’s intensity high on their home court, the Pirates struggled to get their momentum. JD Cook carried them through against the Dragons with 23 points.
West Side also played Soda Springs at home a few days earlier. Coming out with a win against Soda was just the push that they needed. Cook kept them in the game early on, making sure they were only behind the Cardinals by four during the last two seconds of the first half, 23-19.
“Soda was a big win. They are a really good team and it was nice for our team to win a hard-fought game against them,” said Cook, who also had 21 points against the Cardinals.
Jaxon Smart and Mason Lemmon were two big contributors to the win with 14 and 10 points.
Smart said, “for the Soda game we came out ready to play and the intensity was there. We had good ball movement too.”
The final score against the Cardinals was 61-56.
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