ROBERT S. MERRILL
West Side’s hopes of going to the state basketball tournament next week were dashed at the hands of North Star Charter Saturday afternoon at Burley in a play-in game.
The Pirates dropped the contest by 20 points 66-46. North Star jumped on West Side early and the team was firing on all cylinders. North Star led 17-6 at the end of the first quarter and outscored the Pirates in the second and third.
West Side tried several things defensively and North Star seemed to have an answer to everything the Dayton school threw at them.
Head coach Tyler Brown said North Star was very quick and very good.
“They had an answer for everything we attempted defensively. They were just a better team today,” he said.
“Even though the game didn’t go as we had hoped on Saturday, we had a great year. Seniors JD Cook and Bret Thornley were great leading the team. The kids all played hard and did everything that was asked of them.”
Brown said he is very optimistic about West Side’s future next year.
“We have a lot of younger players who had considerable playing time this year. We should be in a position to give it a real run next season.”
Cook led West Side with 16 points. Juniors Mason Lemmon and Jaxon Smart each chipped in eight points. North Star had 25 field goals and went 13 of 17 from the charity stripe. The Pirates had 18 field goals and were 10 of 17 from the line.
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