Hokes Bluff girls cruise past Westbrook Christian 50-35

Hokes Bluff’s Kendall Johnson and Westbrook Christian’s Grace Cockrell battle for position during Friday’s game. (Photo by Nick Johnston | Gadsden Times)

HOKES BLUFF — Hokes Bluff improved to 7-1 on the season with a 50-35 win over Westbrook in girls high school basketball Friday.

The Eagles trailed 4-0 early before going on a 12-0 run that gave them the lead for good. The Warriors (1-7) were unable to get any closer than seven points in the second half.

Hannah Evans led a balanced Hokes Bluff scoring attack with 18 points.

“We weren’t as focused defensively tonight as we usually are, but our offense got a lot better,” Hokes Bluff coach Jason Shields said. “Westbrook is young but they’re athletic. We started getting shots instead of taking shots. I think our scoring was more well-rounded tonight.”

Chloe Saunders and Kennedy Vice scored back-to-back baskets to give Westbrook the early lead. After that, Evans scored nine of the next 12 points to push the Eagles out to an 8-point advantage.

The Warriors hung tough, though, cutting it to 14-10 on a shot by Abby Lockridge at the buzzer to end the first quarter.

The game remained tight through most of the second quarter, though Westbrook never got closer than four points. Carlie Shields and Evans each hit 3-pointers late in the half helping extend the Eagles’ lead to 31-22 at the break.

Both teams focused more on defense in the second half, but Hokes Bluff was able to extend its cushion in the third.

A basket by Saunders got the Warriors within 31-26 early in the frame, before the Eagles went on a 14-3 run that extended into the fourth quarter that put the game out of reach. The lead was 42-29 entering the final period. Elizabeth White capped the run with a 3-pointer that gave Hokes Bluff its biggest lead of the contest, 45-29.

Westbrook got no closer than 12 in the final eight minutes.

Carlie Shields scored 15 points for the Eagles. Keisha Chapman added 12 points.

Lockridge finished with 10 and was the lone double-digit scorer for the Warriors. Saunders chipped in nine points and Lorien Welch scored seven.