Photos and Story by Kris Freeman for White House High School
WHITE HOUSE – The Blue Devils have played a ton of close games this season, but Friday night at home against Westmoreland, White House decided to put one away with authority.
The hosts recovered from a 22-20 deficit at the half and finished off the Eagles for a 54-38 win at Jeff Bennett Gymnasium, pulling away in the fourth quarter before emptying the bench in the final two minutes.
A barrage of threes in the second half opened up the perimeter and the post, as senior Nathan Bowman scored 11 of his 14 points in the final two quarters. Bowman connected on four threes in the game but three of those came in the third quarter when his teammates surged into the lead.
Senior Ethan Droz scored nine and junior Amarion Lucas had eight, with sophomore Zane Brown adding six and senior Wesley Deakins and sophomore Caleb Dorris adding three each.
Senior leading scorer Quad Lucas was limited to just five points in the first half, but White House opened up the middle and fed him inside for six more in the second and he finished with 11.
Westmoreland (1-4) got 18 points from senior guard Ryker Hodge, but 14 of those came in the first as the red hot Eagles took an early lead. Anthony Leath came off the bench for seven, and Kamryn Eden scored six, Carter Penick five and Brycen Pardue two.
The Blue Devils turned up the intensity on defense in the second half and limited the visitors to 18 points.
White House (4-7, 1-1) will look to get ahead of .500 in the District 9-AA standings next week with three games. White House travels to Greenbrier on Tuesday, hosts a make up game with Heritage at home Thursday and then hosts Greenbrier again on Friday.