Western Hills' boys basketball team struggled in the first quarter, improved in the second quarter, and finally got on track in the third quarter.
The Wolverines (4-15) went on to defeat Spencer County 57-45 Friday at WHHS' Lapsley Cardwell Gymnasium, but it was the Bears who controlled the game early.
Spencer led 19-15 after the first quarter and was still up four, 21-17, early in the second period. WHHS then went on a 10-point run with five points from Jonathan Hood, a layup by Corey Young and a three-pointer by Matt Satterwhite.
That put Western Hills up 27-21, and the Wolverines led 29-23 at halftime.
"We played a really bad first half,' WHHS coach Brian Gossage said. "We gave up more uncontested shots than we have in the last two weeks against anyone we've played. We told them at halftime no adjustments needed to be made. They just needed to play with the same intensity they've played with the last month.
"Several challenges were made in the seven or eight minutes we were in the locker room," he added, "and they responded to it and held them to four points in the third quarter."
Those four points came in the first two minutes of the third and made the score 31-27. WHHS then scored 13 straight points and led 44-27 at the end of the period.
"He was telling us that we needed to step up," WHHS junior Charles Keene said about Gossage's halftime talk. "We needed to play harder on defense, that they shouldn't have as many points as they did, and to do a better job on offense."
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