Girls basketball

Dana Evans' big night powers West Side past host Red Devils

2014-02-15T21:00:00Z 2014-02-16T01:06:14Z Dana Evans' big night powers West Side past host Red DevilsAndrew Stem Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 15, 2014 9:00 pm  • 

LOWELL | West Side’s offense was clicking on all cylinders from the opening tip of Saturday’s Class 4A sectional title game against Lowell, and freshman Dana Evans played a big role in that.

Evans shot 14-of-18 from the field and scored a game-high 30 points as the Cougars beat the Red Devils 66-30 to claim the school’s 16th sectional title.

“The only one that’s going to stop Dana is Dana,” West Side coach Rod Fisher said.

The Cougars (17-3) will face Northridge in the second game of the Penn Regional next Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

Evans scored 11 points in the second quarter as the Cougars outscored the Red Devils 18-6 to turn a nine-point lead into a 21-point edge at halftime.

She scored four baskets and assisted on the fifth of a 10-0 run to close out the half.

“We played hard and we played as a team,” Evans said. “We loved how people doubted us. That motivated us a lot.”

West Side shot 26-of-46 from the field as a team.

“I was worried they wasted all their energy and emotion (Friday night),” Fisher said. “But they had a lot of residue. They kept coming back.”

The Cougars got a balanced scoring effort aside from Evans. Six players scored at least five points, led by eight apiece from Amari Ferguson and Jerrica Neal.

“It’s taken a while, but they have come together as a team,” Fisher said. “They’re bonded more. They are like sisters now. They just want to win.”

West Side’s defense held Lowell (11-8) to single-digit point totals in each quarter and limited the Red Devils to 13-of 54 shooting.

Sydney Barta scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Lowell.

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