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.