MUNSTER | Tuesday night might not have been the outcome legendary West Side coach Rod Fisher was looking for, but it still gets him one step closer to that elusive first state championship.
After committing turnover after turnover in the first half, West Side used a 14-point third quarter to run away from Morton in a 48-26 opening-round win in the Munster sectional.
West Side (17-4) held Morton to just six first-quarter points, as the Govs committed nine turnovers, including five in their first five possessions.
The Cougars picked up the pace in the second quarter thanks to five points from Amari Ferguson, but the Govs hung around and kept the lead to 23-18 because of eight combined points from Keonna Baldwin and Tatyanna Skinner.
"We haven't listened all year," Fisher said. "We have a lack of experience, discipline and vocal leadership."
But the third quarter was all West Side, as they went on an 8-0 run and extended their lead to 13 because most of their points came from breaking the Govs' zone, as their smaller, quicker guards Ferguson and Ashley Danzy were able to create havoc in the paint.
"This wasn't the typical West Side-Morton game because we only beat them by nine last time," Fisher said. "We need to get the ball in the middle against any defense."
After a Skinner layup midway through the fourth, the Govs didn't score again.
"We couldn't finish shots in the second half," Morton coach Tom Haluska said. "We struggled at times, but it's a maturity process and I'm proud of how hard the team worked throughout the entire season."