WHS boys start league with two wins
Picked to finished fifth in the Pioneer-Feather River League, Westwood High School's boys' basketball team started league play with two wins. The Lumberjacks (10-5) pounded Downieville 99-49 and downed Loyalton 85-76 at home last week.
"It's great to get off to a good start," Westwood head coach Phil Bryant said. "We changed up our fast break to feature Cody (Poggi) and Josh (Tilford), and get the ball down the court faster."
Westwood put up 29 points in the first quarter and led Downieville 57-31 at the half.
Poggi led the way with 24 points and Tilford had 15 points and 13 assists.
The Lumberjacks beat Loyalton, which defeated Portola earlier this year.
"The win gives us hope that we can compete against the bigger schools in our league. Loyalton is fast and a good shooting team," Bryant said. "We tried to break the game down into two-minute intervals. We wanted to start and finish each quarter strong."
Westwood did just that in the first half, leading 28-19 at the end of the first quarter and 49-39 at halftime.
Jimmie Arterberry poured in 23 points and was followed by Tilford's 21 and Poggi's 20. Ronnie Theobald added 17 points, including five three-pointers in the second half.
Tilford has given the Lumberjacks a lift at the point. The senior dished out 10 assists against the Grizzlies and committed just two turnovers in last week's two games.
"Josh has really ran the team well," Bryant said. "He's so quick with the ball and right his play is ahead of everyone on the team. He's the team leader."
Westwood hosts Portola Tuesday, Jan. 15 and travels to Greenville Thursday, Jan. 17.
This year, the Lumberjacks are competing for the Feather River League title in the split league.