Lumberjacks improve to 5-1 in FRL
The Lumberjacks (12-6) downed Greenville 70-60 Thursday, Jan. 17 and dumped Herlong 78-67 and Chester 59-35 last week.
"We're rather erratic from the field, but I like the way we're playing right now," Westwood head coach Phil Bryant said. "The kids are playing hard."
Westwood shot well from the floor against Greenville, leading 31-20 at the half and building up to a 16-point lead in the second half.
Jimmie Arterberry and Cody Poggi netted 15 points, while Ronnie Theobald added 12.
"We defended pretty well and Greenville wasn't on their game that night," Bryant said.
Against Herlong last Friday, the Lumberjacks fell behind by 10 points early and had to fight back to tie the score at halftime.
"We weren't following our game plan and getting the ball inside to Cody, and until we did, we struggled," Bryant said.
Westwood adjusted and Poggi finished with a career-high 31 points. Poggi shot 10-for-23 form the field and hit 11 of 13 free throws.
Josh Tilford turned it on in the second half and dropped in 10 of his 14 points. He also dished out eight assists. Arterberry had 12 and Brian Hill scored 10.
Against Chester, the Volcanoes nailed 50 percent of their shots in the first half, but the Lumberjacks still led 34-24 at the half.
Westwood held Chester to just seven points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
Tilford led the way with 17 points and Poggi added 16. Arterberry scored 15.
Despite his team's solid start in league play, Bryant said he is a little worried.
"I'm concerned with our inconsistent play. We need to get the ball to Cody and have him finish inside and let Josh play his role at the point. I'm going to look for that (this week)," he said.
Westwood travels to Downieville Tuesday, Jan. 29 and hosts Loyalton this Thursday.
Westwood figures to make the Northern Section Division V playoffs. Bryant said he opted to chose Division V over Division VI at the beginning of the season.
Just two more league games remain. Westwood hosts Greenville on Friday, Feb. 8 and Chester on Thursday, Feb. 14.
"We could have gone Division VI, but we thought we'd take our chances in Division V. We wanted to see how well we would match up against the bigger schools if we made the playoffs," he said.