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By Steve Habel

The Westlake girls basketball team needed to do two things really well to have a chance to beat Bowie Tuesday: make enough shots, and keep the rough-and-tumble Lady Dawgs off the glass.
Westlake did neither, and the consequence was a crucial 57-32 loss to Bowie at the Bowie High School gymnasium that allowed a District 15-5A season sweep by the Lady Dawgs. The loss was the fourth straight league setback for the Chaps after they had won their first three 15-5A games of the season, all before the holiday break.
“We haven’t played as well since we got back from the holidays,” Westlake coach Allison Wooley said. “I don’t know what it is but we know we can play much better than we have over this recent stretch.”
One of Westlake’s goals each game is to score in double figures in each period, but – mostly because of poor shooting – the Chaps only attained that goal in the final period. In actuality, any chance Westlake (10-18 overall and 3-4 in district play) had to win Tuesday went out the window when it scored just two points – on a jumper by Lexi Cunningham – in the second period as Bowie outscored the Chaps 9-2.
Westlake was also hampered by 23 turnovers and by surrendering 16 offensive rebounds to Bowie that resulted in 12 points for the Lady Dawgs.
The Chaps were led by sophomore Jesse Turner’s 10 points and senior wing Julia Thurston hit for eight points before fouling out with 1:34 to play.
Bowie (14-11, 6-1 in 15-5A play) got the lion’s share of its scoring from two players, freshman Kianna Ray hit for 26 points, including 21 in the second half, while sophomore Desiree Lampkin scored the Lady Dawgs’ first 11 points and finished with 15 points.
“We changed our defense in the second half to make sure (Lampkin) didn’t get the shots she was in the early going but then we got burned by (Ray),” Turner said. “That wouldn’t have made a difference if we had just made our shots and kept them off the boards.”
Westlake got the first two baskets of the game, both by senior guard Christine Northington after Bowie turnovers, and led 5-0 after a Turner free throw with 7:14 to play in the opening period. Five points from Lampkin tied the game at 5-5, but the Chaps answered with a Turner inside bucket off a pass from Kamri Ball and then a basket by Bell and led 9-5 with 2:45 left in the first quarter.
Then the wheels fell off for Westlake. Bowie fashioned a 12-0 run that began on a Lampkin layup on a possession on which the Lady Dawgs grabbed two offensive rebounds with 2:09 to play in the opening quarter. By the time Cunningham scored at the 1:34 mark of the second quarter, Westlake had gone more than eight minutes without a point and trailed 17-11 on the way to a 22-11 deficit at halftime.
The Chaps didn’t get their first points in the third quarter until the 3:31 mark (on a free throw by Turner) but scored the period’s final eight points and trailed 36-19 at the end of the period.
Freshman Brooke Holle started the fourth period with a ringing three-pointer to cut Bowie’s lead to 36-22 and suddenly the game seemed like it might be within reach for the Chaps. But Ray answered with a deep 3-pointer of her own, and Bowie made seven of their nine free throws over the last 3:26 of the game to cement the win.
The Westlake girls basketball team returns to the floor Friday when it hosts Akins at 7:30 p.m. The Chaps then play at Lake Travis 7 p.m. Jan. 22.

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