Cedarville out-rebounded Johnson County Westside and Garrett Parson began the season with a double-double, but the Rebels made enough free throws down the stretch to beat the Pirates 59-56 at home Tuesday night.
The Lady Pirates won their home opener outscoring Westside 33-10 in the first half to win 57-21.
The Pirates led 47-18 on the boards with Parson and Corey Fincher leading with 11 rebounds each. Parson had a game-high 21 points to complete his double-double. Wesley Walters came off the bench to grab eight boards and Sean Simkins had seven.
Cedarville had its largest lead of the night, 40-28, after Simkins took a pass from Abe Hernandez with 4:04 remaining in the third quarter. Then the Rebels closed the double-digit gap with three trips to the foul line to hit 5 of 6 and a bucket by Andrew Estep to pull within five, 40-35, at teh start of the final quarter.
Westside finished the game hitting 18 of 20 from the line in the fourth quarter, whereas it was only 10 of 22 to through the first three quarters of play. The Rebels also forced seven of Cedarville’s 12 turnovers in the second half and scored eight points off those turnovers to either help bridge the gap or tie the game.
A pair of turnovers by Cedarville led the Rebels pull within one, 46-45, when Westside’s leading scorer Austin Hayes broke away for the basket at the 5:54 mark. Parson had Cedarville’s response as the only basket scored by the Pirates during a 4:23 span and the Rebels were able to tie up the game and take the lead, 50-48 with 3:50 left.
The Pirates regained the lead three more times, only to have Westside tie it back up with some free-throw shooting. Simkins scored Cedarville’s final basket with 1:15 remaining with the Pirates up 56-54. Estep, who only made a trio of three-point attempts in the second half, connected on his third and gave Westside the lead for good with :57.0 left in the game. Cedarville had two players foul out in the remaining time, including Parson, who only had one defensive foul the during the game.
The Rebels had four players score in double digits with Hayes leading his squad with 17. Andrew Estep had 13 and both Chase Lyle and Troy Holt had 10 each.
Cedarville had a slow start and shot 0 of 10 from floor, all within five feet of the basket. After Walters hit a free throw with 4:23 remaining in the first quarter Garrett Parson hit his first two baskets as the Pirates launched into a 9-0 run to get back into the game. Cedarville finished the first quarter hitting 5 of 11 from inside the arc, and was 24 of 49 for the game.
JCW was 14 of 27 from inside the arc during the game.
Cedarville hosts Mountainburg Monday night with both junior high and high school games starting at 4 p.m.
Cedarville 57, Westside 21 (Women’s)
Sophomore Bailie Murphy led all scorers with 17 points and junior Malia Hernandez added 13 to give the Lady Pirates the first win of the season and halted Westside’s three-game winning string.
"We’re much better than that," said Westside coach Stephen Golden. "We’ve beaten some good teams so far this season, and we should have played better. We just came out flat tonight."
Cedarville out-rebounded the Lady Rebels 23-7 in the first half and finished the game with a 34-20 margin. Both Murphy and Hernandez had six rebounds each. Jordan Knight came off the bench for the Lady Pirates and had a game-high 10 rebounds with her seven points.
The Lady Pirates also forced 13 of Westside’s 23 turnovers to score an additional 14 points.
Sophomore Allie Arnold added eight points for Cedarville. Senior Breanna McCormick led Westside with seven points.
Cedarville 57, Johnson Co. Westside 21
Westside 3 7 8 3 — 21
Cedarville 17 16 19 5 — 57
Westside (3-1): McCormick 7, Holt 5, Morrow 3, Stein 2, Morgan 2, Mainard 2.
Cedarville (1-0): Murphy 17, Hernandez 13, Arnold 8, Knight 7, Armer 4, Wise 4, Ruiz 4.
Johnson Co. Westside 59, Cedarville 56
Westside 12 7 16 24 — 59
Cedarville 11 15 14 16 — 56
Westside (2-0): Hayes 17, A.Estep 13, Lyle 10, Holt 10, C.Estep 4, McBee 3, McKee 2.
Cedarville (0-1): Parson 21, Simkins 8, Pittman 8, Walters 6, Fincher 6, Hernandez 3, Wheeler 2, Myers 2.