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Tigers seize control early to cut down Raiders 44-26

From one end of the court to the other, West Liberty-Salem’s girls basketball team controlled Monday’s game against host Benjamin Logan with authority.

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West Liberty-Salem’s Lauren Godwin goes up for a shot as Benjamin Logan’s Hannah Boysel defends during the third quarter of their game Monday at Ben Logan High School. Godwin scored 10 points for the Tigers in a 44-26 victory. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LABATT)

The Tigers gave a dominating performance from the field and on the boards to earn a 44-26 non-league victory over the Raiders.

“We talked about rebounding at halftime,” said WL-Salem head coach Dennis McIntosh. “We wanted to do a better job on the boards and limit them to one shot.

“I thought we attacked the basket. We were able to take care of the ball inside and that opened things up on the outside, and we were able to hit some outside shots. That was big for us.”

WL-Salem (5-7) opened the game with a 12-7 effort in the first quarter. The Tigers pulled away in the second quarter with a 14-6 run. That burst gave them a 38-20 lead at halftime.

“The biggest problem we had was there was no intensity the entire game,” said Ben Logan head coach Donnie Sosby. “We took minutes off and we didn’t attack the basket. That has been our Achilles’ heel all yearlong. We have yet to play a solid 32 minutes of basketball.”

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