Waldorf, MD – For the second year in a row, Patuxent traveled to Westlake to play in the playoffs, and for the second year in a row, Westlake emerged victorious. In this go-round, three year varsity players Amir Lawrence and Jeff Simmons played big for Westlake to silence any chance of an upset by the Panthers. 

In the first quarter, Westlake started slow as they didn’t make a field goal for the first four minutes of the ball game. They also struggled from the line the entire game, but especially in the first half. However, when a Simmons layup in the first found the bottom of the net Westlake found their stroke and didn’t lose it for the rest of the game. Despite two dunks from Juan Watkins, Westlake surged ahead 20-10 at the end of the first.

In the second, Westlake’s full court press gave the Panthers fits as turnovers upon turnovers crushed any chance they had to bring the game closer. Meanwhile, Westlake’s shots continued to fall as they built their lead even more. They stretched the lead to 15 before Patuxent cut it to 12 going into half. The score was 31-19 at the half.

In the third, the game continued to go as it had been. Patuxent strggling to get open shots, and Westlake finding holes in the Panthers zone and exploiting them. A Juan Watkins dunk in the third rejuvenated the Panthers, but a Jeff Simmons three-pointer at the buzzer put the Wolverines up 17 going into the final frame.

In the fourth, Patuxent found the trick to getting around Westlake’s defense, and opened the quarter on an 11-3 run. Another dunk by Watkins kicked off the quarter, and sent the Panthers swarming the ball. A Myron Young spinning layup brought the score to a four point spread with 3 minutes left. Unfortunately, the Westlake seniors stepped up and didn’t allow another Panther field goal. The final buzzer sounded and Westlake was on top 63-55. 

For Westlake, Jeff Simmons and Amir Lawrence both finished with 13. Patuxent had the game’s leading scorers with Watkins at 17 and Young at 16. The Wolverines move on to play at Calvert on Tuesday, Feb. 28