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January 15, 2011
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Westfield extends McCutcheon's slump

By DREW SCHMELZER • For the Journal & Courier • January 15, 2011

WESTFIELD -- An up-tempo, physical and sloppy game favored Westfield in its 55-48 victory over McCutcheon Friday night.

The loss extends the Mavericks' losing streak to four games.

"The kids want to win and we are getting opportunities to get wins," McCutcheon coach Rick Peckinpaugh said, "but offensively we have to make better decisions, and all in all, we have to score more points."

McCutcheon (3-8) trailed 24-20 at halftime, but an 11-3 Westfield run to start the second half turned the game into an uphill battle.

"We aren't going to win with 20 points in a half," Peckinpaugh said. "We had chances in the second half also and we just missed shots."

McCutcheon briefly took a one-point lead to begin the fourth quarter, but the Shamrocks (4-6) regained the lead just seconds later on a Jake Norris 3-pointer.

Westfield shot 6 of 18 from the perimeter.

"We were trying to take away (Marcus) Fuller," Peckinpaugh said of Westfield's leading scorer. "There were just some other guys we didn't defend as well from outside."

Norris led the Shamrocks with 14 points. Fuller, who averages 14 points per game, was held to eight points by the Maverick defense.

Timely 3-point shooting was key for Westfield, but the discrepancy at the foul line was the more damaging statistic for McCutcheon. Westfield shot 19 of 23 from the free throw line while the Mavericks struggled, shooting 56 percent (9 of 16).

According to Peckinpaugh, McCutcheon's success depends on its senior leaders.

"All three of them have got to play at the same time," Peckinpaugh said of his three top scorers: Brady Knoy, Troy Ashley and Clyde Greyer. "They are great players, and we need to put it all together."

Knoy and Ashley led the Mavericks with 12 points, while Greyer chipped in nine. However, half of Knoy's points didn't come until the fourth quarter.

While McCutcheon struggled to find offense, Westfield had seven players score at least four points.

"We had our chances, and in those moments we sometimes made bad choices, whether it was a forced shot or a bad foul," Peckinpaugh said. "Put all those things together and its going to be hard to win a basketball game."

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