Westwood girls finish with 12-0 flourish to win at Bark River-Harris

Westwood’s Aidan Reath, left, posts up against Bark River-Harris’ Taylor Ray during a game at Harris on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. (Escanaba Daily Press photo by Avery Bundgaard)

HARRIS — The Westwood girls basketball team used a big fourth quarter to overcome Bark River-Harris on Monday night.

The Patriots came back from a six-point deficit to defeat the Broncos 58-50 in a nonconference game.

“I really think we gutted this thing out,” said coach Kurt Corcoran of Westwood, whose team improved to 5-1. “Every time we took a punch we were able to answer back.”

Coach Josh Eagle of the Broncos (6-4) was also proud of his players.

“That’s something I love about our team,” Eagle said. “No matter who I put in they’re ready to play.”

Eagle pointed to shot selection as an area where his team could improve.

“A lot of times it’s finding high-percentage looks,” he said. “If we could get a couple more per half that will get us even more closer and tighter in games.”

Junior Marissa Carello scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Patriots.

“Marissa Carello had an answer for everything tonight,” Corcoran said. “Whether it was a big rebound or a big shot, she was great for us.”

Senior Paige Welch scored 11 points and freshman Taylor Ray scored 10 for the Broncos.

After trailing 7-6 after one quarter, the Patriots converted 7 of 9 free throws in the second quarter to take a 23-20 halftime lead.

The Broncos made a second half push by pushing Westwood with a full court press.

“As you can see with the press it works when everybody works super hard,” Eagle said.

BR-H led 45-39 early in the fourth quarter before the Patriots took control with a 12-0 run to close out the game.

“We learned how to compete,” Corcoran said. “It comes down to having the guts. I don’t think our teams in the past had that fire inside them.

“I’m just incredibly proud of those girls and the grit and determination they showed tonight.”

BR-H travels to Munising Tuesday while Westwood will host Houghton Friday.