Westwood ends dream for DEA
by Emanuel County Live | February 28, 2011 3:27 pm
By: ANDY CALLAWAY
The dream of playing for a state championship ended last Thursday for the David Emanuel Academy Lady Eagles as they lost 35-30 to Westwood in the state semifinals. With the loss DEA ends the 2010-11 season with a record of 20-10.
“This is as disappointing of a loss as we have had” said Coach Andy Callaway whose Lady Eagles were looking to advance to the state championship game for the first time in school history. “We played our absolute worst game of the year at the worst possible time. Of course our opponent Westwood deserves some credit for that. They were the better team on this day and that is all that matters.”
Poor shooting and turnovers led to the demise of a team that had reached three Final Fours in the past five years. “It literally seemed like we couldn’t throw it in the ocean at times. Mix that with some careless turnovers and giving up way too many offensive rebounds and there is all the ingredients needed for a recipe for disaster” said Callaway.
Westwood led 10-5 after the first quarter and 19-13 at halftime. “Our defense was pretty good all game. And despite how poorly we played we were still in the game to the very end.”
DEA came out strong in the third quarter in part to the play of Jessica Wimberly who nailed two three pointers. The Lady Eagles outscored the Lady Wildcats 11-4 in the period to take a 24-23 advantage going into the final eight minutes. Wimberly finished the contest with a game high 15 points.
“Just like she did in the region championship game this year, Jessica stepped up for us and gave us the lift we needed on offense by looking for her shot” said Callaway. “Unfortunately we couldn’t generate enough production from other sources.” Wimberly had 12 of her 15 points in the second half and Jerica Burnett, who finished with eight points, scored the only shot from the field for DEA in the second half.
Westwood hit eight free throws in the final period and got a huge three point shot from Virginia Vereen while Wimberly provided all the offense for DEA with each of their six points. Jasmine Phillips with five points and Laura Cardell with two were the only other Lady Eagles that scored in the game. Miller Singleton led Westwood with 13 points.
Four seniors, Jessica Wimberly, Jasmine Phillips, Laura Cardell and Amy Wells all played their final game for DEA. “It was a disappointing end but overall you have to say that it was an outstanding career for these young ladies. Over the past five years we have won 94 games, three region championships, one region runner-up and been in three Final Fours. “Amy, Jessica and Laura have been a part of all that and Jasmine came on and has started every game for us the past four years. They leave behind quite a legacy and won’t be easily replaced.”