In the opener, the Lady Pirates scored only two points in the first quarter in a rough start, and trailed 11-2 after the first quarter. Galva-Holstein came back strong in the second period, though, and led Westwood by a point, 20-19, at the half. Things continued to go well for the Lady Pirates the rest of the game, as their press forced 35 Westwood turnovers, uncluding 21 steals by Coach Ken Slater's Lady Pirates, leading to a 56-37 victory.
Heather Joslin had a great game with a double-double, scoring 24 points and grabbing 14 rebounds to lead the Lady Pirates in both categories. Joslin also had five steals on defense and dished out two assists. LIndsey Joslin contributed nine points and four steals,and Alyssa Martin scored seven and also had three assists and three steals.
Slater said he was "really proud of our team in how they responded to the sluggish first quarter," and added, "We need to take this game and build on it for the tournament next week."
Westwood won the ballgame, 61-58, led by Johnathan Gallagher's 18 points. Coach Lee said "Westwood is a very physical team on the inside and has a real nice ball club."
Taylor Nees led Pirate scoring with 18 points and also grabbed eight rebounds and made two steals. Sam Radke scored 10 points, Mark Cronin scored nine, along with three steals and five assists, and Kellen Jacobson had six points and 10 rebounds.
"This was a tough loss," said Coach Lee. The loss dropped the Pirates' MVC mark to 5-5. They have an 8-9 overall record.