The West Gadsden High School Panthers put up quite a bit of first-half resistance. When things were all said and done, East Gadsden had too much height and depth for the Panthers and the Jaguars came away with an 80-43 win in a county rival basketball game Thursday night.
Behind the play of John Battles, Jesse Winbush and Antonio Bostick, West Gadsden stayed close in the first half.
East Gadsden came out in the second half, took over the boards, hit some outside shots and closed down things defensively to collect their second win of the year over the Panthers.
"They sure scrapped with us in the first half," East Gadsden coach Demetric Salters said. "We worked the boards better in the second half and that seemed to allow us to take control of the game."
Junior John Lightfoot came off the bench and had a fine game, pulling off nine rebounds and hitting 15 points. Leonardo Deloney swished in 23 points, including five 3-point shots. Kelvin Derrico and Marterricus Thomas had 12 points each for the Jaguars.
Battles led West Gadsden with 20 points.
The game ended West Gadsden's regular season.
East Gadsden played a tough game with Bainbridge and lost 67-64 Saturday night.
"It was a high level, high energy game," said Salters. "They made some shots at the end while we missed some. They have a very fine team."
Deloney led East Gadsden in the Bainbridge game with 18 points.
East Gadsden finished their regular season with a 20-5 record and will meet Godby in a District 2-4A game Friday at Arnold in Panama City Beach.
West Gadsden plays in the District 3-2A tournament in Port St. Joe.