The Westlake Lions’ quest to capture their fourth consecutive state title began Wednesday night at home. The result ended in a 85-30 thrashing of the Eagles of Northside-Warner Robins.

The Lions were undefeated on the season as the Eagles came in at 8-10 knowing what they were up against. An elite powerhouse in the Westlake Lions led by McDonald’s All-American guard Raven Johnson and a great supporting cast in guard Taniya Latson and forward Brianna Turnage (all heading to play division one basketball at the end of the season).

No time was wasted in this game for the Lions as they jumped out to a 20-1 lead early. Johnson led and facilitated the Lions offense as Latson finished on assists from Johnson. In a matter of seconds, the Lions led 24-1 at the end of the first quarter. Latson had 14 points in the first quarter.

The second quarter consisted of the same from Johnson and Laxton. Turnage joined in on the action added six points, both were three-pointers. Laxton had nine points in the second quarter as the Lions went into halftime up 47-8.

The starting five for the Lions did not see much action in the second half after playing three minutes in the third and fourth quarter. In the end, the Lions proved to be the superior team winning 85-30.

Latson led all scorers with 25 points. Turnage finished second with 16 points while Johnson added 13.

The Lions will host Brunswick Saturday at 6 p.m.

Boys win big over Northside-Warner Robins 66-50

On the boys’ side, the Lions won convincingly 66-50 with great play from point guard and region player of the year Gaddis Heath and forward Jalal McKee.

Both teams started off the game rusty in the early minutes of the first quarter but settled in midway. The Lions were the ones in total control throughout this game as they led 21-12 at the end of the first quarter.

All game long, the Eagles struggled to rebound which led to McKee taking advantage of the offensive glass.

The Eagles were also outmatched, failing to get layups and mid-range shots through the trenches of the Lions defense. Heath was a big part of that, abusing the defensive glass and rejecting multiple shots from the Eagles defense. Somehow the Eagles were able to stay in the game trailing 37-32 going into halftime.

In the second half, the Lions put their foot on the gas, starting off the third quarter with a quick 6-0 run to go ahead by 11. From that moment on forward, the Eagles had no answers and the Lions dominated.

Heath finished with a triple-double, 16 points, 10 assists, and 11 blocks for the game

McKee led all scorers with 24 points in this game as the Eagles had no answer for him.

The Lions will be back at home to host Heritage-Conyers. The date and time will be announced soon.

Photo: Anfernee Patterson/The Atlanta Voice

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