Westchester storms back to defeat Palisades

CIFSS High School Basketball Palisades vs Westchester on February 7, at Westchester High School in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
Westchester Kaelen making a move to the basket during the High School Basketball Palisades vs Westchester on February 7, at Westchester High School in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Los Angeles, CA – The gym was filled with smiling faces on senior night for the Westchester Comets taking the floor for the last time duringĀ  this regular season at home. Even with a different starting line-up who played most of the 1st quarter the Comets still defeated the Palisades Dolphins 68-50 Wednesday night.

Coach Ed Azzam choose to start a group of seniors as farewell salute to remember their last regular game at home. Even before the game all the seniors were introduced and given a photo and rose for their family to receive while taking a photo.

The Dolphins took advantage of the kind gesture jumping out to a 13-1 lead with 3:22 left on the clock in the 1st quarter.

Westchester leading scorer was Kaelen Allen who dropped 18 points and a bunch of rebounds. Allen made his presence know fast with 14 points in the first half.

“It was a different experience coming from the bench,” said Allen

Palisades really didn’t have an answer for Westchester size and athleticism once the team hit their stride.

Zellie Hudson stepped up doing the little things to help his team win, scraping for loose balls and dropping 15 points of his own. Ten of the fifteen came in the second half that allowed Westchester to pull away.

“It was really important to get a win,” said Hudson, “With my mom being here I made sure I played good for her.”

Anthony Spencer being guarded by David Henderson during a CIFLACS High School Basketball Palisades vs Westchester on February 7, at Westchester High School in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Palisades early lead was cut to zero when the team went into locker rooms tied 32-32.

Coach Azzam started his normal team to start the 3rd quarter and his team wasted no time pulling away from the Dolphins.

“We can go deep in the playoffs if we play discipline and keep our composure,” said Allen, “Just need to play for 32 minutes.”

Westchester now with a victory tonight they move their record to 26-5 on the season securely in second place behind Fairfax.

Kaveon Batiste shooting during a CIFLACS High School Basketball Palisades vs Westchester on February 7, at Westchester High School in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

This Westchester team will be a force in the City Section playoffs in the Open Division that will start next week.