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story.lead_photo.caption Terrance Armstard/News-Times West Side Christian's Braeden Pitard brings the ball up court during the Warriors' game against Cornerstone Thursday at the AACS South District Tournament. The Warriors advanced to tonight's championship game with a 73-18 win.

West Side Christian drained 16 3-pointers Thursday afternoon and shot down Cornerstone 73-18 in the AACS South District Tournament at the Warrior Center.

The Lady Warriors made it a sweep for the host school with a 52-24 win over Victory Christian.

West Side’s girls will play in the championship game today at 5:30 p.m. The Warriors will play for the boys title today at 7 p.m.

Freshman Spencer McNabb drained seven 3-pointers and led the Warriors with 27 points. All of McNabb’s scoring came in the first half.

“That’s the second or third game he’s done that this year, and in some big games,” said West Side coach Randall Miller. “It’s fun to watch. When he lines it up and he catches a good pass, we get him the ball in rhythm, I think it’s going in. We’ve got four guys like that. He’s been the hot one lately.”

The Warriors jumped out to a 36-4 lead in the first period, which included eight 3-pointers. Zackley Pearson drained three 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the game. John Wylie also hit a 3-pointer early and Braeden Pitard knocked down three 3-pointers in the second half.

“We have shot the ball a little bit better than that. We have averaged about 10 or 11 threes the last nine or 10 games,” said Miller. “We’re shooting it real well. Teams are zoning us a lot. We’ve got about four guys that when they’re shooting it in rhythm, they’re shooting it about 50 percent or better over this last stretch. They’re really shooting it well.

“We are capable when we move the ball, make the extra pass, are unselfish and don’t try to do too much. And, they’ve bought into it.”

The Warriors led 51-14 at the half.

Wylie added 10 points. Pearson and Pitard each scored nine and Anderson Colley scored eight.

“We’re going to be tested tomorrow,” said Miller.

“It was good to get out here and get everybody on the floor. We’ll just have to be ready for a different intensity level tomorrow.”

The girls game wasn’t as close. The Lady Warriors scored the first 18 points, led 30-3 after one quarter and 38-11 at the half.

Lauren Land had 12 points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals in the opening quarter. Hannah Miller scored six points in the opening quarter, which began with back-to-back 3-pointers by Carley Dugal.

“We knew our battle would be, will we be intense at first. I thought we were. Our girls at the beginning made the extra pass and got it to where it needed to go,” said Miller. “Tomorrow is going to be a whole different level. We just have to be ready for it.”

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