Todd Whetsel didnt let a first-half 15-point deficit derail his team.
Whetsel stressed defense during a first-quarter timeout and at halftime, and Tattnall responded and rallied to beat Westfield 57-54 Friday in the final game of the regular season.
(Westfield has) got some offensive weapons, and it was just too easy for them early, Whetsel said. And we were throwing it around a little bit, too, letting them having some transition stuff off our turnovers. Against a great team like that, you gotta make them earn it.
Kendra Green had 13 points in the first half as Tattnall climbed back to only trail by six after two quarters. Green finished with 24, including six key points in the fourth to keep the Hornets at bay.
We just tried to enforce not giving up and keep playing hard the whole game, Green said. Thats pretty much how we came back and got the job done.
It helped that Green was able to penetrate to the basket as Westfields Unique Tuberville and Chelsea Whaley racked up fouls.
We were big in the post (Friday), and with their foul trouble, thats where we had to try to take advantage, Whetsel said. (Green) was a big presence in there.
Tattnall (18-6, 4-2 GISA Region 2-AAA) and Westfield (16-6, 3-3) were going to play each other Thursday afternoon in the first game of the region tournament no matter what happened Friday night.
But that didnt lessen the importance of winning and getting a good look at the opponent for both teams.
The good news is theres plenty of room for improvement, and next Thursday is really whats gonna matter, Westfield head coach Brittany Conley said. Hopefully we start off the same and just keep it together. ... We did some good things (Friday), and then we did some really bad things, so weve just gotta work on a few things.
For Green, the rematch will hinge on the improvements the Trojans made in their comeback.
We just gotta come back harder and be ready at the beginning of the game, Green said. (Whetsel) always gets us ready, so well be ready.
The Tattnall boys were also victorious, with a 54-46 decision.
The Trojans (17-8, 4-4) built on an eight-point first-half lead on 18 points from Aubrien Kemp and 16 from Will Trevitt. Westfield (10-10, 4-4) were led by 16 from William Amos.
The win meant Tattnall, Westfield and Mount de Sales tied for a second-place finish in the region. Representatives from each team held a coin toss after the game to determine seeding. Westfield is second, Mount de Sales third and Tattnall fourth.