Westminster coach Brett Kanther talks about his team's win over Liberty.
Westminster coach Brett Kanther said his team played one of its best games of the season Tuesday night.
The Owls' timing was perfect, to say the least, as they could do little wrong all evening and posted a 75-63 victory over host Liberty in a county game.
Kanther looks forward to what his team can do the rest of the season.
"We are just now starting to get into a groove," he said. "We have to figure out what we do best. I think offensively we are in a good place and we just need to refine some things. Defensively, we have to figure some out if we want to be serious about competing in the state tournament."
Senior guard Jahmere Campbell scored 23 points while junior forward Roman Hawkins had 21 points. Hawkins hit all four of his 3-point attempts, Campbell went 3-for-4 from 3-point range and overall, the Owls made 9 of 13 treys.
Campbell has gone from seldom-used reserve to starter in one season.
"If there was one player last year that got the brunt of it from the coaches, then it was Jahmere," Kanther said. "I am so proud of his development."
Hawkins is playing with a lot of confidence.
He is a transfer from North Carroll, where he started last year.
"I think it was his best game of the year offensively," Kanther said. "I always thought halfway through the season, he was going to take off."
Campbell and Hawkins helped the Owls lead from start to finish.
Westminster (6-5, 4-2 county) held a double-digit lead for a good part of the second half and held off a late Liberty surge.
The Owls led 64-46 on Campbell's layup with 7:37 remaining in the fourth quarter, but the Lions managed to slice the deficit to six points twice. They used a 14-2 run to make it 66-60 about four minutes later.
Liberty (6-6, 2-2) also cut the lead to 69-63 on Sean Kirker's 3-pointer with 2:51 to go.
The Lions, however, struggled with its shooting the rest of the way, going 0-for-7 from the field.
"They just came out and took it to us," said Liberty coach Brian Tombs, whose team was led by the efforts of senior guard Nick Tilson (16 points) and sophomore center Tristan Kent (16 points). "That was the bottom line. They out-hustled us and wanted it more. They played well."
Liberty played Monday night, losing to Glenelg 54-52.
The Lions fell behind to Westminster, 8-2, to start the game, trailed 17-11 at the end of the first quarter, and the gap widened to 42-31 at halftime.
"You can't use that as an excuse as to why you come out the next night and play with the same intensity that we did," Tombs said. "Every night is a challenge. We are a little better this year than we have been in the past, so teams are gearing up for us."
Joey Conklin finished with six points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals for Westminster while teammate Tyler Snyder added two points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Westminster guard senior guard Sam Annulis chipped in with 17 points.
Liberty (63): Nick Tilson 16, Tristan Kent 16, Jack Selby 7, Sean Kirker 10, Justin Brookhart 5, Steven Goetz 9.
Westminster (75): Sam Annulis 17, Roman Hawkins 21, Jahmere Campbell 23, Tyler Snyder 2, Noah Westbrook 6, Joey Conklin 6.