February 8, 2008
Albany -- The Westover boys basketball team has already wrapped up the regular season Region 1-AAA championship, but may be playing the region tournament on the road.
The host site is granted to the girls region winner this year.
But there is hope for the Patriots, as the Westover girls have a chance to win a region title of their own Friday night against Cairo.
Katori Upshaw says, "(The boys) were like, 'We need this victory, we need it,' so we want to go out there and make them proud."
The Lady Patriots say they don't mind helping out the boys with home court.
"We want our boys to play at home," says Upshaw.
But the team is focused on winning it's first region title since 2004.
Junior Dominique Bryant says, "It means a great deal to us, because first place is big. We haven't won a region championship in a while, and that would mean a lot to us."
Upshaw says winning a championship would be extra special in her senior season.
"It'd mean a lot," says the senior center. "It'd mean a lot, because we came close my ninth grade year, so this would mean a whole lot."
And with everything riding on the game, the Lady Patriots say it won't be an easy task against Cairo.
"They're very fast," says Bryant, "and we have to play hard."
Upshaw adds, "They're quick, they're fast, and we're going to have to use a lot of energy to keep up with them."
Westover beat the Syrupmaids 43-42 in Cairo a little over two weeks ago, and each team heads into Friday night's finale with a 7-2 region record.
The girls regular season region champion hosts both the boys and the girls region tournament.