NORTH AUGUSTA --- On a night when offense was honored, it was a defensive effort that proved its worth.
North Augusta, which recognized guard Kayla West for scoring her 1,000th career point last week, defeated region opponent Lexington 45-20 on Friday night in one of the Lady Yellow Jackets' best defensive performances of the season.
"We really emphasize having a defensive attitude," North Augusta coach Jared Adamson said. "If anybody says anything about North Augusta girls basketball, we want it to be that we're a great defensive team."
Using a 1-2-2 zone, the Lady Yellow Jackets (9-5, 5-1 Region 5-AAAA) allowed just one made basket in the first half.
Lexington (6-7, 1-5) was forced to take rushed, contested shots and managed just two first-quarter points and three more off free throws in the second quarter.
The visiting Lady Wildcats hit 1 of 20 first-half shots and finished the game 6 for 46 (13.0 percent) from the field.
West, averaging 19.5 points per game this season, scored 12 of her game-high 17 points in the first half on 7 of 16 shooting. Her career scoring total grew to 1,033 points in her 63rd game as a Lady Yellow Jacket. She was awarded a game ball between the girls and boys games, as the first Lady Yellow Jacket to surpass the milestone since Sydnei Moss in the 2006-07 season.
"It all came from years of hard work and trying to get better every day," West said.
"And I couldn't have done it without my teammates. They get me the ball and we couldn't win without them."
Junior Tammy Bennon added 10 points for the Lady Yellow Jackets, who stretched their winning streak to four games. Sharia Davis led Lexington with 7.
The victory set the Lady Yellow Jackets up for a rematch with region front-runner Dutch Fork.
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