Hamilton Southeastern didn't let an early Westfield run faze them on its way to a 43-34 road win Saturday.
The Lady Royals fell behind by five to start the game, but answered the Shamrocks' run with 12 unanswered points.
Annabelle O'Hair got the Shamrocks on the board first with a 3-pointer followed by a field goal, but a half-court buzzer beater from HSE's Malea Jackson gave the Royals all the momentum moving forward.
In the second quarter, Westfield's points came mostly from the free throw line, as Jade Shipley and Gigi Eldredge contributed four and three points from the charity stripe, respectively. Westfield's Sophia Kreag added a 3-pointer as the first half ended to make the score 23-15 in favor of the Royals at the break.
Westfield's third-quarter offense also came mostly from the free throw line, with O'Hair making 5-of-6, while Megan Rops sank both of hers. O'Hair ended the game with a team-high 10 points. The rest of the Shamrocks' offense in the third quarter came from Karley Wininger's lone field goal. Hamilton Southeastern's Sydney Parrish had five points with two field goals and a free throw in the quarter, and Molly Walton's field goal completed the Royals' offensive efforts of seven points.
In the fourth quarter, Westfield shot 100 percent from the free throw line, with Shipley and Ashtin DeCraene each sinking a pair. Shamrock senior Ryann Bunting connected on a pair of 3-pointers, however, Parrish's 10 points in the fourth quarter equaled the Shamrocks' offensive output. Parrish finished with a game-high 20 points.
Westfield's next game will be a road matchup with Brownsburg on Jan. 19. Southeastern plays Tuesday at Lawrence North.