Photo by Robby General 
LEADING SCORER: Zach Banks drives toward the basket during the first quarter of Westfield's 56-52 win over Avon Friday. Banks was injured in the quarter and didn't return, but his coach said the injury doesn't appear to be serious.
Photo by Robby General LEADING SCORER: Zach Banks drives toward the basket during the first quarter of Westfield's 56-52 win over Avon Friday. Banks was injured in the quarter and didn't return, but his coach said the injury doesn't appear to be serious.
WESTFIELD -- Westfield held on to secure its first Hoosier Crossroads Conference victory of the season with its win over Avon Friday night.

An eventual 56-52 victory looked like it was going to be a lot more after the Shamrocks started the game on a 10-0 run, which extended into a 20-6 lead by the end of the first quarter. Avon didn't go down quietly, however.

Following their slow start, the Orioles outscored the Shamrocks in each of the final three quarters, chipping what was once a 14-point lead down to three in the final seconds. 

"We certainly had to hang on for dear life, I thought we played really well for a little more than three quarters, and then I thought we got a little careless with the basketball," Westfield head coach Shane Sumpter said. "Avon's young, they're athletic, they've got some quickness and we struggled to get the ball in there towards the end."

Avon's Le'Angelo Saravia had an open 3-point shot with seconds left in the fourth that, if it would have gone in, would've sent the game into overtime tied at 55. Westfield managed to get the ball back and draw its 11th foul of the second half to secure the victory.

The win marked the second home win for the Shamrocks this season and ended the team’s three-game losing streak of 10 points or less.

"We've had a lot of close games this year -- the last three we were right there, just didn't play well in the fourth quarter," Sumpter said. "I don’t know that we played well in the fourth quarter tonight, either, but we played well enough to hang on and win."

Nine of Westfield's 14 fourth-quarter points came from Chris Chin. The sophomore guard led the team with 13 points. Caleb Welch, 11, Josh Van Dyke, 10, and Garrett Pollard, 10, rounded out the Shamrocks double-digit scorers.

Chin's role expanded following the departure of the Shamrocks' leading scorer Zach Banks (17.5 PPG), who left the game with a leg injury. 

"That's what (Chin) does well, that's what he's good at, being explosive and getting some things done at the rim," Sumpter said. "Trying to survive without Zach out there with the ball -- that was a little bit different for us."

Sumpter said that Banks injury doesn't appear to be serious, he just wasn't 100 percent healthy to come back into the game. 

Avon had a pair of double-digit scorers in Zachary Rinehart, who led all scorers with 16 points, and Saravia who finished with 13. 

Westfield is back in action on Feb. 1 as it travels to Fishers to take on the Tigers.