The story out of Westbury’s 72-50 win over South Side at home Friday night was the return of junior playmaker Sheldon Hagigal, who had 16 points and 10 rebounds in his first extended minutes since suffering a hairline fracture in his fibula in practice six weeks ago. The fact that senior leader Lamard Herron also had 16 points while playing sick with the flu was also impressive.

But after the game, Herron and Hagigal each also spoke about a different storyline. They wanted to rebound from a game that preceded Friday’s – a 74-71 overtime loss to unbeaten Elmont on Tuesday. Elmont is 9-0, 2-0 in Nassau Conference ABC-I. Westbury is 5-3, 1-1. Both are among the favorites to compete for the Class A county title come February.

“We still had Elmont in our minds the whole time,” Herron said after the South Side win. “We gave that game away and right now they seem to think they’re the cream of the crop, but we know we gave that game away by missing 14 free throws and some lay-ups down the stretch, and not focusing the day before because we took them light. We want to send a message in every game until we get back to Elmont that we’re waiting on them.”

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Westbury plays Elmont again Jan. 22 at 4:30 p.m. at Elmont. Senior shooting guard Dean Walker has scored 20-plus points in each of Elmont’s last two games.

Said Hagigal, “In the two days we had practice in preparation for this game [South Side], we practiced hard, we played hard because we know we’re a better team than we’ve been showing. We want to show everybody how good we are and compete.”