By Rob Beam
Big night — Westview sophomore Amber Rechis reached the 1,000-point plateau for her career with a 24-point effort in her team’s win over Crockett County Friday night. Rechis accomplished the feat in just 57 games. File photo
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After a week off, the Westview Chargers looked refreshed and ready to get back to action Friday night. Both Charger teams were looking to rebound after losses in their last outings when the Crockett County Lady Cavaliers and Cavs came to Martin for a district battle Friday night.
The Lady Chargers turned a close game at the half into a blowout in the second half for a 73-37 win. With all the scoring going on, WHS sophomore Amber Rechis scored her 1,000th career point, needing only 57 career games at the high school level to accomplish the feat.
In the boys game, the Chargers reasserted themselves in the district race with a 63-49 win over Crockett County.
In the opening game, an aggressive Lady Cavaliers defense gave the host Lady Chargers problems early on. After one quarter of play, the visitors held the lead, 14-10. In the second period, Westview took over, getting more shots up and showing more aggressive play on the offensive end. Rechis led the way in the period with nine points as the hosts took a slim 27-23 lead at the break.
After halftime, the two teams traded baskets before the Lady Chargers went on a 12-0 run. Using a fullcourt press, Westview caused three Lady Cav turnovers and used them efficiently, scoring quickly to build a 41-28 lead. Crockett County responded, but going into the final frame, Westview was still in front, 48-36.
An 11-0 run Lady Charger outburst led the way to a 57-36 lead three minutes into the final period. With the game now well in hand, a buzz circulated the gym as the Westview faithful knew that Rechis was two points away from 23 in the game, the total needed for her to reach her 1,000th career point. Rechis finally got a touch and knocked down a 3-pointer to go out of the game with 24 points and a Westview 73-37 victory.
Westview out-scored Crockett County 25-1 in the final frame for the large victory.
In addition to Rechis’ point total, Westview got double-digit scoring from Grace Ann Swaim (18) and B.B. Brooks (10). Unique Lewis topped CC scorers with 9 points.
In the nightcap, the host Chargers used dominating efforts in the second and third quarters to ice a victory and stay in the mix of the top half of the District 13-AA standings.
Jumping out to an early 11-2 lead, Westview suddenly went cold from the floor and only made two more baskets in the first frame. Crockett County plugged away and started making some shots. The result of the Cavaliers’ effort was a 16-15 lead going into the second quarter.
In that frame, Charger senior Marcus Easley found the outside touch and knocked down three attempts from beyond the arc. The Chargers were not one dimensional, though. As Easley scored from the outside, slashing Chargers made their way to the rim and combined for 21 points in the period. The pesky Charger defense only allowed 12 points to give the home team the advantage, 36-28, going into the half.
Westview came out after the break looking to run, but an athletic Crockett County team negated any quick transition breaks.
However, the Chargers kept looking for secondary trailers running the floor and made some easy shots in the period. With five different Chargers scoring in the quarter, Westview built a 19-8 scoring advantage to add to its lead going into the fourth. Leading 55-36 at the start of the final frame, Westview cruised to an easy 63-49 victory as both teams cleared benches in the game’s closing minutes.
Easley topped all scorers with 16 points, while Travis Hayslett and Jacob Lloyd each netted 10 points for the Chargers. For Crockett County, Josh Starks was the leader with a dozen points.
Jan. 18 at Martin
Crockett County (37) — Unique Lewis 9, Constance King 8, Williams 8, Kala Tyus 5, Abby East 4, Jasmine Johnson 3.
Westview (73) — Amber Rechis 24, Grace Ann Swaim 18, B.B. Brooks 10, Cassie Moore 6, Megan Ables 5, Amber Nanney 4, Sara Olds 4, Breanna Pitcher 2.
3-pointers: Crockett County — King, Lewis; Westview — Swaim (2), Brooks (2), Ables, Rechis.
Records: Crockett County 7-13 (0-8 District 13-AA); Westview 16-5 (4-3)
Crockett County (49) — Josh Starks 12, Tim Shaw 9, Davaughn Pickens 8, Dexter Thompson 6, Tim Fry 6, Jerry Prewitt 6, Chad Ingram 2.
Westview (63) — Marcus Easley 16, Travis Hayslett 10, Jacob Lloyd 10, Ryan Banks 8, Davell Lloyd 8, Cameron Boyd 5, Z.D. White 4, Desmond Johnson 2.
3-pointers: Crockett County — Starks (2), Pickens (2), Shaw (2); Westview — Easley (4), Boyd.
Records: Crockett County 4-15 (1-7 District 13-AA); Westview 17-4 (5-2 District 13-AA).