Chargers still waiting for whistle in close district loss to Gibson County

Chargers still waiting for whistle in close district loss to Gibson County
By Rob Beam
Special to The Press
The teams of Westview traveled to Gibson County and came back empty handed on Friday night. The Lady Chargers from Westview knew they had a tough battle as they faced the third-ranked team in the state on their home court. Westview battled hard but come up short with a 59-47 defeat by the No. 3 GC Lady Pioneers.
In the boys game, it was a tale of two Lloyds as Davell Lloyd was out with an injury and brother Jacob Lloyd tried to pick up the slack. The younger Lloyd scored a game-high 22 points but it would not be enough as the host Pioneers handed the Chargers a 68-65 defeat.
To start the nightcap, the Chargers came out hot against a 2-3 zone as Lloyd connected twice from beyond the arc and Marcus Easley hit one from 3-point range also. With the Chargers opening up an early 11-4 lead, Gibson County finally settled down after a timeout and crawled back into the game. At the end of the first period, the Chargers still held the lead, 18-12.
Lloyd tried to keep the Chargers in the game, scoring nine of Westview’s points in the second quarter. The problem was the Chargers only scored 12 points, while Gibson County missed hardly any shots. High percentage shots and aggressive rebounding led to 22 Pioneer points in the period. With the torrid scoring output, the Pioneers were ahead 34-30 at the half.
The third quarter was hard on the Chargers as, after cutting the lead to two, GC answered with two mini bursts to open up the gap. With a 51-42 advantage, Gibson County was still in front late in the third. Four points from Easley cut the advantage to seven at the end of the quarter as the host led 53-46 going to the final period.
The fourth quarter saw the Chargers take their first lead since the second quarter with 4:15 to go. A Ryan Banks bucket put the Chargers up 58-57. Five straight points from GC opened a 62-58 advantage that the host did not relinquish.
The Chargers battled back as Lloyd made a bucket and a three for five straight points to make it a 66-65 game with 27 seconds to go. GC missed a free throw, creating an opportunity for the Chargers. Down one, Lloyd drove down the baseline and put up a shot. The shot was blocked, but Lloyd seemed to be hit down low by the Pioneer shot blocker’s body. As the Charger players and fans looked for a foul, the Pioneers passed the ball out for a quick layup and a 68-65 victory over the Chargers.
In addition to Lloyd’s 22, the Chargers got 14 points from Easley. Gibson County’s top producer was Josh Reeves with 16 points followed by 15 points from Demarian Mays.
In the first game of the night, the Lady Chargers had some chances to score and take an early lead but both teams were cold the first three minutes of the game. Gibson County hit a couple of buckets but a 3-pointer from Amber Nanney made it a 4-3 game four minutes into the contest. Jeniqui Jennings scored six points along with a couple of threes from Heather Butler to give the Lady Pioneers a 16-9 lead after one frame of play.
The second period saw one of Gibson County’s strengths exploit one of Westview’s weaknesses as the host worked the ball inside for shots at close range. Ten of the host’s 18 points in the quarter came from close range as the Lady Chargers had difficulties on the inside. Westview drilled two threes from shooter Amber Rechis as part of its tally of 13 points in the period. The long-range shots allowed WHS to stay within striking distance, trailing at the half 34-22.
Both teams displayed tough defense in the second half. The Westview squad saw itself down and could have given up, but did not. The Lady Chargers forced Gibson County into two timeouts. Westview stayed close to its host, trailing going into the final period, 47-34.
The fourth quarter saw Westview fall behind by 14 points early in the period. The Lady Chargers then bounced back with a 5-0 run to make it a nine-point game. That would be as close as the visitors would get as Gibson County maintained a 10 to 12 point lead the rest of the way in the 59-47 win.
Westview was topped by Amber Rechis with 16 points. Grace Ann Swaim was the only other Lady Charger in double digits with 11 points.

Jan. 25 at Dyer
Westview (47) — Amber Rechis 16, Grace Ann Swaim 11, Amber Nanney 7, Megan Ables 7, Sara Olds 2, B.B. Brooks 2, Cassie Moore 2.
Gibson County (59) — Jennilee Pate 15, Heather Griffin 14, Heather Butler 14, Jeniqua Jennings 14, Brittany Garner 2.
3-pointers: Westview — Rechis (3), Nanney, Ables; Gibson County — Butler (4).
Records: Westview 17-7 (4-5 District 13-AA); Gibson County 19-2 (9-1 District 13-AA).

Westview (65) — Jacob Lloyd 22, Marcus Easley 14, Ryan Banks 9, Cameron Boyd 8, Travis Hayslett 8, Z.D. White 3, Josh Freeman 1.
Gibson County (68) — Josh Reeves 16, Demarian Mays 15, Ralph Mesagna 9, Hamilton Hudson 9, Ethan Ellis 6, Trey Tate 6, DeVante Watson 5, Terrance Rodgers 2.
3-pointers: Westview — Lloyd (4), Easley (3); Gibson County — Hudson (2), Tate, Watson.
Records: Westview 17-7 (5-4 District 13-AA); Gibson County 8-12 (4-6 District 13-AA).

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