By Stephanie Sturgis
Save — Westview sophomore Sara Olds saves the ball inbounds during her team’s convincing 52-30 victory over Dyersburg in the District 13-AA tournament Tuesday night in Milan.
The Westview Lady Chargers have relied almost solely on the scoring output of sophomores Amber Rechis and Grace Ann Swaim during the 2007-08 regular season.
In their 2008 postseason debut, Rechis and Swaim shared the offensive glory with a host of Lady Chargers from start to finish in their team’s 52-30 District 13-AA Tournament quarterfinal win over the Dyersburg Lady Trojans Tuesday night at Milan.
The win moves Westview, the No. 4 seed, into the district semis and on into the upcoming regional tournament. The Lady Chargers will next face the state’s top-ranked Class A team and the tourney’s top seed, the Obion County Central Lady Rebels, at 6 on Thursday night at Milan.
In the playoff win over the Lady Trojans, Westview didn’t display any of the signs of struggling that had them closing out the regular season by losing four of their final five games — including a 69-56 loss to this same Dyersburg team.
Westview dominated every facet of the game — offense, defense, rebounding and even hustle and overall effort.
The Lady Charger offense was clicking from the opening tipoff. Megan Ables looked very comfortable nailing a pair of shots from behind the arch as part of an eight-point outing in the first quarter. Swaim drove through the paint for five points as Westview built an 18-6 lead by the end of the first frame.
While Ables had the early spotlight, Sara Olds next stepped into its glare, burying two 3-pointers in the second quarter while helping limit Dyersburg to just five points in the stanza. The Westview defense did an excellent job of keeping the ball out of the hands of Dyersburg’s post players, frustrating the Lady Trojans and beating them mentally well before the game’s final horn ever sounded.
With three points from Rechis and B.B. Brooks’ second deuce of the game, Westview carried an 18-point lead, 29-11, into the locker room at halftime.
Rechis resumed her scoring norm in the third, posting seven of her team-high 11 points. She wasn’t alone in lighting the WHS half of the scoreboard though. In addition to her usual defensive work, Amber Nanney came up with four points in the third as it became clear the Lady Trojans didn’t have a rally in them on this night.
Leading 44-19 when the fourth quarter got under way, Westview head coach Sean Stephenson emptied his bench, providing important game-time minutes to all his players. C.C. Puckett took advantage with a traditional 3-point play. Cara Burnham added a basket and Jacey Sims pitched in a free throw in Westview’s 52-30 victory.
District 13-AA Quarterfinals
Feb. 12 at Milan
Dyersburg (30) — Allison Petty 6, Paige Evans 6, Lauren Evans 6, Jessica Light 5, Kendra Taylor 2, Ruby Wesley 2, Tacara Thompson 2, Victoria McLin 1.
Westview (52) — Amber Rechis 11, Grace Ann Swaim 9, Megan Ables 8, Sara Olds 8, Amber Nanney 6, B.B. Brooks 4, C.C. Puckett 3, Cara Burnham 2, Jacey Sims 1.
3-pointers: Dyersburg — L. Evans; Westview — Ables (2), Olds (2), Rechis.
Records: Dyersburg 16-12; Westview 19-9.
Feb. 8 at Newbern
Westview (65) — Amber rechis 26, Grace Ann Swaim 17, B.B Brooks 11, Megan Ables 6, Amber Nanney 5.
Dyer County (58) — Cali Cupples 22, Jessica Jones 9, Caress Wilkes 9, Marquena Parchman 8, Jennifer Jones 6, Skylar Barnes.
3-pointers: Westview —Rechis (5); Dyer County — Cupples (4), Wilkes (2), Parchman (2), Jes. Jones.
Records: Westview 18-9 (5-7 District 13-AA); Dyer County 16-11 (4-8 District 13-AA).