Defenses dominate play as WHS, Covington split
Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 12:02 am
The Westview Lady Chargers held Covington to just three second-half points en route to a 36-32 victory, while the host Chargers saw their feverish late rally fall short in a 78-75 defeat.
Westview returns to action tonight (Tuesday) in another pair of district contests when it hosts Milan. Tipoff for the girls’ game is slated for 6:30.
In the Westview girls’ win over Covington, it was a tale of two halves. Covington jumped out to a 29-23 halftime lead and then couldn’t score in the third period and mustered a mere three points in the final frame to fall by four points.
Breanna Pitcher led all scorers with 20 points as Westview improved to 13-6 overall and 5-2 in district play. Covington, led by KeSuana Griggs’ 10 points, dropped to 10-5, 5-3.
Covington started quickly and led 15-8 when Jamekia Mason converted a 3-point play late in the opening stanza. Teddy Vincent’s layup with just a few seconds left cut Westview’s deficit to 15-10 after one period of play.
Westview continued to claw back in the second frame behind a pair of jumpers and a trey from the left wing by Pitcher. Vincent’s 3-pointer from the key at the five-minute mark cut the host’s deficit to 21-20, and then Pitcher tied the score for the first time since the early moments with a free throw at 4:02.
However, Griggs hit an eight-foot jumper and was fouled, and after she missed the subsequent free throw, Mason grabbed the rebound and added the putback for a 29-23 halftime lead.
Despite not allowing a single point in the third period, Covington didn’t lose the lead and took a 29-27 advantage to the final frame.
A trey from the top of the key by Kaley Leyhue was the first bucket of the fourth period and gave Westview a 30-29 lead.
Pitcher added back-to-back baseline jumpers, and Westview’s defense gave up just a 3-pointer by Griggs in the fourth to secure the win.
In the boys contest, Westview trailed by 10 points with a little more than two minutes remaining, mounted a furious rally in the waning seconds but fell short when Jacob Lloyd’s desperation heave from half court fell short at the buzzer as Covington kept its district record unblemished at 8-0 and improved to 12-2 overall.
Lloyd, who led the host Chargers (13-3, 5-2) with 26 points, nailed back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 18 seconds to pull Westview within two at 76-74,
Ahead by three with 2.5 seconds to play after Demetres Claybon hit one of two free throws, Covington chose to send Lloyd to the charity stripe instead of allowing a late 3-point shot attempt.
Lloyd hit the first and intentionally missed the second, only to have Dillon Gardner whistled for a foul on the rebound attempt to send Covington’s Cornellius Edwards to the free-throw line.
Edwards, with 1.3 ticks remaining, hit the first and missed the second, giving Westview one last shot at overtime.
But, Lloyd’s half-court toss at the buzzer missed its mark, and Covington celebrated a thrilling finish to what was a seesaw battle throughout the contest.
The visiting Chargers took the early command when Edwards drained a three from the left wing to cap a 17-8 first-period run.
However, Westview fought back in the second period behind big plays off the bench by Jazell Baker and Chris Evans, as well as from starter Javier Gordon, who scored 10 of his 24 points in the stanza.
A pair of free throws by Gardner with 2:26 to go in the first half gave Westview its first lead at 23-22, and the host Chargers went to the halftime break down 30-29.
A ferocious third period saw both Charger teams head to the final frame knotted at 46-all, but suddenly after three straight turnovers, Westview found itself down 54-46 in the first two minutes of the fourth.
Westview cut its deficit to 54-51 before Covington erupted on a 12-2 run to take its largest lead at 66-53 with less than four minutes to play.
Two minutes later, Westview still trailed by 10 until Gordon scored back-to-back buckets to cut it to 71-65.
A free throw by Shelton Lyons added one to Covington’s lead, but Antonio Hogard answered with a 3-pointer from the left corner with 30.9 seconds remaining to trim Covington’s lead to 72-68.
Forced to foul, Westview sent Devin Wakefield to the line, and he nailed both for a 74-68 advantage.
Lloyd took the inbounds pass, stopped just beyond the 3-point arc and drained a trey with three defenders in his face and 18.1 ticks left to cut it to 74-71.
Again, Westview fouled, and again Covington took care of business as Bernard Hurd sank both free throws to go back up 76-71, only to watch Lloyd drain another 3-pointer with less than five seconds remaining to cut the score to 76-74.
Claybon was fouled and sent back to the line, where he hit one of two to set up the finale to a thrilling contest.
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