Westview leads evaporate late in district losses
Posted: Friday, January 21, 2011 12:02 am
The Gibson County Lady Pioneers used a buzzer-beater to fulfill their comeback from 10 points down, winning 31-29 over the Westview Lady Chargers.
In the nightcap, the Pioneers trailed by as many as 19 after halftime and by 15 when the fourth got under way. Gibson County eventually forced an overtime to take the 68-63 win.
In the boys game, Westview raced ahead thanks to second-chance points and forced turnovers. Jacob Lloyd pitched in five points and Javier Gordon scored six as Westview led 15-10 after a quarter.
The visiting Chargers ratcheted up the defensive pressure in the second quarter and stretched their lead to 16 at 33-17. The lead could have been larger but WHS missed two fastbreak layups in the quarter.
A steal and a floater by Gibson County’s Mitchell Simpson to beat the halftime horn foreshadowed the fourth quarter and sent Westview into the locker room leading 34-21.
The Chargers got the first six points of the third to expand the lead to its largest margin of 19, 40-21, mid way through the third. Westview then got lax and the Pioneers took advantage. Simpson pitched in eight points as GC trailed 48-33 after three frames.
With Simpson and Mike Horton leading the comeback, the Pioneers needed less than two minutes to tally the first 13 points of the fourth to pull within two. Westview tried to slow the pace and work off penetration by Lloyd. Gordon scored twice off his passes, and Lloyd added a layup after a Jazell Baker jumper as the Charger lead rose back to eight, 56-48, with 3:34 remaining in the fourth.
With time waning, the Pioneers got busy on the perimeter. Gibson County 3-balls from Horton and Shaquille Watson and another long Horton jumper knotted the score at 56-all with 1:10 left in regulation.
Westview opted to let Lloyd dribble down the clock before driving in. His leaner missed as did a Baker trey try at the buzzer.
In the overtime, Westview led 63-62 on a Baker old-fashioned 3-point play with 1:15 left. A Horton putback put GC in front by one at the 34-second mark.
Simpson then came up with a steal and the Pioneers hit four straight free throws to ice the 68-63 win.
In the low-scoring girls game, the score was even at 4-all after a frame. Westview got a trey each from Kaley Leyhue and Jacey Sims to open a lead early in the second quarter and was ahead 14-13 at halftime.
Westview reeled off 11 straight early in the third to lead 25-15 at the three-minute mark. From there the Lady Chargers were outscored 16-4 over the final 11 minutes of the game. After building the lead, Lady Charger Taylor Swaim picked up her fourth foul and the Lady Pioneers drilled back-to-back 3-pointers and trailed 25-21 heading into the fourth.
Tori Reedy’s second trey opened the final stanza and cut the WHS lead to one.
A Breanna Pitcher putback and her two free throws sandwiched around a GC hoop put Westview up, 29-28, with 3:34 left.
Turnovers and misses by both teams allowed Gibson County to take possession with 45 ticks to play. Courtney Haynes missed her late baseline shot, but Alyssa White, who blocked four shots, grabbed the rebound and scored at the buzzer to make GC victorious, 31-29.
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