Westview has new and old reasons to celebrate
Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 9:50 am
On a night when Westview celebrated the 1996 State Champion Lady Chargers basketball team, as well as homecoming, the Blue and Gold hardwood squads enjoyed a pair of District 13-AA victories over Ripley.
Breanna Pitcher’s 25 points fueled the Lady Chargers to a 59-36 win, while Jacob Lloyd scored 20 points to lead the Chargers to a 64-49 triumph in the nightcap.
In the opener, Westview hit four consecutive 3-pointers at the start of the second period to break open a tight contest and grab a 13-point advantage. WHS never trailed again.
A pair of Pitcher treys provided bookends to back-to-back threes by Jacey Sims as the Lady Chargers extended their 15-14 first-period lead to 27-14 mid way through the second.
The Lady Tigers managed to claw back to within eight points at halftime, thanks largely to sophomore sensation Kineisha Maclin, who scored 16 of Ripley’s 20 first-half points.
However, Westview dominated the third stanza 20-11 to erase any comeback hopes Ripley may have had, and in the process, held Maclin to eight second-half points. She finished with 24 points and was the only Lady Tiger to score more than two points.
“I thought we played really hard,” WHS head coach Sean Stephenson said. “Breanna played a heck of a game and shot the ball well. Jacey shot the ball well, too, and really got us going in the first half.”
Even when the shots didn’t fall for the Lady Chargers, they earned plenty of second chances by controlling the offensive glass for 20 rebounds. In all, Westview out-rebounded Ripley 39-21.
“That’s something we haven’t been doing. We haven’t been shooting particularly well, and to compound that problem, we haven’t been rebounding very well. But tonight, not only did we make a few shots, but we went and got some second-chance points,” Stephenson said.
With the win, the Lady Chargers improved to 17-9 overall and 9-5 in the district.
In the nightcap, Westview avenged an earlier loss at Ripley to earn its 20th win.
Perhaps inspired by the ceremony honoring the former state champions prior to tipoff, the Chargers exploded with a 20-4 run to start the game and held on to that advantage throughout the contest, unlike the previous meeting.
“We held on to the lead this time,” Charger head coach J.B. Suiter said. “We got a double-digit lead late in the third quarter at Ripley and let them do things to us to force us into some bad decisions. Tonight, we weathered one good run from them and settled in and took care of the ball.”
Dillon Gardner drained a pair of first-period 3-pointers as Westview led 20-8 at the end of one stanza. A three from the right wing by Lloyd gave the Chargers their largest lead of the first half at 32-18, and they took a 32-21 advantage to the lockers at halftime.
The Tigers made their aforementioned run at the Chargers in the third period, cutting their deficit to single digits at 38-29.
However, key buckets by Jazell Baker and Chris Evans, plus smothering defense by Javier Gordon, regained control for Westview en route to a 49-33 edge by the end of the third. Gordon’s relentless pressure earned high praise from his coach after the game.
“He has stepped up and risen to the challenge, so to speak, of some things we’ve asked him to do. He plays hard the whole time he’s in there and makes things happen,” Suiter said.
The Chargers led by 20 points three separate times in the fourth, the last of which coming when Gordon snatched a steal near halfcourt and raced to the other end for a thunderous dunk to punctuate the Westview victory.
Along with Lloyd’s game-high 20 points, Gordon tallied 14 and Gardner added 10 as the Chargers improved to 20-7 overall and 11-3 in district fare.
Bobby Daniels and Jimmy Dyson paced the Tigers with 15 and 10 points, respectively, in the loss.
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