Chargers stay in front of UC; Westview girls can’t catch up
Posted: Friday, November 25, 2011 12:01 pm
By KEVIN WEAKS
Westview’s boys started fast, while the Lady Chargers came up just short at end.
The Chargers split with visiting Union City on Tuesday night, winning the boys’ nightcap 72-60 following a surprising 55-52 loss in the girls’ game.
Westview’s boys are now 3-0, while the girls fall to 2-1. Both will host the Westview Thanksgiving Classic on Friday and Saturday at the Charger and Martin Middle School gyms.
Westview 72, UC 60 (B)
The Chargers scored the game’s first 13 points and then kept control of a game that was played pretty much on even terms the rest of the way.
“We were fortunate to get that start because after that, it was kind of an even game,” Westview head coach J.B. Suiter said. “Give them credit for taking our best hit and coming back. We were fortunate to come out on top.”
Jordan Davis hit a pair of three-pointers, and both Jazell Baker and Alex Ross scored in transition off steals in that opening barrage of points for the Chargers.
UC closed strong, though, getting as close as 15-11. Marcus DeBerry hit a short jumper along the baseline, and Tre Lewis turned two steals into points, keeping for a layup after one and dishing out to DeBerry for a three-pointer after the other.
Davis opened the second period with a triple and a layup converted from a steal to put the Chargers back up by double digits, 26-15 at 6:10.
Union City stayed close, though, and was within eight points at 39-31 by halftime.
Westview spent much of the third quarter widening the margin, going ahead as much as 53-35 at 3:16 on a pull-up 15-footer Javier Gordon.
DeBerry knocked down a triple to get UC within 64-55 in the fourth, but Gordon answered at the other end and then Union City, which saw head coach Shane Sisco get a technical foul, could get no closer than eight points the rest of the way.
“I think we have them a little on experience,” Suiter said. “We have some guys who have been playing since they were freshmen. So, our experience and quickness really worked to our advantage tonight.”
Davis and Gordon each had 16 points, and Chris Evans added 12 for the Chargers. DeBerry led all players with 17 points off the bench, while Lewis scored 14 for UC.
UC 55, Westview 52 (G)
The Lady Chargers made a strong push at the end, helped by Union City’s frequent misfires at the free throw line, but could never get closer than two points in the final seconds.
Union City went ahead 47-35 at 5:05 of the fourth period when Tory Reedy pulled up in the paint for a shot.
But, Westview trimmed the margin to four at 47-43 by the 1:50 mark, getting a shot in the paint and a layup in transition from Kaley Leyhue, a baseline drive for a layup by Teddy Vincent and a steal and layup from Kaitlyn Harrelson.
UC initially did well at the free throw line as a result of Westview being forced to foul, Tamara Nettles and Amber Fair each hitting two.
Westview then found the player to pick on, sending Jackie Hudson to the line eight times. She missed five in row before finally connecting on the back end of a double bonus, a stretch of futility that allowed the Lady Chargers to get as close as 53-51 on Katelyn Luthi’s three-pointer with 20.1 seconds left.
Westview would score one more point, though, and Hudson finished by hitting two of her final three at the line to hold off the Chargers.
“I think overall we played fairly hard,” Westview head coach Sean Stephenson said. “We got off to a slow start because we weren’t disciplined enough to get into our offense. They forced us into some turnovers, and some were unforced. We had 23 turnovers. We only shot it 29 times and hit 59 percent from the field but got beat. They didn’t hit that many more than we did, but when you turn it over 23 times, that’s 23 more potential shots we could’ve had that could’ve made a difference.”
Union City relied on Fair to gain control of the game. She finished with a game-best 33 points, hitting three of her four three-pointers in the first quarter as UC twiced came back from deficits to a 16-all tie at the break.
“If Fair plays like that, they’re going to be hard to handle,” Stephenson said. “She played well. She’s a good player.”
UC was up by as much as 12 points in the second quarter and twice led by 13 in the third.
Vincent scored 19 points, Kaley Leyhue added 12 and Luthi scored 11 for Westview. Hudson finished with 11 for UC. Published in The WCP 11.24.11