Charger bursts put away ’Cats
Posted: Friday, December 9, 2011 12:03 pm
By KEVIN WEAKS
Westview’s girls took care of business early, and the Charger boys put a win in the books late.
Neither Westview team trailed in a prep basketball doublheader sweep of visiting Haywood Tuesday night, winning the girls’ game 61-41 and the boys’ game 55-41.
As a result, the two Charger teams sport the same overall and District 13AA records, 5-2 and 2-1.
Westview’s girls wrapped up their win early, holding the Lady Tomcats to five points in each of the first two quarters in taking a 23-10 halftime lead.
The Charger boys, meanwhile, kept Haywood at arm’s length throughout the first half and third quarter before pulling out to a double-digit lead late in the third frame.
WV 61, Haywood 41 (G)
Strong defense and a patient, opportunistic offense to the Lady Chargers to an 11-5 lead after one quarter and 13-point halftime advantage.
Kaley Leyhue hit a 3-pointer early in the first period for a 5-2 lead and then worked the clocked down for a 10-footer at the end of the quarter. Three-pointers by Kaitlyn Harrelson and Katelyn Luthi put the Lady Chargers ahead 17-5 at 4:53, and then Teddy Vincent went to work in the lane for a couple of baskets that helped push the margin to 23-10 at the intermission.
“I thought we did a good job keeping them out of the lane,” Westview head coach Sean Stephenson said. “Coming in, we felt they were better driving to the basket than they were shooting from the outside, and I thought for the first half we did a pretty good job of cutting off the lanes. In the first half, I thought we did a good job defensively.”
Kendall Layhue drove the lane for a basket and knocked down a triple for a 30-14 Westview advantage, and then Vincent got inside twice before closing the third period with a triple to put Westview ahead 44-26 at the end of the quarter.
“(Teddy) kind of got off to a slow start, but everybody picked up for her in the first half,” Stephenson said. “We had seven who scored in the first half. We got her the ball more in the second half, and she attacked the basket both inside and out. She was able to score in the post and make some outside shots.”
Vincent finished with a game-best 15 points, while Chelsey Owens scored 11 for Haywood.
WV 55, Haywood 41 (B)
Westview stayed ahead of, and then pulled away from, Haywood by making virtually every hustle play, its quickness matching the athletic Tomcats and its aggressiveness far exceeding the play of its opponent.
“Our hustle was incredible tonight,” Charger head coach J.B. Suiter said. “We had the complete package from everybody out there. Hustle was never a question tonight.”
Javier Gordon scored twice in the lane, throwing down a two-handed dunk, for a 6-2 lead, and then Westview never let Haywood get even the rest of the way.
The Tomcats were within 6-5 only to see Antonio Hogard knock down a 3-pointer from the top of the key on the way to 13-9 lead at the first break.
Haywood then closed to within a point twice more in the second frame but could never get over the hump. Hogard hit a 15-footer after the ’Cats closed to 16-15, and then Jazell Baker grabbed a steal at one end and flashed open for a basket underneath at the other end after Haywood trailed just 18-17.
Westview was up 25-22 at the half and then steadily opened a gap in the third, despite some shaky offensive play early, finally taking its first double-digit lead on Baker’s triple from the top with three seconds remaining for a 43-32 advantage.
“We rushed some things, but overall, it was by far our best effort in being patient,” Suiter said. “In fact, I told them that, at times, they were almost being too team oriented. But, you like that out of a group. It’s good to share the ball.”
Hogard topped all players with 22 points, and Sadarius Delk scored 12 for Haywood. Published in The WCP 12.8.11