Same plan works for Charger teams
Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 12:03 pm
By MIKE HUTCHENS
What was good enough for the Westview girls was equally fine for the Charger boys.
Both Westview clubs used suffocating fullcourt pressure to blow out Milan Friday night, sweeping the District 13AA doubleheader by lopsided scores of 65-21 and 79-48.
Each Charger team was fueled by opportunities created by its harassing end-to-end press.
The Westview girls had runs of 11, nine and 13 unanswered points over the first three frames to invoke the mercy rule in the fourth quarter of their game, while the Charger boys put together an amazing stretch of 29 straight markers from midway through the third period until early in the fourth to run the Bulldogs out of the Martin gymnasium and also start the clock in continuous motion for the final eight minutes.
The blowout triumphs left both Westview teams at 6-2 overall and 3-1 in league play heading into critical 13AA matchups tonight at Covington.
Westview 65, Milan 21 (G)
The Lady Chargers forced nine first-quarter turnovers and built a double-figure lead (18-6) before the contest was seven minutes old on Kendal Leyhue’s 3-pointer that was part of a flurry of 11 straight points.
Tiffany Rechis bottomed a trey three minutes into the second frame to make it 30-9, and the difference was never less than 20 points thereafter.
Teddy Vincent had 13 of her game-high 17 over the first two periods and Westview led 39-16 at the half.
Kaitlyn Harrelson’s steal and subsequent layup stretched the lead to 31 (47-16) before Leyhue then capped another spurt — this one of 13 straight — to open the third quarter for Westview and end any suspense over the outcome.
Milan did not score in the fourth quarter and had only five points the entire second half while Lady Charger head coach Sean Stephenson emptied his bench.
“I thought we did a good job of taking what we’d worked on the last couple of days in practice and bringing it to the floor,” Stephenson said afterward. “We hadn’t run that particular press all year, and I thought it really produced the opportunity for several easy baskets for us.
“Those spurts aren’t something that we’ve had a lot of so far this year, so that was encouraging.”
Westview 79, Milan 48 (B)
After spotting the Bulldogs the first bucket of the nightcap, Westview ran off 18 successive points — capped by trifectas from R.J. Scott and Chris Evans
It was an even bigger Charger explosion in the second half, though, that was more impressive and sealed the winning deal.
Ahead 46-36 in the early stages of the third period, Westview dialed up the same fullcourt pressure it had used to seize early control.
And the results were staggering.
Creating multiple easy transition buckets with gained turnovers, the Chargers scored on essentially every possession — either from in close or on the perimeter.
Evans and Scott both again hit from beyond the arc late in the stanza before Javier Gordan rammed home a dunk to put an exclamation mark on the run.
“It was the best ball movement we’ve had all year,” Westview skipper J.B. Suiter claimed when told his squad had put five players in double figures. “We wanted to make it an up-and-down game, and our press helped us do that.
“The game plan was for us to establish ourselves inside first and, after we did that, I thought it opened things up on the perimeter nicely.”
Gordan had 16 points to pace the winners, while Evans added 14. Jordan Davis, Antonio Hogard and Jazell Baker chipped in with 10 apiece. Published in The WCP 12.13.11