Chargers happy to finish ahead in close race at OC

Chargers happy to finish ahead in close race at OC

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 12:00 pm

By KEVIN WEAKS
Press Sports
Seemingly poised for a runaway win, Westview was happy to simply reach the finish line first.
The Lady Chargers, meanwhile, could not keep up.
Westveiw split its District 13AA doubleheader against Obion County Central at Troy on Friday night, holding off a late Rebel charge for a 69-63 win in the boys’ game, which followed a 62-42 win by Central in the girls’ contest.
Westview’s boys were pulling away in the second half, taking a 59-46 lead by the end of the third quarter and going up by as many as 18 in the fourth. But, near the midway point of that final period, the Chargers’ plan to hold the ball resulted in several turnovers and transition baskets the other way as Central got as close as three points with under two minutes remaining.
“It was something that I’m trying to work on, and the guys were trying to do exactly what I said,” Westview head coach J.B. Suiter said. “I told them we were going to try to control the clock, treat it like a college clock and take 30 to 35 seconds off, and we wanted nothing but layups. Our guys have never held the ball more than two minutes, so that was just them trying to do what they thought I wanted.”
While the Westview boys were able to hold on when the Rebels shifted gears, the Lady Chargers could not catch up when OC turned up the tempo in the second half of the girls’ game.
Westview trailed just 22-12 at the half but then saw Central’s fullcourt defense and inside presence on offense account for 40 points after intermission.
“The game was too fast for us in the second half,” Lady Charger skipper Sean Stephenson said. “We had it at about the speed we wanted in the first half. We just had trouble scoring. We had some open shots. We had our chances to be in the game and make it competitive. We just have to take care of the ball and figure out how to score more consistently.”
Westview 69, OC 63 (B)
The Chargers used a 22-6 run at the end of the second quarter to gain control and appeared well on their way to a lopsided win.
After a back-and-forth first period, during which Westview hit a pair of free throws with no time on the clock for a 17-15 lead, Central opened the second frame with 10 straight points.
But, Javier Gordon had eight of his team-high 21 points in the second period as the Chargers rallied for a 39-31 advantage at the break.
Jazell Bake hit a 3-pointer, and Gordon followed a missed shot as Westview capitalized on a pair of missed shots by Central to begin the third period.
“I thought our guys made good adjustments, started feeding off each other and started making shots,” Suiter said. “When you start making shots on the perimeter, that opens up the inside a little. I thought our guys battled well inside.”
OC got as close as nine points later in the third, but the Chargers quickly opened a double-digit lead again and held a comfortable margin through half of the fourth frame.
“Our guys played very well and got a big district win on the road,” Suiter said.
Behind Gordon, Baker put up 14 points and Tyqis Johnson added 12, hitting a pair of 3-pointers in both the first and third quarters. Bryan Morris had a game-high 24 points for OC.
OC 62, Westview 42 (G)
The Lady Chargers kept the score low in the first half but could never fully contain point guard Macy Wright and post player Brandi Goodman.
Goodman finished with 32 points, tallying 13 in the first half despite picking up three fouls and then scoring the first 11 Central points of the fourth quarter, and Wright added 10 points while directing the Lady Rebels’ transition game.
Westview stayed within striking distance in the first half despite putting up just 12 points and going the half with Teddy Vincent and Kaley Leyhue held scoreless. The Chargers also had 10 turnovers in the first quarter alone.
“We just didn’t do a good job of taking care of the ball,” Stephenson said. “If we do a better job taking care of the ball against these teams that are more experienced, then we give ourselves a chance.”
Held to just 22 points in the first two quarters, OC scored 21 in the third and began to pull away, forcing Westview into an up-tempo game. The Lady Chargers got as close as 11 points twice early in the fourth, but Goodman took over in the paint at the other end to widen the gap.
“By the time we got down 10 or 15 in the third quarter, we had to press, and obviously us pressing them is not the answer,” Stephenson said. “But, we were just trying to force the tempo to help us score a little, and we got it down to 11 in the fourth. We just ran out of gas.
“By us pressing, we had trouble recovering back into our base defense fast enough to stop Macy and Brandi. They work well together.”
Vincent was Westview’s only player in double figures with 10. Published in The WCP 1.10.12

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