Strong finishes keep Chargers near 13AA top

Strong finishes keep Chargers near 13AA top

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 12:00 pm

Strong finishes keep Chargers near 13AA top | Strong finishes keep Chargers near 13AA top
By KEVIN WEAKS
Press Sports
Westview finished off Ripley by finishing strong.
It was somewhat expected for the Lady Chargers. It was surely a relief for Westview’s boys.
The Chargers pulled away in the second half of both District 13AA games Friday night in Martin, winning 73-32 in a girls’ game almost overshadowed by five technical fouls called and then rolling 83-65 in the boys’ nightcap.
Westview’s win in the girls’ game was no surprise as the Lady Chargers improved to 13-6 overall and 7-3 in the district while dropping Ripley to 4-14 and 2-8.
The margin of victory had to be somewhat of a surprise in the boys’ game as the two came in as two of the league’s top teams. The Chargers are now 15-4 and 8-2, while the Tigers fall to 14-4 and 8-2.
“We talked about getting these teams at our gym the second half of the year,” Charger head coach J.B. Suiter said. “We’ve made some of the tough trips, and we have to get these wins on our home court. This was the best win for us this year. Hopefully, it will be good for our kids and show them what they’re capable of come tournament time.”
For the Westview boys, a win going away broke a recent trend that had seen the Chargers get up big on its last two opponents, only to hold off late rallies at the end of each game.
WV 83, Ripley 65 (B)
Antonio Hogard scored 21 points, including seven in the fourth quarter, to lead three Chargers in double figures.
Jazell Baker and Javier Gordon had 20 points each and all three players scored at critical times in the fourth quarter to make sure the Tigers did not stage any late heroics
Westview opened a 59-40 lead heading into the final period, but four 3-pointers by Setric Willams had the margin down to 14 at 71-57 with 3:53 to play. The Chargers answered, though, by pushing the lead to 20 points on three occasions in the final minutes.
“The guys did a great job of execution,” Suiter said. “We took care of the ball and played a full 32 minutes. We’ve talked about the last couple of games and about having big leads and then kind of squandering them, so it’s a credit to our kids for getting back on track and doing what they’re capable of doing.”
The two teams battled on nearly even terms throughout the first half, Ripley ahead 16-15 after one quarter and then the Chargers up 31-28 at the half.
Williams and Jimmy Dixon had eight points apiece in the opening quarter for Ripley, Williams knocking down a pair of threes, while Jordan Davis scored eight for the Chargers.
Davis keyed back-to-back baskets for a 13-9 lead at 4:17 with steals, dishing to Gordon for one score and then keeping himself on a baseline drive for the other. The second of Williams’ treys, however, put the Tigers in front by the end of the period.
Hogard and Baker ignited Westview to start the second, each with a 3-pointer as the home team scored the first eight points of the quarter. Each put up seven points in the period, helping Westview go ahead by as many as eight, 27-19.
Hogard and Baker kept scoring in the third period, and the Chargers continued to widen the gap. Baker put up nine points in the frame followed by Hogard’s seven, each with a 3-point bucket.
Williams finished as the game’s top scorer with 22 points, while Dixon pitched in 21 for Ripley.
WV 73, Ripley 32 (G)
A tight battle turned into a rout pretty quickly, Westview doing in the Lady Tigers at the free throw line when head coach Eric Ellerbrook and the team kept getting hit with technical fouls.
After Westview scored the last four points of the first period to go ahead 12-10, the Chargers threatened several times in the second period to pull away, only to see the Ripley battle back.
The visitors couldn’t catch Westview at the free throw line, though, and a late flurry of fouls, including the first technical, helped the Lady Chargers open up a 36-23 halftime lead.
Tiffany Rechis and Kaitlyn Harrelson converted back-to-back 3-point plays, and Rechis knocked down both free throws from the technical to cap a 16-4 Westview run to close the half.
“Give credit to Ripley. They played well early, and we struggled against their press,” Westview head coach Sean Stephenson said. “Kaitlyn played a big role in our second period. She made a play on the press, stole it and got an and-one, and then Tiffany stepped up and hit her free throws.”
Ellerbrook’s return to the court from intermission lasted exactly 20 seconds as he was hit with his second technical and ejected at 7:40 of the third period. Rechis hit four times at the line to stretch the margin to 40-23, and Lady Chargers continued to extend their lead the rest of the way.
Stephenson said the technical fouls, and his team’s response to them at the line, had a big impact on the outcome.
“It was kind of deflating for them because they’d played so hard up to that point,” Stephenson said. “Then, we were able to capitalize by hitting all those free throws and extend the lead with the clock stopped. It helped us get some confidence. Just seeing the ball go though the basket helped us with everything else.”
Westview held a 65-30 at the end of the third and played with a running clock throughout the final period.
Teddy Vincent topped the Lady Chargers with 21 points, followed by 15 for Kaley Leyhue, 14 for Rechis and 10 for Harrelson.
Kiniesha Maclin scored 18 points for Ripley, including six in both the first and second periods. Published in The WCP 1.17.12

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