Westview boys flex muscles to position for high seeding
Posted: Friday, January 20, 2012 12:00 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
It is all about seeding now as Westview showed its muscle in the second half against Dyersburg Tuesday night.
The Chargers had a slow start in the first half but came on strong in the second half to beat the Trojans 69-43 and remain one game behind Covington in District 13AA. The Lady Chargers were not as fortunate as the Lady Trojans surged to a 68-42 triumph.
The Chargers are 16-4 on the season and 9-2 in the district. A showdown with Covington looms over the horizon for Westview when it takes on Covington at home in a battle for the top spot in the district on Jan. 27. But first, Westview must get past Haywood County on Friday night and Milan on Tuesday night. Both of those games are on the road.
The Lady Chargers are also jockeying for a better seed as they sit in the middle of the pack now in the district. Westview’s records now stand at 13-6 overall and 7-4 in the district after the loss to the fifth-ranked Lady Trojans.
WV 69, Dyersburg 43 (B)
After a slow start in the first half, the Chargers went on a seven-point run to close it out and extended the run to nine to start the third period and outscored the Trojans 24-9 in the period.
Neither team could get any kind of offense going in the first period. Westview jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead and prevented Dyersburg from getting a shot off until the 4:50 in the period. By the end of the first, the Chargers had a narrow 10-6 lead.
Jordan Davis led the Chargers in the second period with eight of his nine points as he got the seven-point run going late in the period and closed out the first half scoring with a 3-pointer just before the buzzer went off.
The Chargers had been having some difficulty finishing out some games. Against the Trojans, however, the Chargers had more of a complete game and did not let Dyersburg get back in it.
“We have played really well the last two games,” Westview head coach J.B. Suiter said. “We played a more complete four quarters. Our shot selection was a little bit off in the first quarter, but I thought our guys reacted and adjusted quickly and really got back into their comfort zone in the second quarter.”
The fourth period was the only period of the game the Trojans were able to mount any kind of a threat.
The Charger defense was too much for Dyersburg to handle as they turned the ball over 21 times in the game.
“We’re quick, and you don’t coach quickness. But we are set up to have them be successful, and our guys are playing their tails off right now. They are playing at a very high energy level. We have a lot of guys we can go to. It is not about one or two, it is about 25 kids we have on the team,” Suiter said.
Antonio Hogard continued his productive season with a game-high 17 points, and Jazell Baker followed with 15.
Tyqis Johnson had 10 and Chris Evans scored nine for the Chargers.
Dyersburg 68, WV 42 (G)
The Lady Chargers had no solution to the second half onslaught the Lady Trojans dished out.
Dyersburg outscored Westview 40-19 after the intermission as Westview turned the ball over 12 times to the Lady Trojans’ four.
In all, Westview had 23 turnovers compared to only eight for Dyersburg.
The Lady Chargers kept the game close in the first half, being down by only five with a score of 28-23 by the break. The closest the Lady Chargers got was 13-12 in the first period after a Tiffany Rechis jump shot.
Each time Westview tried to mount a threat, Dyersburg would answer it by causing Westview to make a mistake and get a big basket out of it.
“When we competed in stretches is when we took care of the ball in the first half,” Westview skipper Sean Stephenson said. “We turned it over some, but we got it under control enough to keep it close. In the third quarter we got tired and I don’t think we are in the kind of condition we need to be in to play those kinds of minutes. They put a lot of pressure on our guards and pressing us on the half court. They kept us from getting anything we wanted to get into.”
Westview was led in scoring by Kaley Leyhue with 15 points. Teddy Vincent scored 10 and Rechis added eight. Published in The WCP 1.19.12