Consolation has Westview girls in need of refill before next trip
Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 12:00 pm
By MIKE HUTCHENS
The Westview girls will have to gas up for a first round regional tournament trip for more than one reason.
The Lady Chargers emptied their proverbial tank in the consolation game of the District 13AA tourney before losing a tough 67-64 overtime decision to eighth-ranked Dyersburg Saturday night.
A journey to District 14 Tournament champion Bolivar Friday night is next up for Westview (19-11) in the aftermath of its fourth-place 13AA finish and third loss to D’burg in as many meetings this season.
Neither of the other two were as hard to swallow or as highly competitive as Saturday’s setback, however, as the Lady Chargers were overwhelmed in those matchups by 27 and 26 points, respectively.
Westview led for the large majority of the teams’ third meeting — and by as many as 13 points late in the third period — before the Lady Trojans roared from behind with stepped-up defensive pressure and eventually took advantage of two Martin starters and double-figure scorers (Kaley Leyhue and Teddy Vincent) fouling out down the stretch.
Jaleya Mosley’s bucket with less than a minute left in the OT broke a 60-all deadlock and gave the host team the lead for good.
Vincent’s hoop from underneath tied the count at 55 with 14 seconds left in regulation after D’burg had put together a 17-7 run from late in the third period until the 4:33 mark of the fourth that erased all of what had been a double-figure Westview lead.
A pair of Tiffany Rechis free throws and a Kendall Leyhue putback forged ties at 51 and 53 before Vincent’s deed sent the game to the overtime.
Katelyn Luthi hit the first of two foul shots with 17.4 ticks left to get the Lady Chargers within 64-63 after they’d once trailed by four, but Westview never could get over the hump with a makeshift lineup.
Free throws by Dyersburg’s Myatt Taylor and Kay K. Tate in the last eight seconds sealed the outcome.
The Lady Chargers jumped on top early and led all but a few seconds until midway through the stretch run.
Freshman Tiffany Rechis — who led four Westview scorers in double figures with 20 points — made a pair of 3-pointers in the first 90 seconds to get her team out of the gate fast.
Up 12-8 after one and 26-21 at halftime, the Charger girls built their biggest cushion at 40-27 with 2:59 showing in the third stanza when Kaley Leyhue converted a traditional 3-point play.
Leyhue had 15 points, her sister Kendall 10 and Vincent 11 to join Richis in twin digits.
Dyersburg’s Mosley led all point-makers with 22.
Kaley Leyhue and Vincent were both named to the all-district team based on seasonal play in ceremonies following Obion Central’s 75-74 overtime victory over Covington in the tournament championship game.
Rechis, Vincent and Kaley Leyhue were each named all-tournament. Published in The WCP 2.21.12