Only Westview boys halt Tornadoes
Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 12:00 pm
By KEVIN WEAKS
Westview’s boys stopped a Union City comeback in its tracks.
The Lady Chargers were unable to do the same.
Led by three players in double figures, the Charger boys held off a late UC rally for a 71-66 win in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday night at Union City.
Westview’s girls, meanwhile, saw the Lady Tornadoes overcome a five-point deficit early in the fourth period for a 63-60 verdict.
The Chargers led by as many as 15 points at 58-43 before UC, using its pressure defense and suddenly-hot three-point shooting, sliced the margin to just three points at 64-61 with 1:23 to play.
Westview finished strong, though, as Tyquis Johnson hit four free throws and a field goal to stop the Twisters.
“We told our kids that good teams make runs, better teams finish,” Westview head coach J.B. Suiter said. “We took some bad shots, but then we settled down and finished. That’s a good team. It’s a good win on this floor.”
Westview’s Jazell Baker hit a triple and converted a three-point play to give his team a 13-7 lead after one period, and the Chargers ultimately ran off 11 straight points for an 18-7 advantage early in the second.
Malik Stockdale and Marcus DeBerry got the Golden Tornadoes back within 18-15, but a pair of 3-pointers from Antonio Hogard lifted the Chargers to a 26-19 halftime advantage.
The second half saw Westview pull out to a good lead, UC cut the difference to one possession and then the Chargers pull away again.
Johnson gave the Chargers a 29-19 to open the third period, but UC got as close as 29-27 before Westview embarked on a 21-9 run to lead 50-36. Hogard opened the fourth period with a three-point play and a layup off a steal to put his team up by 14.
A pair of triples from DeBerry and another from LaMonte Dickerson led another Union City comeback that trimmed the difference to 58-54 just past the midway point of the fourth.
Baker had 22 points, and both Hogard and Johnson pitched in 20 for the Chargers, who hit 11 treys and were 12-of-14 at the line. Westview also connected on 11 3-point baskets.
DeBerry scored 21 points and Dickerson added nine for UC, which went 8-of-41 on 3-point shooting.
Westview’s Kaley Leyhue scored on a pair of backdoor cuts, the second resulting in a three-point play, for a 47-42 lead early in the fourth.
But, the Lady Twisters — minus standout Amber Fair due to a knee injury — answered with a 15-3 run and then held off Westview over the final three minutes.
Tiffany Rechis knocked down three treys in the final minutes, but UC’s 11-of-15 free throw shooting for the game paid off in stopping the Lady Chargers.
“If we score 60 points, we should win,” Westview head coach Sean Stephenson said. “Our defense has to be better than that. Rebounding is critical. I don’t think we did a good job rebounding and just gave up too many easy shots. Offensively, we were OK. We didn’t have many turnovers. But, if you can’t rebound and can’t defend the basket on your end of the floor, you’ll have a hard time winning.”
The teams were knotted at 16-all after one period and 25-25 at the half and were even once more late in the third, tied at 39-all after UC rallied from a 37-29 deficit.
Triples by Kendall Leyhue and Rechis helped Westview take a 14-8 lead in the first period. The teams traded leads early in the second and were tied again when UC’s Tory Reedy bottomed a trey at the buzzer.
Kendall Leyhue and Rechis each hit a three to open the third quarter as Westview pulled ahead by eight points.
Rechis topped Westview with 20 points and Teddy Vincent added 13.
Tory Reedy scored a game-best 24, and Jackie Hudson pitched in 23 for UC.
The Lady Chargers hit eight 3-pointers, six by Rechis, but were just 9-of-20 at the free throw line.
Published in The Weakley County Press 11.27.12