Westview sees both good, bad in 13AA first losses
Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012 12:00 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
Westview’s girls handed Covington their first District 13AA loss of the season. Covington’s boys then returned the favor.
The schools that share the “Charger” nickname shared in the winning Tuesday night at the Wesview gym as the Westview girls knocked off previously unbeaten Covington 54-40 thanks to some excellent rebounding effort, while the Westview boys let an 11-point halftime lead slip away as Covington battled back in the third period en route to an 84-79 win.
WV 54, Covington 40 (G)
The Lady Chargers of Westview (10-1) are one up on Covington (10-1, 4-1) in a battle between two of the top three girls’ programs in the district.
Westview, which has been using an up-tempo, pressure defense in the first period for the last several games, switched to halfcourt defense against Covington. Head coach Sean Stephenson’s game plan worked to perfection.
Westview’s halfcourt defense allowed it to keep Covington from making any easy baskets in the first period and set up for the rebounds.
“We did not think we could press them consistently and keep them from getting easy shots,” Stephenson said. “We wanted to try to make them score over us and possibly force some turnovers. We also would have run the risk of giving up some layups on the other end.
“We wanted to make sure, at least starting the game, that they were not getting a lot of free looks. It ended up working out so we stuck with it.”
Westview grabbed a 7-1 within the first two minutes of the game on a short jumper and 3-pointer by Teddy Vincent and a pair of free throws by Tiffany Rechis.
A pair of free throws from Kendall Leyhue gave Westview a 14-4 lead with three minutes to play in the first period. A 3-pointer by Covington’s Precious Dyson made it an 18-10 game with 53 seconds left in the period. Kaley Leyhue got the lead back up to 10 on her 10-foot jumper just before the end of the period.
Covington started getting some second-chance baskets in the second period, but Westview was able to maintain its lead throughout the frame. Kaley Layhue gave Westview a 12-point lead on her 3-pointer with just over a minute to play. Leshaundra Somerville’s jumper cut the lead back to 10 with two seconds to play in the first half.
Westview continued the halfcourt defense in the second and used it to cut down on Covington’s second-chance shots at the basket.
“I thought we did a really good job at rebounding in the second half,” Stephenson said. “I thought they had some second-chance looks in the first half with Somerville and Mason (Janeika). In the second half, we really limited their second-chance points.”
Somerville hit two 3-pointers in the third period to keep Covington close, but Westview hit three 3–pointers in the period — two by Rechis and one by Vincent to maintain the lead. That was the only points Westview scored in the period.
Westview got its biggest lead of the game in the fourth on back-to-back 3-pointers from Vincent and Kaley Leyhue to make it 48-32. Covington used the press and trap to force Westview into seven turnovers in the period, but the home team was also able to beat the press enough times to put the game away toward the end.
Vincent led Westview with 19 points, followed by Rechis with 16. Kaley Leyhue scored 15 to give Westview three players in double-digit scoring. Westview also held a 34-14 rebounding advantage. Dyson led all scorers with 20 points, hitting five 3-pointers in the game.
Covington 84, WV 79 (B)
A hot-shooting Westview (8-3, 4-1) team in the first half suddenly had trouble getting the ball to fall through in the second half. Add that with 53 percent free throw shooting in the game and it equals out to a loss to Covington (8-2, 5-0).
Westview missed 11 out of 18 free throws in the second half, including six in the final period. Covington’s free throw shooting was not much better — 59 percent for the game — but the visitors did not need to be as they outscored Westview 45-29 to make up the 11-point deficit from the first half.
“We got some easy baskets in the first half and had some problems adjusting to their zone in the second half,” WV head coach J.B. Suiter said. “We have got to make free throws against a team like Covington, and tonight we did not do that.”
Westview saw its 11-point lead evaporate in the third period when Covington went on a 13-1 run in a fou-minute stretch to make 56-55 with Westview ahead. Covington took a 64-63 lead with 14 seconds to play on Chevia Hughes’ 3-pointer. Antonio Hogard missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw that would have tied it with 0.3 seconds left in the period.
Covington extended its lead to eight on Bobby Shanks layup. Hogard got Westview back to within five on his 3-pointer with 3:11 left in the game. Jordan Davis got Westview to within a basket after he hit a pair of free throws with just under two minutes to play.
Hogard missed the back end of a pair of free throws prior to Davis’ two. Javier Gordon missed the front end of a one-and-one before Hogard went to the line.
Gordon got a chance to tie the game when he was sent back to line after being fouled with 26.1 seconds to play, but he only made one shot to make it 80-79.
Demetrius Dyson went to line after Davis fouled him and made both shots to give Covington a three-point lead with 23.9 seconds to play.
Gordon was fouled once again while attempting a jump shot and came down hard on his right ankle. Suiter put Justin Johnson into the game to take the free throws, but he missed both attempts with eight seconds to play. Dyson was fouled once again and made both shots to put the game away.
“Covington made some adjustments in the second half,” Suiter said. “You have got to give them credit. They have a good team. They were able to get around our zone and get some easy layups.”
Hogard led Westview with 20 points. Jazell Baker was second in scoring for Westview with 18 points, followed Gordon with 14.
Two of Gordon’s points came on slam dunk in the first period. Dyson led all scorers with 27 points for Covington.
Both Westview squads with back in action on Friday when they travel to Medina to play South Gibson.
Westview’s next home game will be Dec. 20 against Greenfield. Published in The WCP 12.13.12