Year starts well for Westview with two wins over Madison
Sara Reid — Special to the Weakley County Pres
The Lady Chargers (16-0) remained unbeaten with a 46-28 win, while the WHS boys (12-4) cruised to a 67-30 victory.
Opening play to a slow start, the Lady Mustangs and Lady Chargers swapped baskets for the duration of the first quarter. Madison Academic’s Morgan Faulkner proved to be a big presence inside and led her team with five points, but at the end of one the score was knotted at 9-all.
Westview began the second quarter of play on a 4-0 mini-run. Five straight points from the Lady Mustangs put them back in the lead by a point. The Lady Chargers, however, answered with a 6-0 run to lead 20-14 at the break.
Continuing the offensive outburst in the third, Westview scored the first five points of the frame and took a 25-14 lead with 4:21 remaining in the quarter. Behind Amber Rechis’ 13 points the Lady Charger lead ballooned to 15 at 35-20 after three quarters of play.
In the final quarter, both squads entered the bonus. With the majority of the points coming at the charity stripe, the Lady Chargers finished up by outscoring the visitors 11-8 and taking the 46-28 win.
Rechis led Westview with 18 points. Grace Ann Swaim finished with 10. Faulkner scored 14 for Madison Academic.
In the second contest, the Chargers grabbed a sizeable lead early and never faltered, rolling to a 67-30 defeat of the Mustangs.
Jacob Lloyd got off to a hot start from 3-land as did Dillon Gardner. Both players hit a pair from long distance. Reid Cates added a trifecta of his own and Westview led 19-6 at the end of one.
Outscoring the visitors 11-8 in the second quarter, WHS took a 30-14 advantage at halftime.
Jacob Lloyd again demonstrated his accuracy from beyond the arc in the third frame. He knocked down a trio of threes and helped build the lead to 49-24 at the end of three quarters.
It was up to the Charger reserves to finish the job in the final quarter and they were more than ready. Marcus Bardwell put up seven points and Westview cruised to the big 67-30 win.
Jacob Lloyd led the Charger with 22 points. Dillon Gardner scored 10. Riley Morgan was high scorer for the Mustangs with 14 points.
Westview will next take the court when it travels to Dyer to take on the host Gibson County Pioneers with tipoff of the girls game at 6:30 on Tuesday night.
Jan. 3 at Martin
Madison (28) — Morgan Faulkner 14, Sarah Sopcak 4, Hope Patterson 2, Nikke Early 2, Nikeith Love 2, Mariah Bell 2, Caroline Carpenter 2.
Westview (46) — Amber Rechis 18, Grace Ann Swaim 10, Caitlyn Campbell 7, Jacey Sims 4, Amber Nanney 3, Sara Olds 2, Taylor Swaim 2.
3-pointers: Madison — none; Westview — Rechis (2).
Records: Westview 16-0 (1-0 District 13-AA).
Madison (30) — Riley Morgan 14, Evan Burton 4, Donte McCory 3, Earl Shaw 2, Jamaal Goldsmith 2, Brent Pafford 2, Desmond Sanders 2, Jody Kinnis 1.
Westview (67) — Jacob Lloyd 22, Dillon Gardner 10, Reid Cates 8, Marcus Bardwell 7, Chris Gardner 4, Will Thompson 3, Cameron Boyd 2, Davell Lloyd 2, Korie Johnson 2, Chris Evans 2, Seth Waterfield 2, Jonathan Jones 2, Garrett Vincent 1.
3-pointers: Madison — Morgan; Westview — Jacob Lloyd (5), Dillon Gardner (3), Cates (2).
Records: Westview 12-4 (1-0 District 13-AA).