Gibson County pulls away to take 13-AA crown from Lady Chargers
Stephanie Sturgis - Press Sports Editor
The Lady Chargers could not pull off the upset in the tourney championship game, falling to the undefeated Gibson County girls, 74-50.
"I think our earlier game (vs. Obion County) took a lot out of us. We weren't as fresh tonight as the game went on," WHS coach Sean Stephenson said.
The Lady Chargers will next host Fayette-Ware in the Region 7-AA quarterfinals at 6:30 on Thursday night.
Westview got off to a hot start thanks to Amber Rechis drilling three shots from 3-point range in the first quarter. Her third trey put the Lady Chargers on top 13-7 with three minute still to play in the first quarter.
Gibson County finished the frame on an 11-2 run. Heather Butler ignited the run with consecutive 3-pointers, part of her 28-point performance. Aubrey Reedy had five points in the spree. After a quarter, Gibson County led 18-15.
In addition to tired legs, West-view struggled against Gibson County's pressure and physical play. In a low-scoring second stanza, Butler pitched in seven to key the Lady Pioneers' 29-21 halftime lead.
Mid way through the third, WHS cut the gap to four, 31-27, on a Caitlin Campbell layup, but the Pioneers ended the quarter on a 13-3 run for a 44-30 edge.
Things snowballed for the Lady Chargers in the fourth as the Pioneers pulled away for the 74-50 victory and the crown.
District 13-AA Tournament
Feb. 21 at Dyer
Westview (50) — Amber Rechis 29, Grace Ann Swaim 8, Breanna Pitcher 5, Sara Olds 3, Jacey Sims 2, Caitlin Campbell 2, Bryelle White 1.
Gibson County (74) — Heather Butler 28, Aubrey Reedy 21, Heather Griffin 10, Brittany Garner 5, Megan Porter 2, Courtney Haynes 2, Kelly Tyree 2, Chelsea Joyce 2, Jeniqua Jennings 1, Erica Schlesinger 1.
3-pointers: Westview — Rechis (5), Olds, Pitcher; Gibson County — Butler (5).
Records: Westview 27-4, Gibson County 28-0.