Foul trouble, Choctaws' hectic pace hinder Westview's chances in final
Stephanie Sturgis - Press Sports Editor
With Davell Lloyd riding the pine for huge chunks of time in both halves, Dyer County wore down the Westview guards and earned a 75-67 victory to take the title in the District 13-AA Tournament championship game Monday night in Dyer.
"To beat a team like Dyer County, you've got to do a lot of things right. With our foul trouble, we just couldn't get going," said Westview head coach Brian Haskins, who was named the District 13-AA Coach of the Year after the game. "Still, I'm proud of the way we fought back. Our kids don't give up."
For their Region 7-AA opener, the Chargers will host the winner of Tuesday night's Haywood/Fayette-Ware consolation game. Tipoff for the regional game is set for 7 p.m. on Friday.
With 4:38 left in the first quarter, Davell Lloyd was whistled for his second foul. The two resulting free throws gave Dyer County an 11-8 lead. Westview struggled from 3-point range and trailed 17-13 after one quarter.
In the second frame, DC dominated the boards repeatedly gaining second chance points. The Choctaw lead stretched to a dozen, 34-20, on a Cedarius Taylor 4-footer with 1:54 left in the first half. By halftime, Westview had whittled the gap back to nine, 37-28.
In the third frame, the Chargers found the range from behind the arc. Jacob Lloyd and Dillon Gardner each nailed a pair of treys as WHS cut its deficit to six on several occasions, but each time Dyer County answered.
Heading into the fourth, WHS trailed 57-48. In the final stanza, Dyer County led by as many as 14 before taking the 75-67 win.
District 13-AA Tournament
Feb. 23 at Dyer
Westview (67) — Jacob Lloyd 29, Davell Lloyd 12, Cameron Boyd 9, Dillon Gardner 9, Will Thompson 6, Reid Cates 2.
Dyer County (75) — Rex Pierce 22, C.J. Crittendon 16, Cedrick Jones 14, Fred Yarbrough 13, Justin Williamson 2, Donnie Nelson 2, Cedarius Taylor 2, John Hudson 2, Jon Roberts 2.
3-pointers: Westview — J. Lloyd (3), D. Gardner (3); Dyer County — Crittendon, Pierce, Yarbrough.
Records: Westview 24-7, Dyer County 30-1.