The Westview Chargers showed no signs of playing an overtime game the night before as they got off to a fast start and finished strong in defeating South Gibson Friday night 70-52 in a District 13-AA game.
On Thursday night Westview (15-4, 3-0) came from 17 points behind to defeat Memphis Ridgeway team in overtime as part of the Penny Hardaway Classic.
Westview jumped out to a 19-8 lead at the end of the first quarter as six players scored. An 11-2 run in the middle of the quarter was sparked by a strong defensive effort forcing turnovers that led to easy baskets.
Freshman guard Matt McMillan, who is the son of UT Martin women’s coach Kevin McMillan, came off the bench to lead the Chargers in scoring with 17 points for the game, and 15 of those came from deep behind the 3-point line. McMillan had a strong performance on defense as well as he helped to hold South Gibson’s Logan Dyess to seven points on the night and two of them in the second half.
“Matt gave us a spark tonight in leading us in scoring, and he guarded the best shooter on their team and shut him down,” said Westview coach J. B. Suiter. “He is a great shooter and is a special talent.”
McMillan’s scoring was needed as Westview’s big man, Justin Johnson, spent most of the night on the bench in foul trouble. Johnson picked up his fourth foul with five minutes remaining in the second quarter. Johnson finished with seven points and four rebounds.
“I am new to this role, but my teammates just told me to shoot so I did and I was making my shots,” said McMillan about his big shooting night. “I was feeling it, and it was really fun tonight.”
The Hornets, led by seniors Tristan Anthony and Cody Cox, made a run at the Chargers in the second quarter and cut the lead to six points at halftime. Anthony and Cox had six points each in the second quarter.
Westview came out strong in the third quarter and stretched its lead to 14 points and would not allow South Gibson to get any closer than 12 points the rest of the game.
“A night like tonight really shows our depth as we had some players get in early foul trouble, but the players off the bench responded and played well,” stated Suiter. “Tonight is a testament to the closeness of this team.”
South Gibson (11-6, 1-2) was led by Anthony with 18 points, and Cox with nine points and six rebounds. Jordan Cobb added nine points to the Hornets’ effort.
B.J. White and Zavion Wright contributed 13 points each to the Chargers’ win.
Westview 53, South Gibson 38
In the first game of the night the Lady Chargers held off a rally by South Gibson in the middle of the fourth quarter to win.
Westview used a trapping defense to force early turnovers by the Lady Hornets that led to open shots and an early lead they never relinquished.
Westview was led by the 3-point shooting of Lydia Prichett who scored 17 point and the penetrating drives of Tasia Jones, who added 12.
South Gibson was led by post player Hope Neyman with 20 points.