Despite facing a tall task, Dyersburg battled from start to finish. Unfortunately, a horrid night at the charity stripe that resulted in an 8-for-27 performance, as well as the inability to take care of the basketball, doomed the chances of the squad to break the three-game slide.
The end result was a 57-47 loss in a game that the Trojans committed 32 turnovers and at times just couldn't get the simplest of shots to fall. Despite the costly mistakes, the Trojans continued to battle throughout the contest, something that gave head coach Blaine Mahaffey hope that things are on the right track.
"I'm extremely proud of the effort of our kids, but I thought this was one of those nights that was just a tough go for them," said Mahaffey. "While we would like to be winning these games, I think we're ahead of where we were a year ago. The difference this year is just that the competition on our schedule is better, but I can see us getting better every night."
Against the Chargers, the Trojans didn't back down an inch. A solid effort defensively held Westview in check for the majority of the contest, but the inability to capitalize when the opportunity presented itself was a recipe for disaster for the youthful Trojan squad.
In the first quarter, one Westview led at the end of the period 13-12, Dyersburg was on top for the most part until an up -and-under at the buzzer from Westview's Parker Beale gave the Chargers a 1-point lead headed to the second.
While the Trojans played well during the opening eight minutes, to start the second quarter they couldn't do much right. Turnovers and missed shots throughout the first three minutes of the period prevented either squad from doing much offensively, but Dyersburg continued to hang around.
Midway through the period, Dyersburg's Charles Barbee knotted the game at 18-18 as the two squads continued to struggle to form any type of rhythm. After a 3-pointer from Westview put the Chargers on top 21-18 with 3:50 to play, the two squads went scoreless for nearly three minutes.
At the end of the half Dyersburg trailed by four, 25-21.
In the third quarter, Westview built a 10-point lead after a basket from Justin Johnson, and increased the advantage to 13 points when Tyquis Johnson drained a 3-pointer from the corner to make it 37-24 with 1:30 left in the period.
The Trojans outscored the Chargers 5-2 over the final minute of the third to cut the deficit to 39-28 with one quarter to play.
In the final period, Dyersburg got as close as two points after a jumper from freshman Cade Coffman with 5:40 to play. Unfortunately for the Trojans, the 2-point deficit was as close as they would come to pulling off the upset.
The Chargers were able to hold on to secure the 57-47 win.
Brice Williams led Dyersburg with 11 points, while teammate Jay Howard also finished in double figures with 10. Deyvon Pierce and Justin Thomas finished with 6 points each.
"We played hard and our kids have bought in to what we are trying to do," said Mahaffey. "We're getting better, and we just have to keep putting ourselves in a position to win. Sooner or later the shots will start falling and we'll do a better job of taking care of the ball. I like this team and I know better days are ahead because they're good kids and they want to win."