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Lady Trojans struggle late, fall to Westview 52-34

Monday, December 3, 2012

Lady Trojan head coach Randy Coffman talks strategy at the end of the first quarter, one Dyersburg led 11-6.
MARTIN -- Dyersburg head coach Randy Coffman knew his Lady Trojan squad faced a tough task on Friday when traveling to Westview to face the much-improved Lady Chargers.

Last season Dyersburg won two lopsided contests over Westview, but with a much-improved and experienced Lady Charger team playing at home, the Lady Trojans had to be firing on all cylinders to pull off the upset.

Unfortunately for Dyersburg, despite playing very well defensively for the majority of the contest, the seasoned Westview squad was too much for the Lady Trojans over the final two quarters.

Dyersburg's Kimbrelle Tate drives to the basket after a steal in the first half against Westview.
The end result was a 52-34 Westview win in a game Dyersburg trailed 20-18 at the half. A strong spurt to start both the third and fourth quarters by the Lady Chargers was simply too much for the Lady Trojans to overcome according to Coffman afterward.

"Our kids played extremely hard tonight, especially defensively, but we just couldn't make anything when we really needed it and that's something we have got to get better at," said Coffman. "Our defense kept us in it, but Westview's experience down the stretch and those runs in both quarters paid off, so give them credit."

Dyersburg (2-2, 1-1) opened the game on a 5-0 run after a basket in transition from Chari Swift and a 3-pointer from teammate Myah Taylor. Though Westview answered with a basket and free throws from Kendall Leyhue, the Lady Trojans scored the final four points of the quarter. A stick-back from Swift and a drive to the basket after a steal from Kimbrelle Tate lifted Dyersburg in front 11-6 at the end of the quarter.

In the second, the Lady Trojans played well enough to up the advantage to 14-7 with seven minutes to play before Westview mounted a charge and began to make the most of its opportunities.

The end result to close the half was an 8-0 Westview run as Dyersburg failed to score over the final 3:30 of the first half. The Lady Chargers took their first lead of the game with 10 ticks left in the half on a drive to the basket from Katelyn Luthi.

"That last few minutes really hurt us. Once again we couldn't make a shot or even make any free throws," said Coffman. "Against a team like Westview you can't do those type of things and expect to win."

Things went from bad to worse for Dyersburg to start the second half as turnovers and missed opportunities allowed the Lady Chargers to pounce. The result was a 9-0 run over the first three minutes of the period before Taylor drained a 3-pointer from deep in the left corner.

Minutes later Taylor brought the Lady Trojans to within seven, before Katrina Shaw had a huge stick-back to trim the deficit to 31-26. Dyersburg closed out the period on a 9-4 run, capped off when Swift scored in the paint to make it 33-30 with Westview leading and one quarter to play.

Unfortunately for Dyersburg, the final quarter began exactly like the third after Kenya Jordan drained a lengthy 3-pointer to knot the game at 33-33. Over the next three minutes, the wheels fell off for the Lady Trojans as Westview sprinted out on a 13-0 run, one Dyersburg wasn't able to overcome.

"We just made too many mistakes and didn't do much of anything offensively during several key minutes of the game," added Coffman. "I saw some good things out there, but also a lot we have to work on in order to get better."

Taylor led Dyersburg with 16 points, while Swift finished with eight.

Things don't get any easier on Tuesday for the Lady Trojans when the team travels to Troy to face Obion County, a team that finished runner-up at the state tournament last season.

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