By DAVID VANTRESS
THE GOSHEN NEWS
A young Westview girls basketball team learned the hard way Friday night that you don’t want to dig yourself a big early hole on the road.
That’s what the Warriors did, but they were able to shake off the early struggles and battle back for a 55-52 win to improve to 2-0 on the young 2013-14 campaign.
It was the kind of quality win on the road — and gutsy, come-from-behind performance — that Westview coach Randy Yoder sees as a sign the Warriors are maturing.
“We made some runs, but Memorial was able to hold us off,” Yoder said. “Last year, we maybe would have folded. But not tonight. I’m proud of the girls.”
Memorial (0-3) jumped out to a 15-3 lead in the opening four minutes, but the Warriors were able to weather that early surge. Westview responded with a quick 8-0 burst to cut the Charger advantage to 15-11.
Memorial led 21-13 at the first stop and surged out to another double-digit lead at 35-23 midway through the second stanza. The Warriors trailed 36-28 at intermission.
Westview made a run in the third, opening with a 7-1 spurt to cut the Charger lead to a bucket at 37-35.
Memorial appeared to hold off the Westview rally briefly and got back out to a six-point lead at 43-37 with time waning in the third. But a Brooke Yoder 3-ball in the closing seconds halved the Charger advantage and left the Warriors within striking distance at 43-40 with eight pivotal moments to play.
Another Yoder trifecta finally got the Warriors even with the Chargers at 45 at the 6:07 mark of the fourth.
But an Alexis Miller 3-pointer put the Chargers right back on top by three.
The Chargers got back out to a five-point lead at 50-45 with just under five minutes to play, but it was another Yoder trey getting the Warriors back in business at 50-48 with 3:50 remaining in regulation.
With 2:18 left, it was Grace Hales drawing a foul on a strong move to the basket and draining both free throws to re-knot the contest at 50.
And then after a Warrior defensive stop, it was Yoder draining her fourth 3-pointer of the second half to give the Warriors their first lead since the opening seconds of the game at 53-50.
Memorial got a bucket from Andreana Jones just inside the 1-minute mark to close to within one at 53-52, then got a stop and a quick time out with 31.1 seconds left to set up a potential game-winning possession. But the Chargers could not get a shot to fall in three tries, and the Warriors got the ball into the hands of Hales, one of their more sure-handed foul shooters.
Hales sank both charity tosses, and the Chargers were unable to get a good look at a possible game-tying 3-pointer.
Brooke Yoder, who ended up with 15 points — all on trifectas — said it was a matter of battling through the early struggles and waiting for shots to fall.
That’s something all good shooters end up having to learn at some point.
“Our communication is a lot better this year, and we pick each other up when we’re down,” Yoder said. “That’s making a big difference so far.
Hales had 19 points to lead the Warrior scorers and Maria McCoy added 12.
Khadijah Moore had 25 points to lead all scorers for Memorial.
The Chargers were a 44-26 winner in the J.V. contest. Sirerra Kimmell led the J.V. Warriors with nine points.
Westview has a quick turnaround with a home game against Goshen tonight. Varsity tipoff is slated for approximately 7:30 p.m.
Memorial is idle until Dec. 3 when the Chargers will host South Bend Adams.