BY JIM STEELE
MURFREESBORO (March 12) – Perhaps this game didn’t have the same drama as the last Westview state basketball championship, but it was just as sweet to those clad in blue and gold.
The Lady Chargers broke open a close game in the fourth quarter and defeated York Institute 47-37 to claim the TSSAA 2A girls state basketball crown. It marked the second basketball title in school history. Westview beat Livingston Academy in 1996 for its first gold ball.
The white knuckles were evident on both sides of the floor. The Lady Dragons closed within four three times in the first 3:30 of the fourth quarter, but could draw no closer.
Westview cringed to a 34-30 lead at the 4:30 mark when it rallied for a 7-0 run and 41-30 advantage. Jada Harrison and McCall Sims led the surge that essentially pushed victory out of York’s grasp.
The two teams played swap-out for the next three minutes.
Westview opened the game with a 16-7 lead after one, then inflated the cushion to 10 at the half, 23-13. The Lady Dragons outpaced Westview in the third 8-4. The Lady Chargers led 27-21.
Gabrielle Beaty led York with 20 points. York finished with a 29-6 record.
Sims led Westview with 22 points, Harrison had 15 points and six rebounds. Angelina Barr pulled down eight boards for Westview, 32-2.
Barr, Sims, Kylee Alexander and Harrison made the all-tournament team. Harrison was recognized as tourney MVP.