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Westview battles past Southridge 61-56 in overtime on Tuesday


ROCK CREEK — Westview had its chances.

Southridge had its chances.

But in the end, it was the Wildcat boys basketball team that made the most of its opportunities, outscoring the Skyhawks 9-4 in overtime to post a key 61-56 Metro League victory at Westview High School on Tuesday night.

The win lifted Westview’s early league record to 2-1 (9-7 overall), good for a second-place tie with Sunset and just one game behind league-leading Jesuit.by: MILES VANCE - IN TRAFFIC - Westview's Dyrall Goods goes up between (from left) Southridge defenders Caleb Herzberg, AJ Monterossi and Justin Calo during the Wildcats' 61-56 overtime win on Tuesday night.

“It’s a huge win,” said Westview senior guard Dyrall Goods, who led his team with 15 points. “I feel like this game shows we’re not afraid of the Southridges or Sunsets. I feel like tonight was an extra boost of confidence to let us know we can do it.”

For the Skyhawks, coming off a big win over Sunset on Friday, Tuesday’s result was a tough pill to swallow. Southridge fell to 1-2 in Metro play with the loss, and 8-8 overall.

“It was poise. We just kind of rushed at the end,” said Southridge junior guard AJ Monterossi, who had 10 points in the loss.

“Finishing the game, that was the bottom line,” added Southridge senior guard Caleb Herzberg, who led all scorers with 22 points.

The two teams took turns trading shots and the lead for much of Tuesday’s game, with Westview’s Isiah Denson scoring seven first-quarter points to help his team grab a 15-11 lead, while Caleb Dozier answered with five for Southridge.by: MILES VANCE - SURROUNDED - Southridge senior Kevin McClean looks for room to shoot while defended by Westview's Isiah Denson (left) and Mitch McConnell during the Skyhawks' 61-56 Metro League overtime loss to the Wildcats at Westview High School on Tuesday night.

Westview stretched its lead as far as 24-15 in the second quarter when Julian Ford made and steal and scored on a breakaway with 4:51 to go in the half.

But the Wildcats couldn’t hold that lead. Southridge closed the half on a 10-3 run highlighted by five straight Herzberg points, two Monterossi foul shots and a Dozier three-pointer that cut the gap to 27-25 with 43 seconds left in the half.

Things got even tighter in the second half, with neither team leading by more than three points in the third quarter, and Herzberg pouring in 10 points to help his team grab a 41-39 lead heading into the fourth.

The Skyhawks appeared to take over in the fourth quarter, opening the period on a 10-4 run and pulling ahead 51-43 when Monterossi made a steal and fed Herzberg for a fastbreak hoop with 3:04 left in the frame.

This time, it was Westview’s turn to rally from behind, getting a three-point play from Goods, a putback by Carrick, and than another putback by Goods to close within 51-50 with 34 second remaining.

Herzberg hit one foul shot with 12 seconds to go, but Goods answered with two free throws with four seconds left to tie it at 52-52, and Dozier’s open three-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark.

“I missed the second shot of a one-and-one, which is really rare, and I’ve been beating myself up about it,” Herzberg said. “They came down, we fouled them, they made both their shots — it’s just finishing the game.”

Westview then did just that in overtime — it finished off the game and the Skyhawks.

Goods hit a hanging jumpshot in the lane with two defenders draped all over him for a 54-52 lead, and after a Southridge turnover, Carrick hit a foul shot to make it 55-52 with 1:24 left in OT.

Kevin McClean responded with two free throws for Southridge, and Carrick and Monterossi followed suit, each hitting twice at the line to leave Westview’s lead at 57-56 with 34 seconds to go.

Westview then turned the ball over on its next possession when Southridge trapped Ben Larson and he lost the ball out of bounds, but Dozier had his shot blocked by Carrick at the other end, and Trent Glasgow hit two foul shots to push the Cats’ lead to 59-56 with 20 seconds left.

Southridge then sealed its own fate when it turned the ball over on each of the next two possessions, first when Herzberg stepped out of bounds in the corner trying to set up for a three-pointer, and second when Monterossi’s pass was picked off by Carrick in the final seconds. Carrick then added two more free throws with .9 left on the clock.

“It was momentum,” Carrick explained. “Going into overtime, we had a lot of momentum and we carried it to a victory. We made our free throws, came through in the clutch.”

“We stuck with it in the fourth quarter and you saw what we could do at the end of the game,” Goods added. “This is huge.”

“We’ll get them next time,” Monterossi said. “W’eve just got to practice like we want to play. We’ve just got to get back on it.”

For the game, Goods went just 6-of-20 from the field and 3-of-3 at the line, but knocked down five of his last 10 shots from the floor and also made four steals. Carrick hit 4-of-10 shots from the field and 5-of-6 free throws.

For Southridge, Herzberg went 7-of-13 from the field (including three three-pointers) and 5-of-6 at the line, as well as making four steals. The Skyhawks turned the ball over 22 times while the Wildcats made 18 TOs.

To see a complete photo gallery from this game, please go to milesvance.exposuremanager.com.




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