LeFever hit two three-pointers and added a lay-up followed by a free throw to complete the old fashion three-point play. The Eagles trailed 16-13 at the end of one period.
With LeFever on the bench with two fouls the Eagles couldn’t get much going in the second quarter. The Warrior defense gave the Eagles trouble down low as they double-teamed Tyler Arrowsmith and Kyle Mathewson. Westview junior Justin Jantzi gave Churubusco all they could handle as he was hitting from any spot on the floor as Westview took a 27-19 lead into the locker rooms.
“They are a very good team and that Jantzi kid is really tough,” commented Coach Michael McBride. “We really worked our tails off trying to take him out of the game and he still scored 22 points.”
In the second half the Warriors came out with a 13-5 run to extend their lead to 40-24 at the halfway point in the third period. The Eagles weren’t finished just yet. With Mathewson leading the way the Eagles pulled to within five points at 40-35. Arrowsmith contributed with four free throws during the stretch and went 8-11 on the night from the charity stripe. The Eagles were unable to get any closer as the Warriors led 47-37 at the end of three quarters.
Westview held the Eagles at bay in the final period as they continued their double-digit lead throughout the final quarter on their way to a 60-48 win.
“When we got down by 13 early in the third we responded well and brought it back to a five-point deficit. We can’t get in that big of a hole, especially on the road in an atmosphere like this,” said Coach McBride.
The Eagles will return home Saturday against West Noble and Tuesday against Manchester.