Total team effort powers West Chester East to win in PIAA opener

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West Chester East
(Credit: Alex Fischbein/Basketball Society)

Take a second and imagine that you’re playing Frogger. Then, imagine that you get hit by the truck crossing the street right in the beginning. Now, imagine West Chester East as the truck and Gettysburg as the frog.

Right from tip-off, the Vikings put the pedal to the metal, jumped out to a big lead, and never looked back. First, the score was 7-0, then by the end of the first quarter, it was 19-8. Seniors Andrew Carr and Tym Richardson combined for 16 of the team’s 19 points in the quarter and the West Chester East crowd was engaged right away.

Tym Richardson
Senior Tym Richardson shoots free throws against Gettysburg in the opening round of the PIAA State Tournament. (Credit: Alex Fischbein/Basketball Society)

During the second quarter, more Vikings players stepped up and hit shots. Destined McCray got to the line and Kieran Hefferan hit two threes from the corner. All of this amounted to a 12-point quarter which put them up 31-15 at halftime.

It was wire-to-wire domination by West Chester East. A 14-point quarter was up next with Hefferan and Jack Kushner chipping in on top of Carr’s scoring.

The team was focused and excited the whole way through. They came out looking determined to make a statement and that’s exactly what happened. One way to depict that statement was a nasty one-handed jam by none other than Andrew Carr in the first half.

Quadir Copeland and Gettysburg didn’t just give up. Copeland was the sole silver lining for the team throughout the entire game. He was able to pour in 17 points with a variety of step backs, mid-range jumpers, and moves through the lane.

In the end, the Vikings were way too much for Gettysburg to handle. Their zone on defense suffocated Gettysburg and forced them into lots of bad shots and turnovers. The only reason they gave up 33 points was that they found themselves in foul trouble in the fourth quarter and sent Gettysburg to the line multiple times.

Andrew Carr finished with 18 points as Tym Richardson and Kieran Hefferan put up 13 each. The Vikings will face Pottsville, the second seed from District 11, in the second round.

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