By Austin Bishop Webster Progress-Times
The only thing standing between East Webster and a trip to the MHSAA Class 2A South State Girls Tournament at Scott Central this weekend were the Lady Rebels of Richton.
They didn’t stand there long.
The homestanding Lady Wolverines used a 20-point first-half performance by Quantesha Patterson to build up a 36-18 lead at the intermission and rolled to a convincing 61-38 win over Richton in Monday night’s South State play-in game at Mathiston.
The Lady Wolverines now join seven other top teams at Scott Central High School beginning on Thursday. East Webster takes on host Scott Central at 7 p.m. in the third game of the night. A win would push the Lady Wolverines into Friday’s 7:30 p.m. semifinals against Thursday night’s Bassfield-Bay Springs winner.
Other teams in the tournament are Pisgah, Lake, Taylorsville and Amite County. Only the two teams who reach the finals of the eight team event will advance to the MHSAA Class 2A State Tournament at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.
Mamie Hollenhead used a trio of three-pointers to score nine points on the night for the winners, while Katesa Dear tossed in seven. The Lady Wolverines finished second in last week’s region tournament held in Madison, dropping a tough 55-46 overtime loss to the Lady Dragons of PIsgah.
The game was tied at 40-40 after regulation play, but Pisgah outscored EW 15-6 in the overtime period to take the tourney championship. However, East Webster earned the right to host a first- round playoff game by finishing second and took advantage of the opportunity with the big win over Richton on Monday night.
The East Webster boys saw their season come to an end on Tuesday night when homestanding Bay Springs took a 78-37 win in the play-in round of the MHSAA Class 2A South State Tournament. Malik Jones scored 12 points to lead East Webster in the game.