By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times
Veteran East Webster High School head boys basketball coach Corey Stidham knows full well that his Wolverines may run across some teams more talented than they are, but that’s where he says attitude and determination will need to step in.
“Our strengths are that we are going to be gritty and tough,” Stidham said of his team, which has gotten off to a 2-1 start to the season. “We are going to be small and we’re not overly athletic, but they will get in there and play hard and get after you.
“We will have to do the little things to win ball games,” Stidham said. “We need to score around the basket, rebound and play defense.”
Injuries, an ineligible player and a sudden transfer have left the Wolverines a little short-handed as the season begins, but Stidham said his team is at least eight players deep and looks for even more to contribute as they gain experience.
Derek Jones will be running the point for East Webster most of the time this season, with Samuel Butler at the two guard and Malcolm Jones at the three. Playing down low for EW will be Tanner Pritchard and Brock Flemings. Adding some depth are Jack Wilson, Monterius Davis and Luke Wilson.
The Wolverines opened their season in fine fashion on Nov. 12 when Jones penetrated the lane and dished the ball off to Flemings for a basket and a dramatic 61-60 win over visiting Montgomery County.
“We were down 14 or 15 points in the third quarter and just got on a run,” Stidham said.
Butler led the winners with 22 points, while Flemings had 13 and Jones and Payton Cosby scored 10 points each. Butler tossed in 16 points on Saturday as East Webster led throughout to take a 57-33 win over homestanding Ethel. Jones scored 12 and Flemings added 11 for EW.
Winona’s athleticism and pressure defense was a little too much for the Wolverines on Tuesday night, as they dropped a 66-29 decision. Jones led East Webster with 17 points.
The Wolverines pay a visit to Vardaman on Friday, before hosting Tupelo Christian on Monday at Wood Junior College.