By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times
Samuel Butler knocked down a pair of free throws with no time left on the clock on Monday night to lead the homestanding Wolverines of East Webster High School to a dramatic 48-47 win over Tupelo Christian Preparatory School in a game that may not have resembled a beauty pageant, but it was a win.
“We led the whole game,” said EW head boys basketball coach Corey Stidham. “We got up eight or 10 points late in the game and instead of us finishing them off we let them get back into it.”
The Wolverines also took a 61-47 win over homestanding Vardaman last Friday to make them 4-1 on the season. The Lady Wolverines defeated Vardaman 53-33 and TCPS 48-29 to also improve to 4-1.
Both teams are off for the Thanksgiving holidays before visiting Houston on Tuesday. They will then travel to West Union on Friday, before taking part in the Choctaw County High School Tournament Dec. 12-13 in Ackerman.
In Monday night’s boys game Tupelo Christian actually took a 47-46 lead with 4.8 seconds left. EW called time out, then advanced the ball to mid-court and called another time out to set up one final play.
“We got him (Butler) the basketball and he shot a floater and their big guy came down on top of him,” Stidham said. “He’s only missed a couple free throws all year, so we felt pretty good about it.”
Butler led the Wolverines with 18 points, while Tanner Pritchard had eight, and Malcolm Jones and Brock Flemings seven each.
After struggling in the first half and holding a slim 24-21 lead against Vardaman, the Wolverines began to break through the Rams’ pressure defense as they rolled to the 14-point win. Butler pumped in 28 points to lead EW in that game, while Pritchard had 17 and Flemings 16.
Although they were a little sluggish at the beginning of the Vardaman game, the Lady Wolverines had little trouble picking up both of their wins.
Vardaman held a 7-6 first quarter lead for EW, but the winners outscored the Lady Rams 15-8 in the second quarter and 20-11 in the third to take control of the contest.
“The second and third quarters we started getting a little looser and relaxed a little bit,” said East Webster first-year head girls coach Todd Hutchinson. “We kind of finished it out from there.”
Quantesha Patterson led the Lady Wolverines with 24 points, while Lynesha McCurry scored 12 and Mamie Hollenhead had eight.
The Lady Wolverines led 31-7 at the half against Tupelo Christian, allowing Hutchinson to empty his bench in the second half.
Patterson had 15 to pace EW, while senior Kentrina McCurry tossed in 11.