By Austin Bishop
Webster Progress Times
The Lady Wolverines moved a step closer to clinching second place in the region with a solid 66-37 home win over county rival Eupora on Tuesday night.
East Webster, now 17-4 on the season, led 19-7 after one quarter of play and was up 35-15 at the half.
The Wolverines and Lady Wolverines are set to visit Tupelo Christian Prep on Friday, before the East Webster Girls travel to Pontotoc on Saturday to face Belmont at 2 p.m. in the Roberts Challenge.
“We put some pressure on them and jumped out to a pretty early lead,” said EW head coach Todd Hutchinson of the win over Eupora.
Junior forward Quantesha Patterson pumped in 19 points to lead East Webster, while Lynesha McCurry hit for 17 and Mamie Hollenhead added 10.
The Lady Wolverines played Class 6A Starkville High School tough for two-and-a-half quarters before the Lady Yellowjackets’ team quickness began to take its toll on EW in a game played Saturday in the Mid-Mississippi Challenge in Ackerman.
“They are just really quick and athletic,” Hutchinson said. “It was 32-22 at the half and then we got it down to about five or seven in the third quarter before they hit a couple threes and pushed it out to 15 points pretty quickly.”
Patterson scored 15 for EW in the game, while Hollenhead added seven.
Patterson scored 29 and Hollenhead scored 10 in a 54-36 district win over Bruce on Friday night. The Lady Wolverines led 27-17 at the half.
“We played a lot of kids throughout the game,” Hutchinson said. “We finally outscored them 21-10 late in the game to pull away.”
East Webster suffered its only region loss of the season last Tuesday when Calhoun City took a 53-52 win over the visiting Lady Wolverines. EW had a potential game winning shot roll off the rim at the buzzer.
“It was back and fourth the whole game, which was the way it should have been,” Hutchinson said. “They have some really good athletes and it was a good game.
“We made 28 turnovers, which is a lot,” he said. “We either turned it over or we scored.”
Patterson scored 23 for EW, while Kentrina McCurry had 17.
The East Webster boys lost a trio of region games, although they are showing improvement as the regular season draws to a close.
The Wolverines fell to league-leading Calhoun City 79-62, lost to Bruce 59-55 and were defeated by Eupora 49-39.
East Webster and Eupora were tied 27-27 after three quarters of play and the Wolverines took a two-point lead early in the fourth quarter, before the Eagles came up with a couple steals to take the lead, then made free throws down the stretch to ice the win.
“They hit the big shots and we didn’t,” said East Webster head boys coach Corey Stidham. “We played hard, we just didn’t execute and didn’t make shots like we needed too.”
Derek Jones and Malcolm Jones scored 13 points to lead East Webster while Samuel Butler scored 10.
East Webster played Bruce tight on Friday night, but couldn’t quite take the lead in a 59-55 loss.
“They are huge,” Stidham said of the Trojans. “They had a couple boys who were 6-3, were big and strong and who could jump out of the gym.
“We could get it close but couldn’t quite get the game tied or get over the top,” he said.
Butler scored 22 for the Wolverines, while Luke Wilson had 10 and Tanner Pritchard eight.
Malcolm Jones scored 22 and Butler 20 in the loss to Calhoun City.