By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times
With one of their main contributors out due to sickness, the remaining Lady Wolverines of East Webster bonded together to take a 58-51 win over visiting Riverside on Monday night and earn a spot in the MHSAA Class 2A North State Girls Basketball tournament.
The Lady Wolverines open play in the eight-team event on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. against host Coahoma AHS in the quarterfinals. A win will put EW into the semifinals on Friday against the winner of Thursday’s match-up between Eupora and New Site. The finals are set for 7 p.m. on Saturday. The two teams who reach the finals will advance to the MHSAA Class 2A State Basketball Tournament which begins at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson on March 7.
Lynesha McCurry, a 5-foot-11 junior who is counted on to provide some scoring and rebounding for the Lady Wolverines, had to go home from school on Monday due to illness and wasn’t available to play.
“I think we played a little tight, knowing she wasn’t there, but the girls fought through it and were able to get the win,” said EW head girls coach Todd Hutchinson.
The Lady Wolverines, who are now 23-6 on the season, led by 11 at the end of three quarters of play and led by as many as 14 in the fourth quarter before Riverside began to chip away.
Quantesha Patterson scored 31 points to lead East Webster, while Mamie Hollenhead tossed in 10.
The Lady Wolverines finished second in the Region 4-2A Tournament, beating Okolona 48-31 on Thursday, before falling to Calhoun City 58-44 in the championship game.
“They really got after us,” Hutchinson said of the loss to CCHS. “We were in the game late and it was 42-37 early in the fourth quarter, but we missed a bucket and they made one and we just couldn’t really challenge after that.”
Patterson scored 15 points for East Webster in the game against Okolona, while Hollenhead hit for 10.
McCurry was back in school on Wednesday and was expected to be able to play against Coahoma AHS. “We are just going to try and build her strength back up and see what she can do,” Hutchinson said.