By Rocky Higginbotham
Just as they did the first time they met on the hardwood this season, the basketball teams from East Webster and Eupora split a pair of hotly-contested matchups last Friday night.
But there were two aspects about the rematch which were very different from the first time around:
One: This time, there was a blowout involved; and Two: Both teams which lost the original contests won the rematch.
Eupora’s girls outlasted East Webster 57-54 in a classic showdown between stars Adryana Bell and Jabrieya Morton; but the East Webster boys rolled to an easy 67-38 victory.
“We were extremely proud of our girls to go into East Webster and get a win on their Senior Night after they had beaten us at home,” Eupora coach Danya Turner said after his Lady Eagles improved to 11-9 on the season.
They did so behind a 31-point, 16-rebound, three-steal, four-block effort from the 6-foot-6 Morton, who was 13-of-18 from the field.
“Eupora played extremely well,” East Webster coach Michael Seger said. “They got the game at the tempo they wanted. Morton was dominant inside and we didn’t do a good job of challenging her.”
Bell went off, as well, going for 33 points, 15 rebounds and three steals just a couple of days before she was to sign with Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Haley Farley contributed 13 points and four steals in the win for the Lady Eagles, while Jasmine Gary had seven points and four assists and Haylee McCrory five points and eight assists.
The Lady Wolverines, who fell to 20-7, also got 10 points, 10 rebounds and three steals from Jennah Pate and seven rebounds and six steals from Mariah Bell. Isha Patterson chipped in five points and five rebounds, MariTodd Brown had three assists and Kadasha Bryant had three assists and three steals.
In the boys’ contest, East Webster opened the game with a 19-6 run, led 37-20 at halftime and 56-28 after three quarters of play.
“We played extremely well this week,” Seger said. “It’s been a weird week due to sickness, but our guys toughed it out at Senior Night for our three seniors.
“Brennan Tomlinson, Luke Wilson and John Carpenter have been huge contributors for us this season … it was great to cap off the regular season with a win against rival Eupora.”
Charlie Brand pumped in 26 points and also handed out five assists, while Carpenter scored 12 points for the Wolverines, who improved to 18-8.
Keevon Patterson scored 10 points and had three assists; Isaac Patterson scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds; Art Thompson chipped in five points; and Tomlinson grabbed six rebounds.
Kaylend Coffey scored 17 points and Jarren Patterson chipped in seven for the Eagles, who slipped to 11-11.