By Rocky Higginbotham
Webster Progress Times
Both East Webster basketball teams finished up regular-season action last week, with the ladies earning their 20th victory of the season and the guys winning all three of their contests.
The Wolverines started the week with a 47-35 win over Kirk Academy on Monday, then they drilled Bruce 72-45 Tuesday before finishing up with a 67-38 win over Eupora Friday night. Those three wins lifted the East Webster boys to 18-8 on the season.
The Lady Wolverines, meanwhile, fell 63-42 to Kirk, hammered Bruce 51-15 and lost 57-54 to Eupora. They are now 20-7 on the season.
Both teams are in the Region 4-2A Tournament at Calhoun City this week.
The Wolverines were to take on Bruce Tuesday night and will need a win to advance to the state playoffs which begin next week. A loss Tuesday would end their season, but a win moves them into a semifinal game on Thursday at 5:30 against Okolona.
The boys’ championship game is Friday at 8:30, with the consolation game set for 5:30.
The Lady Wolverines, meanwhile, are the No. 1 seed and have already earned a berth in next week’s playoffs. East Webster’s girls received a bye in the district tourney and will take on the Eupora-Bruce winner Thursday night at 7 in semifinal action. The girls’ championship game is set for 7 p.m., Friday, with the consolation game at 4.
Last Monday at Kirk, the Wolverines used a solid defensive effort and built a 26-22 lead in the first half — then outscored the hosts in each of the third and fourth quarters to get the win.
Isaac Patterson had 15 points and five rebounds; Charlie Brand scored 12 points to go with four steals and two blocked shots; and Keevon Patterson had 10 points and five boards.
The girls were not as fortunate against the No. 1 ranked, Class AAA private school team in the state, falling behind 37-25 in the first half and getting outscored in all four quarters.
East Webster coach Michael Seger called Kirk — which is 29-3 overall and features 6-foot-2 Delta State signee Raven Johnson — “easily the best team we’ve faced this year.”
Adryana Bell led the Lady Wolverines with 19 points, seven rebounds and three steals and Jennah Pate had eight points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. MariTodd Brown, Kadasha Bryant and Isha Patterson all scored five points, with Bryant also picking three steals.
Both teams rolled to easy wins at Bruce on Tuesday.
In the boys’ game, Brand led a balanced scoring attack with 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists. John Carpenter scored 11 points; Isaac Patterson had nine points and three blocked shots; Luke Wilson had nine points and five rebounds; and Art Thompson scored eight points.
In the girls’ game, Adryana Bell had 18 points, 16 rebounds and three steals and Pate had 17 points, five boards and four steals. Brown chipped in five points, Bryant had five steals, Mariah Bell and Jaden Johnson had four steals each; and Coy Jennings had five rebounds.