By Rocky Higginbotham
Webster Progress TImes
A year ago, Calhoun City topped East Webster to claim the Region 4-2A Tournament championship.
Last Friday night, there was no way Adryana Bell and the Lady Wolverines were about to let that happen again.
Bell, the recent Northeast Mississippi Community College signee, erupted for 37 points and 16 rebounds and East Webster topped host Calhoun City 61-57 to claim the region championship.
“We knew they wouldn’t give up the title easily on their home floor,” East Webster coach Mike Seger said. “We felt we gave away the championship game in the final minutes last season, so we emphasized earning it and taking it this season.”
The win, which followed up a 20-point victory over Eupora in last Thursday’s semifinals, improved East Webster to 22-7 on the season. The Lady Wolverines were to face Strayhorn Monday night in an elimination game in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs.
A win Monday would send the Lady Wolverines into a second-round game Friday night at 7 against either Riverside or East Union.
East Webster’s boys are also in the playoffs this week after finishing fourth in the region tourney last week.
The Wolverines knocked off Bruce in an elimination game last Tuesday, fell to Okolona 81-55 in the semifinals Thursday and dropped a 56-55 decision to Eupora in the consolation game Friday.
East Webster’s boys, now 19-10, were to visit Coahoma County Tuesday night in a must-win playoff game. A victory there would send the Wolverines into a Saturday night matchup against either Riverside or Potts Camp at 7 p.m.
In the girls’ region championship last Friday night, Bell connected on 15-of-23 shots from the floor and also had six steals in addition to her 37 points and 16 boards.
Jennah Pate also double-doubled with 10 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots, while Kadasha Bryant and Isha Patterson scored six points apiece. Bryant added five steals and two blocks; Patterson had five boards, three steals and two blocks; and Mariah Bell had four steals.
In the semifinal win over Eupora last Thursday, East Webster outscored the Lady Eagles in all four quarters. The Lady Wolverines forced 36 turnovers and held 6-foot-6 post player Jabrieya Morton – who averaged 27 points per game in two previous meetings – to 16 points.
Adryana Bell had 28 points, 14 rebounds and five steals and Pate had 10 points and five rebounds in the win. Patterson scored seven points; Mariah Bell had seven rebounds; Bryant had seven assists; and MariTodd Brown had three steals.
East Webster’s boys opened the tournament with a gutsy win over Bruce, when Charlie Brand knocked down nine straight free throws in the fourth quarter and finished with 16 points.
Isaac Patterson added 11 points and 11 rebounds, John Carpenter had nine points and five boards and Art Thompson had six boards.
The Wolverines then fought hard to stay with powerhouse Okolona in the semis on Thursday, closing to within 11 early in the fourth quarter. Thompson had 15 points and Isaac Patterson had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Keevon Patterson chipped in nine points, Brennan Tomlinson scored five points and Carpenter had five rebounds and six assists.
The nip-and-tuck consolation game with Eupora, Seger said, was “everything you’d expect from the combined magnitude of a playoff game against a county rival.”
Brand connected on 6-of-10 shots from 3-point range and finished with 21 points, six rebounds and three assists. Luke Wilson scored 10 points, Isaac Patterson had eight points and 11 rebounds, Thompson scored eight points and Carpenter had five assists.