Wolverines drop Classic title games

By: 
ROBBIE FAULK
Staff Writer

Chances were there for the taking for the East Webster Wolverines on Saturday night but they couldn’t grab hold of them when needed.

In the championship game of the East Webster Christmas Classic, the Wolverines faced off against last year’s winner Louisville and went blow for blow with the Wildcats for four quarters. In the end, Louisville got the points and the stops when needed to keep East Webster from getting over the hump in the second half and they won the game 75-62.

“I thought we let them speed us up," Wolverine head coach Jon Ginn said. "There were times that if we would have slowed things down, we could have gotten some of the things we were looking for. We had some opportunities but we just couldn’t get them to go our way.”

East Webster had a big game from Keevon Patterson who threw in 25 points and had 14 points from Carrin Townsend in the loss. Both players hit shots that kept them in the game in the second half, but the Wildcats always seemed to have the counter punch.

As frustrating as the fourth quarter would become, the Wolverines couldn’t have started better.

East Webster raced out to a 15-6 lead in the first 4:30 minutes as it was blistering hot from the field at 6-for-8 and that prompted a timeout. It was out of that timeout that Louisville began to take hold of the game.

Heading into the second quarter, the Wildcats went on a 13-0 run and held the Wolverines scoreless for 5 minutes as they took the lead to 19-15. East Webster had missed eight-straight shots during that segment and it cost the Wolverines as they were down 39-33 at the half.

The lead never got closer than five points the rest of the game as Louisville had a 56-46 lead after three quarters and maintained a double-digit win.

“Louisville has a great team," Ginn said. "They’re very athletic and very well-coached. They didn’t hurt themselves. At the end when a lot of teams would have jacked up some shots, those guys ran offense and kept the ball away from us. My hats off to them.”

The Wolverines (10-6) are now set for Class 2A, Region 2 play next Friday as they host Calhoun City for a big early test in their district schedule.
 

Girls Game
South Pontotoc 44,
East Webster 37
 

For three quarters, the Lady Wolverines appeared to be well on their way to taking home the trophy in the championship game, but then South Pontotoc woke up on the offensive end.

After holding the hot-shooting Cougars to just 25 points in the first three quarters, East Webster lost a six-point lead in the fourth and gave up 19 points to drop to 11-5 for the season.

“I thought South made a couple of really good adjustments,” Ginn said. “We weren’t able to match their scoring. We were able to keep the game at our pace for three quarters but played at their pace in the fourth quarter.”

The Lady Wolverines defense carried them again on Saturday night, but the offense was hard to find. East Webster shot just 14-of-56 (25 percent) on the game and hit just 2-of-19 3-pointers. Isha Patterson was the only player in double figures with 10 points and Whitney Winter was held to just six points in the game and shot 3-of-16.

The Lady Wolverines led 17-15 at halftime but had an 11-2 run in the third quarter that put them on top 28-19. South Pontotoc stayed within striking distance and then went over the top in the fourth to get the win.

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