Missed opportunities prevent Wolverine win

Keevon Patterson

Sports Editor

Keevon Patterson had one of his better scoring games for the East Webster Wolverines on Saturday with 15 points.

As good as that production was for the senior Wolverine, it was the points he left out on the court that might have been the difference.

Patterson missed on some free throw opportunities late in the 57-55 loss to the Louisville Wildcats in the Mid-Mississippi Challenge that he wished he could have back.

“I came up short on my free throws,” a disappointed Patterson said after the game.

Louisville held a 53-49 lead with 2:30 remaining in the game before East Webster went on a 6-0 run to take a lead. A basket by Patterson at the 1:15 mark put the Wolverines up 55-53.

While Patterson’s free throws fell off the mark down the stretch, Tequavious Braggs scored on a 3-point play and Clayton Maury sank one shot from the charity stripe as the Wildcats closed out the game and earned the two-point victory.

“We missed our last four free-throw attempts and that puts the game where we could tie it or go ahead,” East Webster coach Jon Ginn said. “I thought our guys played really hard and rebounded well. We just didn’t come up with a couple of free throws at the end and we also missed a couple of layups at the end that would have made a huge difference.”

The Wolverines held a 20-17 advantage after the first quarter, but Louisville got hot from outside in the second quarter.

With four makes from 3-point range, the Wildcats were able to take a 39-31 lead at halftime.

Ginn said Louisville has a way of stretching out a defense.

“Louisville is a really good team and a great opponent for us to play to stay sharp for division because there are a lot of athletic teams in our division,” Ginn said. “I don’t think any are as good as Louisville. They shoot the ball so well and the first half that was a lot of the difference. They just shot the 3-ball so well in the first half. They cooled off a little bit in the second half, but I think our guys did a better job of defending as well.”

Carrin Townsend, the OCH Medical Center Athlete of the Week, led East Webster with 17 points and Reid Gatlin added 12 points on four 3-pointers.

Now attention turns back to Class 2A, Region 2 play for the Wolverines.

“We’re 4-0 in the division with Leflore County coming to our place next Friday,” Ginn said. “This game will prepare us for that game and for our division tournament.”