MATHISTON – In midweek action at the gymnasium on the former Wood Junior College campus, the East Webster Wolverines and the Houston Hilltoppers split hard wood competition.
The Lady Wolverines pulled off a thrilling 45-36 victory over the Lady Hilltoppers, while the Wolverines dropped their contest 54-28.
“I am proud of the win, but that was one of the sloppiest basketball games I’ve watched in awhile for high school,” Lady Wolverines’ coach Mandy Jewell said. “We can only get better from here. I feel we are much better than that and I hate we didn’t show it Tuesday.”
Starting from the moment the ball was tipped, play between the two teams was close. As action in the first period wound down, East Webster clung to a tight one-point lead.
During the second period, the Lady Wolverines began to make their move as they outscored the Lady Hilltoppers 17-3, placing the score at 26-11 as the teams headed to the locker room.
Katesa Dear led East Webster at the half with nine points, followed closely by Quantesha Patterson who scored eight.
The back and forth offense returned in the third period which again saw the teams’ scoring only separated by one point as East Webster picked up seven, while the Houston girls gathered eight in the period. At the end of three, the Lady Wolverines clung to a 33-19 lead.
The final period of play saw the Lady Hilltoppers enjoy their highest scoring period thus far as they outscored the Lady Wolverines 17-12. Houston’s late run was too little too late as East Webster maintained its lead to win.
The scoring leaders flip-flopped by game’s end as Patterson took over the lead by scoring eight in the second half to bring her total to 16. Dear closed her night with 11.
“Quantesha is always my leading scorer,” said Jewell. “She’s only a sophomore. We try to get the ball to her as much as we can. She did the best she could do Tuesday, they had two or three on her and she still managed to score.”
The Lady Wolverines will have a few days off before welcoming the Lady Tigers of Hatley to town on Friday.
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In the boys contest, the Wolverines jumped out to a first-quarter lead, but were unable to stop the Hilltoppers who after leading most of the game mounted a huge fourth period to defeat the Wolverines 54-28.
“We played pretty good the first half,” East Webster coach Corey Stidham said. “We defended well and didn’t back down from them. They were bigger and stronger by far, but our guys played with toughness and got after them. Second half, we just ran out of wind, (and) we just ran out of manpower. We have to build off this, come back and play four quarters next time.”
East Webster led the way offensively during first period action as they outscored Houston 10-9, but that would be the only lead of the game for the Wolverines.
Houston might have trailed after the first, but after a strong defensive showing the Hilltoppers managed to take a 18-14 lead into the half.
The Wolverines were not able to stop the Hilltoppers as they were doubled up 14-7 during the third period to place the score 32-21 heading into the home stretch.
The Hilltoppers continued the scoring attack into the final period of play, as they tacked on another 22 points to claim victory over the Wolverines.
Malik Jones led East Webster in the scoring column with 14, followed by Malcomy Jones who picked up five points. Houston was led by Chris Jones who garnered 17 points for the night.
East Webster will have little time to rest as they welcome the Hatley Tigers to town on Friday.