MATHISTON – The East Webster Lady Wolverines continue to show the fight of an experienced basketball team.
That amazes coach Mandy Jewell because the Lady Wolverines are made up of mostly freshmen and juniors.
Despite falling behind 10-0 to start the game and trailing by seven points early in the fourth quarter, the Lady Wolverines came back each time and defeated the Wesson Lady Cobras 67-63 Monday night.
The Lady Wolverines improved their record to 19-11 and advance to the remainder of the Class 2A South Tournament to be held in Taylorsville.
"In my first two years here, we didn't have a winning season so we not only have a winning season, we won the district and now we're moving on in South half," Jewell said. "These girls are young with 9th graders and 11th graders. I have two seniors who step in and give some good minutes, but for the most part, they're babies. For us to go this far this early in their careers is almost unbelievable."
Wesson came out hot and scored 10 points before the crowd could settle in at the gym on East Webster's Wood College location. MaKenzie Rials had the first two baskets for the Lady Cobras and Madison Rials hit a pair of 3-point field goals.
The Lady Wolverines came back to score 11 unanswered points to take an 11-10 lead with 1:20 remaining in the first quarter. Quantesha Patterson had seven points during that stretch.
The game remained pretty close from that point as East Webster had a 13-12 advantage after the first quarter and Wesson went up 36-33 at halftime.
The Lady Cobras went on another spurt to close the third quarter and scored the first basket in the fourth quarter to take a 52-45 lead, but the Lady Wolverines came back once again and outscored the visitors 12-2 in a 3-minute span to go up 57-53.
Even though Wesson scored four-straight points to tie the game at 57-57 with 3:42 left in the game, East Webster went on a 10-4 run to close the game and took the victory. The Lady Wolverines had former athlete and Mississippi State softball player Swayze Hollenhead cheering them on from the bench in the last few moments.
"All year we've fought, fought and fought in some of our wins and fought, fought and fought in some of our losses," Jewell said. "We had a lot of close games in our early season, but couldn't quite finish them, but they have gotten better and learned how to finish. I'm proud of them."
Patterson poured in 30 points for East Webster, but had some help from Lynesha Curry with 16 points and Kalesa Dear with 10 points.
The contribution in the scoring column from Patterson is obvious, but Jewell knows what other players bring to the table.
"I've got to have my guards to get the ball down there to her," Jewell said. "We have one girl, in particular, that has a really good lob pass and we've got to have her in the game. We've got two that drive to the basket and lay it up or dump it to her, but it's team effort for sure."