Wolverines sweep rival Eagles at home

Staff Writer

Rivalry Thursday went the way of the Wolverines as the Webster County schools got together in Cumberland.

East Webster used crafty defense, back door cuts and ball movement to cruise past Eupora 72-49 in boys basketball action. The Wolverines were led by Keevon Patterson’s 23 points as he hit 11 of 12 free throws and sunk 6 of 11 shots from the field.

After stumbling at times in a win against Vardaman on Tuesday, the Wolverines were back to their brand of basketball according to their coach.

“I was really pleased, considering how we looked the other night. I thought we responded,”  East Webster coach Jon Ginn said. “We got into foul trouble and that hurt us, but I thought we moved well. We created a lot of deflections and turnovers. I was pleased with our effort.”

While Keevon Patterson poured in the points, the key to the machine was guard Carrin Townsend. His 11 points was a good number, but it was what he was doing elsewhere that was leading the way.

Townsend was a pesky defender against the Eagles knocking the ball loose and creating turnovers for the Wolverines. He also led the fast break and his ball movement created for his teammates. It was nothing that Ginn hasn’t seen before.

“What Carrin does, you can’t teach," Ginn said. "He always has a nose for the ball. He’s hiding behind somebody to kind of slip through and tip it or something like that. He’s just a go-getter. He’s a winner. Sometimes he puts up numbers that you see in the paper and sometimes he doesn’t, but he’s always going to do something to help the team.”

East Webster (8-4) was in control of the game from the very tip as it jumped out to a 10-0 lead before Eupora could get anything going. The Eagles woke up a bit as the quarter progressed, but the quick start had taken its toll as they trailed 25-15 after the first frame.

“They came out first quarter with high energy and we didn’t," Eupora coach Eric Marshall said. "We got behind too early. They were well-coached and did a good job against us.”

The Wolverines carried a 46-34 lead to halftime, but put the game away in the third quarter. They started on a 9-2 run and Keevon Patterson’s layup with 4 minutes left gave them a 20-point lead for the first time in the game at 58-38. They led 60-40 after three quarters and coasted in the fourth for the win.

Eupora (1-8) was led in scoring by Jarren Patterson, who had 16 in the game. D.J. Patterson scored 13 points and Caleb Rush had 11.

Along with Townsend and Keevon Patterson in double figures for the Wolverines was Nash Caldwell, who had 11 points of his own.

Coming up, the Wolverines will travel to Ethel next Tuesday while the Eagles go to Okolona on Saturday.

Girls Game
East Webster 55,
Eupora 30

It was much of the same in the girls game for the Lady Wolverines as the defense led the way to an easy win.

East Webster jumped out to an 11-0 lead in the first quarter and were up 32-8 at halftime. That was enough to put Eupora away quietly as it won the game by 25 points.

“I was super pleased with the girls," Ginn said. "They came out very focused and took over from the beginning. It was never in doubt. Defensively, I thought we were solid the whole night.”

The Lady Wolverines (8-4) had 11 points from Whitney Winter and Jaden Johnson. The Lady Eagles had 12 points from Takiyah Townsend.