Group effort leads East Webster over county rival Eupora

By: 
JOEL COLEMAN
Staff Writer

It didn’t matter who East Webster turned to on Thursday night when they hosted rival Eupora. Seemingly every Wolverine was getting in on the fun.

All five East Webster starters scored in double figures as the Wolverines easily topped the Eagles 76-47 in Cumberland.

“This is a fun group to coach because they really don’t care who scores as long as we score,” East Webster head coach Michael Seger said. “We have a willingness to find the open man and make the extra pass instead of shooting a contested 3-pointer. We did a really good job against (Eupora’s) pressure and finding people backdoor. When we play that hard and that unselfishly, it’s fun to watch and fun to coach.”

East Webster had it all working early and often. Carrin Townsend kept getting to the rim and finishing. He led the Wolverines with 18 points.

Jacob Ginn couldn’t miss from 3-point range in the first half. He scored 15 points, all 15 coming on five treys over the course of the first and second quarters.

Isaac Patterson added 13 point for East Webster. Charlie Brand scored 12 and Art Thompson had 11.

As East Webster’s shots kept falling, Eupora head coach Danya Turner was left frustrated at his team’s inability to slow down the Wolverines.

“We played no defense and (East Webster) made shots,” Turner said. “We couldn’t ever really get in a rhythm and play like we like to play.

“I think if we played better defense, it’d have been a better ballgame. I’m not saying we wouldn’t have lost, but it would’ve been a better ballgame, but we just didn’t play any defense.”

Eupora was led in the game by Jarren Patterson’s 13 points.

However the game’s outcome was never really in doubt. Fueled by early 3-pointers from Ginn and Brand, East Webster sprinted out to an early 10-2 lead. The Wolverines led 26-10 after the first period and carried a 41-21 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

In the second half, East Webster kept the pressure on. The Wolverines led 61-37 after three quarters and coasted to the win.

“We wanted to finish the game for four quarters with a sense of urgency,” Seger said. “We have a ton of respect for (Eupora’s) ability and we didn’t want to take our foot off the gas and give them any chance to make a comeback.”

East Webster improved its record to 12-3 overall and 3-0 in Class 2A, Region 2 play.

Eupora fell to 8-9 overall and 1-2 in league action.

Girls Game
East Webster 45, Eupora 31

The sharp shooting of Mari-Todd Brown had East Webster off and running early as it picked up the win in the night’s opening game.

Brown hit four 3-pointers in the first half on the way to a 15-point night to pace the Lady Wolverines, who improved to 10-7 overall this year and 2-1 in region action.

“Our girls are just starting to figure out that they can be a pretty good basketball team,” Seger said. “We’re really young and inexperienced in a lot of spots, but Mari-Todd is a senior and is doing a good job of making shots. We played 12 people in the first quarter, so we’re leaning on the fact that hopefully our depth is going to be an advantage for us at times. I was really proud of how hard they played and I’m excited about the young players we have that just keep getting better.”

Eupora’s leading scorer was Jasmine Conely. She tallied nine points, but it wasn’t enough for the Lady Eagles.

“We fell down early, but our girls played hard,” Turner said. “They play hard every night.”

Eupora fell to 5-11 overall and 1-2 in region play.

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