Wolverines sweep rival Eagles

Staff Writer

Both East Webster and Eupora couldn’t be much more different in terms of success on the basketball court this season.

As anyone who follows sports knows, however, those records can be thrown out of the window when the two teams get together to play each other.

That was the case again on Friday night in a packed gym at Eupora as the Eagles looked for their first Class 2A, Region 2 win of the year. East Webster was hoping to move to 3-0 in district play and continue to build its resume for the No. 1 seed in the district tournament.

The Wolverines had a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter vanish in a matter of minutes as the Eagles fought valiantly to cut the lead to three points late before falling 45-42. East Webster defended Jarren Patterson’s 3-point heave at the buzzer with a chance to tie but it didn’t connect as the Wolverines prevailed.

“In our division, anybody can beat anybody," East Webster coach Jon Ginn said. "We’re 3-0 in our division, but there’s not a team that can’t beat us and a team that we can’t beat. It’s about who is going to be sharp that night, who’s going to rebound and defend and who’s going to take care of the ball. We were fortunate (Friday night) because they mounted a huge run at the end.”

The Wolverines (13-6, 3-0) certainly had the game in their hands in the final quarter. They took a 32-24 lead after three quarters and utilized an 8-0 run on five points from Carrin Townsend and a 3-pointer from Sedrick Taylor to quickly push the lead to 16.

Eupora coach Eric Marshall called for timeout to stop the bleeding and try to find a spark for his team. At 1-13 and 0-3 in district play, Marshall is preaching to his team to keep the faith and good things will come.

“I told them in the huddle, whatever you do don’t give up," Marshall said. "You keep fighting to the end. In certain games, I feel like we’ve given up, but they responded to me and fought hard. When you fight hard, you always give yourself a chance to win.”

That fight was evident. Behind Patterson’s aggressiveness on the offensive end and their 2-3 zone, the Eagles started chopping away at the lead. A 9-0 run got them within striking distance with 3 minutes left and Patterson’s layup cut it to 45-42 with 35 seconds remaining.

Eupora had two chances to tie the game but couldn’t get the shot to fall as East Webster held on to win it.

“That was a point of the game where we should have taken control and slow it down a bit, but we got in a hurry," Ginn said. "We started playing like we were behind almost. Coach Marshall has done a great job. They’ve made a big turnaround the last couple of games and it’s due in large part to the effort he’s made.”

Jarren Patterson led the Eagles with a game-high 22 points. The Wolverines had 16 points from Townsend and 14 points from Keevon Patterson.  

East Webster will go on the road looking to stay undefeated as it takes on Westside on Tuesday. Eupora will travel to Bruce on Tuesday with a district contest of its own.

Girls Game
East Webster 45,
Eupora 18

There wasn’t nearly as much drama in the girls game after the first quarter as the Lady Wolverines surrendered just four points in the second quarter and held the Lady Eagles scoreless in the fourth for the easy win to move above .500 in district play.

East Webster (13-6, 2-1) was led in scoring by Isha Patterson with 21 points as leading scorer Whitney Winter was held to just three points thanks to Eupora’s defense.

“That was one of those games that we just had to grind it out," Ginn said. "We weren’t scoring it real well and they did a great job on our leading scorer Whitney Winter. Isha Patterson did a great job stepping up and our girls really put the screws to them in the second half defensively and got stingy.”

After holding a slim 8-5 lead after one frame, the Lady Wolverines went up 22-9 at halftime and 37-18 after three quarters. While they struggled to score themselves, the Lady Eagles couldn’t manage a single point in the fourth quarter as they dropped to 2-12 and 1-2 in Region 2.