ACKERMAN – The East Webster basketball teams got a jump on the holiday tournament slate Thursday.
On Thursday, the East Webster squads traveled to the Ackerman Tournament. In their first game of the tournament, the Lady Wolverines tipped off against the Lady Warriors of Nanih Waiya, and East Webster won a 49-27 decision.
“These are the types of games that give us the opportunity to play everybody,” East Webster coach Mandy Jewell said. “We played one offense and one defense and were able to get reps for everyone on the bench.”
From the moment the ball was tipped, the Lady Wolverines took the lead and never looked back. In first period scoring alone, East Webster more than doubled the Warriors points to take a 14-6 lead.
The second period was a little more back and forth than its predecessor with the Lady Wolverines only outscoring their opponent by one to make it a 21-12 ballgame heading into the half.
Coming out of the locker rooms, East Webster returned to its first period form and dominated the game offensively. After outscoring Nanih Waiya 16-7, the Lady Wolverines took a 37-19 lead into the final period of play.
The Lady Warriors enjoyed their highest scoring period with eight points as the clock wound down, but it was not enough as East Webster never let off the gas by adding another 12 to their total to claim a 49-27 victory.
Quantesha Patterson led the Lady Wolverines with 24 points, as the junior continued her perfect streak of posting a double-double every game. Senior Katesa Dear was perfect from the line going 4-for-4 and closing her as the second leading scorer with eight.
East Webster will have very little time to celebrate their victory as it loads back on the bus today to face Ackerman.
“We are doing exactly what we wanted to do this season,” Jewell said. “We set a goal to be 26-0 heading into playoffs and so far we are meeting our goal. We have a big game (tonight) against our rival Ackerman so we have to put this behind us and be ready to play.”
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ACKERMAN – The Wolverines also participated in the Ackerman Tournament where they fell to the Confederates.
“We jumped out early and played pretty well,” East Webster coach Corey Stidham said. “We were a little late on defense and they shot free throws well all night long. There were some little plays in the fourth period that we have to make to win ball games. Those were the keys to the game.”
East Webster jumped out to an early lead in the first period of play out-scoring Caledonia 13-8, but that would be the only lead the team would enjoy.
During the second period of action, the Confederates took over on offense adding 17 to their total while the Wolverines posted nine. Heading into the locker rooms, Caledonia clung to a three-point lead of 25-22.
The second half continued the back and forth offense between the teams with East Webster securing 14 points during the third compared to the 16 scored by the Confederates. At the end of three, the score stood 41-36.
In the final period of play, things did not change much as once again Caledonia out-scored East Webster to take the victory.
Samuel Butler led East Webster in the scoring column with 17, followed by Malik Jones who contributed 12.
East Webster’s loss set up a 5:30 p.m. match-up today with the loser of the Nanih Waiya/Winona contest.