MADISON – The East Webster Wolverines moved one step closer to a division title as they knocked off Ackerman 59-53 on Tuesday.
Though his team picked up the victory, East Webster coach Corey Stidham knows it has to play better heading down the stretch if it wants to advance towards a state championship.
“We didn’t necessarily have our best game (Tuesday),” Stidham said. “We played well enough to get by and win, but it was kind of a dull atmosphere following a long road trip. Moving forward, we have got to take care of the basketball and better handle the pressure.”
The Wolverines may not have played to their full potential, but they did control Tuesday’s contest for the majority of the game.
Having led the entire first half, East Webster carried a 28-20 lead into the halftime break and things did not change much as the teams returned to the court.
“The game pretty much stayed separated eight to 10 points all game,” Stidham said. “We let them make a run in the fourth quarter to close the gap to three, but we came back and finished it off.”
After finishing off Ackerman, the Wolverines move forward in the Class 2A, Region 5 tournament to face host team St. Joseph’s Catholic School Thursday at 8:30 p.m.
Malik Jones led East Webster with 18 points, followed by Samuel Butler who posted 12 points.
Having faced the Bruins once before, Stidham knows what type of challenge his team is up against on Thursday.
“I am sure they have somewhat overlooked us and we can use that to our advantage, but we have got to take care of the basketball,” Stidham said. “We didn’t the last time and they beat us. They are a solid team with an explosive offense. Our goal is just to keep it close towards the end and then finish it off strong.”
MADISON – Two area girls basketball teams battled on Tuesday night and in the end, one saw its season extended one more game, while on the other side one suffered the blow of a season-ending defeat.
Separated by only five points, Eupora knocked off Ackerman 48-43 to advance to the second round of the Class 2A, Region 5 Tournament.
With the victory, Eupora earned a spot with Pisgah at 4 p.m. on Thursday. Should the Lady Eagles prove victorious on Thursday, they play in the championship game at 7 p.m. on Friday. A loss will place Eupora in the 4 p.m. consolation game.