MATHISTON – The rain that began falling on the outside of the gym where East Webster plays its home basketball games was a fitting omen.
Shots had been raining down all night long for the Lady Wolverines on Monday.
East Webster's girls hosted the Lady Rebels of Richton for the first round of Class 2A South State playoff action and when all was settled, the Lady Wolverines claimed a 61-38 victory.
“I thought we played really good team ball in the beginning,” East Webster coach Mandy Jewell said. “We jumped out, got an early lead and we kept it for the most part.”
Led by Quantesha Patterson, the Lady Wolverines quickly took control of the game. Scoring 21 points, East Webster held Richton to only eight points to lead after one complete.
The Lady Rebels did managed to increase their scoring during the second period, but their 10 points were no match for the Lady Wolverines who tacked on an additional 15 points to carry a 36-18 lead into the half.
Second period action also saw Patterson score 10 points to bring her halftime total to 20 points.
Highlighted by an 8-0 run which featured a pair of 3-pointers courtesy of Mamie Hollenhead, East Webster outscored its opponent once again during the third period.
Holding a 53-26 lead, the Wolverines entered the fourth period with the smell of victory in the air. After adding eight more points, they completed Monday’s action and left the court victorious.
Thanks to her 20 points in the first half, Patterson led East Webster with 26. Hollenhead ended her night with a trio of 3-pointers to bring her total to nine points, while Katesa Dear rounded out the leading Lady Wolverines with seven points.
With the win, East Webster advances to the second round of South State to face Scott Central.
This is not the first time the Lady Wolverines have seen themselves in second round action. After losing last year, the team is hungry for more this season.
“It feels good to win and advance,” Jewell said. “We got there last year and we got beat in the last seconds of the game so we are excited to go back and the girls want to go a little farther this year.”
Her team may be hungry, but Jewell knows facing Scott Central and Dandy Dozen athlete Victoria Vivians will be no easy task.
“I don’t know how you prepare to face her,” Jewell said. “We have to try and hold her to under 25-30 points. (With) most girls, I would say let’s try and hold them to 14, but she is a different scenario. We are going to have to get every loose ball, every rebound and just keep it away from them as much as possible.”
Tip between the Lady Wolverines and Lady Rebels will take place Thursday afternoon at Scott Central.