(Friday, February 5) The Lady Wolves of Weston celebrated “Senior Night” by beating Simsboro 55-49 this past Friday night. The three girls basketball players that were honored immediately following the game were Lauren Maxwell, Cameron Rushing and Mallory Tolar. With the victory Weston now stands at 14-12 overall and 1-3 in district play while Simsboro fell to 8-8 and 2-2.
With three losses in district play prior that had already eliminated them from title considerations, it could be said that he contest really had no meaning for the Lady Wolves other than allowing the three seniors to go out in style in their final regular season contest at home. That would not be true, though. Far from it.
Weston has endured an incredibly difficult season that is contributed to a myriad of reasons. First, there was the transfer of Lexi Robinson to Claiborne Christian before the start of the season that decimated Weston’s post presence. Then midway through the year, Lauren Maxwell, who averaged roughly 25 points per game last year fell to her second torn ACL in as many years. Lakerria Austin got shelved due to COVID-19 contact protocol requirements just prior to the start of district play and most recently, Briley Peterson suffered a high ankle sprain that she is courageously trying to gut through but has limited what she is able to do.
With all the setbacks, no one would have blamed the girls on the squad if they had just laid down and played out the string. Instead they have impressively exhibited tremendous character, fortitude and pride that has earned them a place in head coach Stacy Tucker’s heart and leaves a legacy for all future players to learn by.
“Words can’t express how proud I am of the team,” said Tucker in an emotional interview following the contest. “The girls were dealt several cruel blow’s during the course of the year but continued to give everything they had and be very coachable. That is all any coach can ask for and I will always remember and appreciate them for their effort.”
The contest against Simsboro was the perfect example of the inspiring heart the team has and proof of Tucker’s description of his squad. Late in the second quarter Weston was down by 20 points. They couldn’t buy a basket. The result was only three field goals over the first two quarters being made which included a last second three pointer by Lainee Trosclair. Conversely Simsboro, led by Ikea Brown who scored 17 of her game high 28 points in the first half, couldn’t miss.
“Simsboro made four trey’s in the first half that were banked in,” said Tucker. “It seemed like every shot they threw up went in.”
At the half, Tucker made a strategy change designed to curb the production of Brown by having his girls force her to have to defend on every possession. He also implored his girls to keep believing in themselves, stay the course and fight to the end. It took a little for the new strategy to take effect but early in the fourth Brown fouled out and Weston made Simsboro pay dearly for the expected fouls they committed by making 15 of 20 from the free throw line after hitting only 5 of 13 in the first half.
“I knew that a problem that has plagued Simsboro all year is that they don’t have much depth and they foul a lot. I felt if we could get Brown out of the game and get to the free throw line often, we had a chance to come back,” reflected Tucker. “The strategy worked but I give the girls all the credit as they executed the game plan to perfection and really picked up their intensity. It was very rewarding to see them get rewarded for their effort.”
Meanwhile the shots that just clanged iron in the first two quarters started falling for Weston in the second half. Emma Kate McBride, who has stepped up to become Weston’s most consistent scorer over the last half of the season, dropped in 14 of her team high points. Mallory Tolar added ten of her 13 points on the night including a pair of three pointers and Mary Catherine Hay chipped in with 10 of the 12 she tallied bolstered by her impressively making six of seven free throws.
The result was a 42 point second half and the reversal of the 17 point half time deficit into the six point victory.
|Weston (14-12, 1-3)||6||7||21||21||55|
|Simsboro (8-8, 2-2)||14||16||11||8||49|
WHS scoring: McBride 18, Tolar 13, Hay 12, Peterson 4, Austin 3, Trosclair 3, Bond 2
SHS scoring: Brown 28, Abney 9, Jones 5, Hester 4, Mitchel 3
Choudrant 62 Weston 50 (Tuesday, February 2) Katie Wiley, Aly Thomas and Kylee P0rtilloz burned Weston for all but six of Choudrant’s points to lift the Lady Aggies over Weston who couldn’t overcome a 23-4 first quarter deficit.
Uncanny aim from the three point line in the first half that saw seven trey’s hit home, including four by Thomas in the first quarter was the catalyst that lifted the Lady Aggies to their first district 2B victory of the year in the battle of the two district 2B cellar dwellers.
Wiley ended the contest with 21 points for Choudrant followed by 18 from Thomas and 17 from Portilloz. Gracie Duke and Jaime Stewart chipped in with four and two points respectively. All three had more than Weston’s top scorer, Briley Peterson, who finished with 12 and Lainee Trosclair who had ten. Lexi Barmore added nine, both Mary Catherine Hay and Emma Kate McBride chipped in with five and Mallory Tolar had five for the Lady Wolves.
|Weston (13-12, 0-3)||4||12||15||17||50|
|Choudrant (13-11, 1-2)||23||12||13||14||62|
WHS scoring: Peterson 12, Trosclair 10, Barmore 9, hay 7, McBride 7, Tolar 5
CHS scoring: Wiley 21, Thomas 18, Portilloz 17, Duke 4, Stewart 2
Quitman secures share of District 2B title
(Friday, February 5) Quitman secured a share of the 2B title by beating Choudrant 50-44 for their 13th straight victory and fourth without a loss in district play. The victory improved the Lady Wolverines overall record to 21-2, representing the best mark in north Louisiana among “non-select” schools while Choudrant, who shared the title with Quitman last year dropped to 13-10 and 0-2 in district play.
Clara Womack was a prime catalyst to the victory by scoring half of Quitman’s points. Also playing an important role was the Lady Wolverines performance from the free throw line where they made 15 of 22, including a clutch 10 of 12 in the pivotal fourth quarter where Quitman turned a one point disadvantage into the seven point victory.
“I’ve got to give Choudrant credit. They were playing for their district lives and they brought it to us but this was a great team win where we had to overcome foul trouble and poor shooting from the field,” said elated QHS head coach Kyle Leach. “Everyone played important roles. Clara carried us offensively and Bethany (Leach) handled their pressure well. Emma (Carter) and Summer (Grillette) played great defense and Cali (Deal) rebounded well.”
Complimenting one of Womack’s better offensive performances of the year was Leach and Deal with eight points each. Carter added six and Brayli Stewart chipped in three despite being saddled with early foul trouble. Katie Wiley and Kylee Portilloz led Choudrant with 18 and 15 points each.
|Quitman (21-2, 4-0)||13||15||9||13||50|
QHS scoring: Womack 25, Leach 8, Deal 8, Carter 6, Stewart 3
CHS scoring: Wiley 18, Portilloz 15, Johnson 5, Thomas 3, Davis 2
Quitman 54 Simsboro 44 (Tuesday, February 2): Quitman stretched a one point first quarter lead into a 32-18 half time advantage to run past Simsboro in a battle for the top spot in district 2B. The victory was Quitman’s 20th of the year against only two losses over and gave the Lady Wolverines a 3-0 record after the completing the first half of the district 2B schedule. Simsboro fell to 8-7 overal and a game back at 2-1.
Brayli Stewart made all ten of Quitman’s points in the fourth quarter and finished with a game high 21. Clara Womack chipped in with 11 and Cali Deal had 10. Bethany Leach scored eight on the strength of two trey’s and both Emma Carter and Summer Grillette added two each. Simsboro was led by Ikea Brown who made 20 points.
|Quitman (20-2, 3-0)||12||20||12||10||54|
|Simsboro (8-7, 2-1)||11||7||11||15||44|
QHS scoring: Stewart 21, Womack 11, Deal 10, Leach 8, Carter 2, Grillette 2
SHS scoring: Brown 20, Hester 13, J. Abney 5, L. Abney 2, Jones 2, Crump 2
Additional area scores:
Friday, February 5:
Haynesville 54 Arcadia 33
Castor 64 Dodson 31
Homer 44 Lincoln Prep 30
Ruston 56 Ouachita Parish 45
Doyline 66 Saline 59
Red River 55 Winnfield 43
West Ouachita 48 ASH 34
Thursday, February 4:
Lincoln Prep 58 Arcadia 33
Calvin 44 Georgetown 37
Tuesday, February 2:
Arcadia 69 Ringgold 38
Calvin 58 Central-Jonesville 22
Cedar Creek 39 Oak Grove 22
Saline 67 Dodson 32
Lincoln Prep 41 Calvary Baptist 20
Ruston 57 Pineville 20
Ouachita Parish 45 West Ouachita 39