Wolverines make strong season opening statement

If the opening two games of the 2021-22 boys basketball season is any indication, the aggessive style of in-your-face defensive pressure that Quitman head coach, Mike Black had his troops employ in his first season at the helm will be prevelant once again. There is a different look to the team on the offensive end in the early stages of the 2021-22 season though.

Instead of a deliberate, clock eating attack the Wolverines are looking to put up more shots per game. Quite a few more. In the decisive 89-44 victory over Epps in the season opener Quitman fired up 68 shots. Against Summerfield’s swarming defense that is known to limit possessions, the Wolvernes still managed to fire up 52 attempts. 

In comparison, last year Quitman attempted over 50 field goals only six times all season and scored over  scored over 70 points in a game only 3 times in 23 contests, with a high of 81 points. Already this season the Wolverines have tried 120 field goals, that included 68 against Epps and is averaging 74 points a game, topped by teh 89 poured in against Epps that is the highest point total scored in over two years. This with the top three scorers from a year ago gone. What is in place now is a deep and talented roster that attacks in waves and so far shows the tendency to be accurate as evidenced by the 50% and 42.3% field goa percentage’s posted. 

Quitman 89 Epps 44: The carnage started from the opening tip as Quitman raced to a 20-10 first quarter lead that was stretched to 43-22 at the break. Even with Black substituting freely the points kept adding up as Quitman scored 26 in the third period and 20 in the fourth, ending the game shooting an even 50% (34/68) from the field.

L.D. Manning led the charge with 19 followed by 14 each from Logan Ponder and John Pabaya. Eli Walker, Blake Carter, Ty Simonelli, Grant Williams and Brayden Smith all pitched in with five each and Gavin Caskey added four. Shane Rowe, James Pabaya and Bailey Keys pitched in with two and Jamall Johnson added a free throw to round out the scoring.

QHS          20 23 26 20 – 89
Epps          10 11 16   7 – 44

QHS Individual Stats:
Scoring; Manning 19, Ponder 14, John Pabaya 14, Walker 5, Carter 5, Simonelli 5, Williams 5, Smith 5, Caskey 4, Rowe 2, James Pabaya 2, Keys 2, Johnson 1
3-pointers: Walker 1, Williams 1, John Pabaya 1
Rebounds: Keys 6, Rowe 3, Manning 3, John Pabaya 2
Steals: Ponder 4, John Pabaya 3, Carter 2
Assists: Walker 1, Carter 1, Leach 1, Smith 1

Quitman 59 Summerfield 41: Despite making only 2 of 14 three points attempts and having Summerfield make 50% of their shots, the Wolverines blew past the home standing squad by an impressive 18 points. This was accomplished  by the Wolverines allowing only 32 shots all game and outrebounding Summerfield by a whopping 27-8 margin, led by 8 each from Blake Carter and John Pabaya, who had six on the offensive glass. In comparison, Quitman was also accurate from the field on the night with 52.6% of their two point field goals going in and made 9 of 12 free throws. 

L.D. Manning scored 19 points for the second straight game to once again lead the Wolverine attack. He was assisted by Logan Ponder’s 11 and seven each from Blake Carter and John Pabaya. Ty Simonelli added six, Eli Walker hit one of the two Quitman trey’s made and Shane Rowe hit a basket to round out the scoring. 

QHS (2-0)        13 12 16 18 – 59
Summerfield      7 11 12 11 – 41

QHS Individual Stats:
Scoring; Manning 19, Ponder 11, John Pabaya 7, Carter 7, Simonelli 6, Walker 3, Rowe 2
3-pointers: Manning 1, Walker 1
Rebounds: Carter 8, John Pabaya 8, Manning 5, Ponder 3, Simonelli 2, Walker 1
Steals: Ponder 3, Simonelli 3, John Pabaya 2,  Walker 1

Quitman girls split first two

For the last several years the book on the Quitman girls was they could kill you from behind the three point line but didn’t have much of an inside presence. Someone better start writing a new book. The Lady Wolverines apparently can still fill it up from behind the arc as evidenced by the 4/5 performance by Brayli Stewart in the season opening 55-33 win over Epps. With 6’1” freshman, Cali Deal patrolling the paint, Quitman looks to have a strong post presence as well. The ability to work an “inside/outside” game is something veteran head coach Kyle Leach is looking forward to.

“We have been I guess what you would call “vertically challenged” over the last several years,” laughed Leach when asked about the height of this team the last several seasons. “Last year Cali was out tallest player as an 8th grader and it looks like she has added an inch or two this year.  It also is obvious she has improved on her post game so adding her skills with her ability of the girls on the perimeter we have the potential to be strong offensively.”

Quitman 55 Epps 33: The new look post/perimeter attack was very effective in the opener as Stewart and Deal collaborated to score 16 and 15 points apiece. That was just two points short that the Lady Wolverines allowed the entire Epps team total as the deep Quitman roster played havoc on the visitors with wave after wave of defensive pressure that resulted in forcing 28 turnovers. Quitman also had plenty of help on the offensive end, as eight players scored, including Bethany Leach who also reached double figures with ten. Additional offensive contributors were Emma Carter, A.J. Gray, Ansley Folks, Summer Grillete and Anna Claire Leach.

QHS 15 9 24 7 – 55
Epps   6 5 14 8 – 33

QHS Individual Stats:
Scoring: Stewart 16, Deal 15, B. Leach 10, Carter 4, Folks 3, Gray 3, Grillete 2, A. Leach 1
3-pointers: Stewart 4, B. Leach 1
Rebounds: Stewart 6, Grillete 5, Deal 3, B. Leach 3, Carter 3
Assists: B. Leach 3, Grillete 2, Stewart 1
Steals: Gray 4, Stewart 3, B. Leach 3, Grillete 1, Folks 1, Deal 1

Summerfield 41 Quitman 35: The Wolverines played the talented Summerfield squad to a draw in the second half but a slow start that saw the Lady Wolverines tally only 15 first half points evened their season slate after two games. Once again, two players provided most of the scoring punch with Deal making 14 and Bethany Leach adding 13 as Quitman managed to make only 31.4% of their shots. Emma Carter added four, Brayli Stewart three and Summer Grillete chipped in with a free throw.

Quitman (1-1)       9   6 14 6 – 35
Summerfield       11 10 14 6 – 41

QHS Individual Stats:
Scoring: Deal 14, B. Leach 13, Carter 4, Stewart 3, Grillete 1
3-pointers: B. Leach 2, Stewart 1
Rebounds: Deal 6, B. Leach 6, Carter 3, Grillete 3, Stewart 1
Assists: Folks 1
Steals: Gray 1, Grillete 1, Carter 1

photos courtesy of Elizabeth Womack

QHS offering Shirt/Sweatshirt/Hoodie’s 

As their have been so many people that have asked if there were anymore sweatshirts avaiable that was sold earlier in the year it has been decided to to not only offer them for sale again but expande the options to include short sleeve shirts and Hoodie’s. qhs sweatshirts

Pricing is as follows:

Hoodies and Sweatshirts $25
Bella Canvas Short sleeve $20
Gildan Performance (drifit material) $20
Available in Youth and Adult
For 2XL-3XL please add $2.00

To order go to Facebook pages of Paige Rollinson Bowers or CandicenRyan Leach 

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