Area prep schools gain good results from games early last week

For “old-timers” the Quitman and Weston basketball schedules for the first part of last week had to bring back memories. They will remember “back in the day” when Class B & C schools used to play seemingly every day leading up to the Thanksgiving holidays on their way to 50 and 60 games seasons.
Those days are long gone, but QHS and WHS did have a “blast from the past” as they played on back to back days this past Monday and Tuesday and did pretty well too. Quitman won two of the three games played while Weston won three of four as each prepared for weekend tournament action.

Monday, November 15th

To sum it up Quitman “Pinked-Out” while Weston celebrated the giving out of letterman jackets by going “big game” hunting. Both the boys and girls teams from Quitman won handily over Dodson on the evening when deceased QHS golf coach, teacher and counselor, Ginger Pullin, was honored and the American Cancer Society was promoted. At Weston, ten lettermen received their jackets and then watched the Lady Wolves smash Class 3A Sterlington while the boys team started the framework that would lead to better things by weeks end.

Quitman 56 Dodson 18: (Girls) After the tough weekend in south Louisiana competing against a couple of the best Class B girls basketball has to offer this year the Lady Wolverines needed a break. They got one. They also got a much needed win as Cali Deal scored 14 and Brayli Stewart added 11. Bethany Leach chipped in with 9, Emma Carter 8, A.J. Gray 6 and 4 each from Summer Grilette and Taylor Harvey rounded out the scoring.

Weston 52 Sterlington 43: (Girls) An age old adage states that “the bigger they are, the harder they fall” and boy did Sterlington fall hard. The final score of the contest played this past Monday shows Class B Weston outscored their Class 3A visitors by a 52-43 margin. The game was not nearly that close.
“We were up by 28 at one point in the second half,” said pleased Weston head coach, Stacy Tucker, after the first home victory of the year.

The Lady Wolves held only a three point advantage after the first period but blew the game open with a 21-4 second quarter advantage. Sharp shooting, Lainee Trosclair, who made a pair of three pointers and was a perfect 6/6 from the free throw line, led the balanced Weston scoring attack with 14 followed by eight each from Jessica Newton, Lakerria Austin and Mary Catherine Hay. Lexie Millien added seven, Emma Kate McBride five and Briley Peterson four.

Quitman 73 Dodson 17: (boys) The home fans just thought the first game the two girl teams played was one-sided. Then the boys squared off. OUCH! A season best 30 point first quarter opened up a 26 points lead. Then Quitman tied one of those never can be broken records when they didn’t allow Dodson a single point in the second quarter. At halftime it was 42-4. WOW!!!! Eli Walker led the way with five, three pointers for a season and career high 21 points. L.D. Manning, Gavin Caskey and Noah Leach scored eight each with Brayden Smith adding seven and John Pabaya getting six. Twelve players scored in all.

Sterlington 71 Weston 56: (boys) The Class 3A invaders were simply better as they methodically whipped the Wolves by winning each of the first three periods and entering the final frame with a 21 point lead. There were bright spots to take away from the contest. One being that eight of the eleven players on the roster scored. Another was the five three pointers that Kaden Shirley made along the way to his team leading 15 points. Seth Peterson also turned in a season best performance with 13 followed by nine points, all coming in the second half, by Rylee McBride

Tuesday, November 16th

Weston 67 FCCS 44: (Girls) Lakerria Austin and Emma Kate McBride set new season bests by nailing five and four shots respectively from three point land as Weston continued their early season, torrid shooting pace in Winnsboro on Tuesday. It was over early as the Lady Wolves stormed out to a 22-12 lead that they stretched to 39-22 at the half on their way to their fourth 65 plus points effort in seven games to lift their record to 4-3 on the young year. Briley Peterson also reached double digits with a season best 11 points and Jessica Newton added eight as eight players tallied.

OCS 62 Quitman 31: (Girls) In a way it almost seemed fitting that OCS should win the game. After all, on the day that Quitman honored Veteran’s it stands to reason that the veteran and defending Division IV state champion should win. They did with ease to stay undefeated on the year, while Quitman fell to 3-5. Cali Deal scored 16 and Brayli Stewart added nine as Quitman was held to single digits in the first three quarters.

Weston 71 FCCS 52: (Boys) It was the performance that head coach Jacob Otwell had been waiting on. Finally his Wolves found the mark consistently as they scored a season high in points to down the fellow Class B foe. Four players reached double figures in points led by a season best 16 from Davis Tolar. Just two points behind was Ryan Feirn with Seth Peterson chipping in with 13, his season best to date as well. Rylee McBride added ten with brother, Eli, checking in with seven as did Mitchel Mathews. Kaden Shirley added four. The victory improved the season record to 2-5 and put an end to the four game losing streak.

In other area games early last week:

Saline 84 Atlanta 77: After a slow start to the season that saw the Bobcats lose their first four is now a distant memory after the second win in four days over their one time district foe and third victory in the last four games. The firepower that head coach Klint Robinson knew was possible finally emerged as Saline turned in their best early season scoring performance that ended up being 11 more than in any game they have played this season. Titus Jackson led the way with 27 points with Ethan Roberts chipping in with 21. Titus Malone also reached double figures with 12 as nine Bobcats scored in all.

Photos contributed by Elizabeth Womack, Thomas Barker and Kristie Tolar (Sasse Lynn Shenanigans)

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