Tourney Time! Recap of weekend tournament play for area schools

It was “tourney time” for Jackson Parish schools as Weston hosted their annual tournament and Quitman made the short trek to Saline for their annual affair. A recap of the action of the boys and girls teams from both schools as well as neighboring Saline that took place from this past Thursday thru Saturday follows:

Weston Girls win three

Weston 61 D’Arbonne Woods 32: Briley Peterson scored 22 of her season and career best 28 points in the first half to help Weston to a commanding 39-15 first half advantage in the blowout of their Class AA opponent. It was the second time in the last three games that the Lady Wolves have taken down a school from a larger classification. The fourth straight victory improved Weston’s record to 7-3 equaling the best start to a season after ten games since 2016.Lainee Trosclair chipped in with 14 points on the strength of a pair of first half three pointers.
Weston 15 24 12 10 – 61
DWC 9 6 9 7 – 32
Scoring: Peterson 28, Trosclair 14, Millien 6, Ledford 4, Newton 4, McBride 3, Beamesderfer 2, Austin 1

Weston 51 Stanley 45: Briley Peterson scored six, Emma Kate McBride 5 and Jessica Newton 3 in the pivotal fourth quarter to help Weston erase a four point deficit after three periods. The contest see-sawed back and forth with Weston jumping out to a six point lead after one only to see Stanley claw back to within one at the half and take the lead before managing just four points in the final frame. Peterson led a balanced attack with 14 followed by Jessica Newton with 9, Emma Kate McBride – 8, Lakerria Austin – 7, Mary Catherine Hay – 6 and Lainee Trosclair who ended with five. Lexie Millien chipped in a first quarter basket as well to round out the scoring.
Weston 16 14 7 14 – 51
Stanley 10 19 12 4 – 45
WHS scoring: Peterson 14, Newton 9, McBride 8, Austin 7, Hay 6, Trosclair 5, Millien 2

Weston 65 Dodson 43: Lainee Trosclair has emergee in the early stages of the season as Jackson Parish’s top girl’s, 3-point marksman. Her four bombs in the first three quarters led to a game high 21 points and helped lift Weston to the easy victory. Emma Kate McBride enjoyed some “distance delight” of her own with three trey’s as she and Briley Peterson also reached double figures in points with eleven. Mary Catherine Hay added nine as ten Lady Wolves scored in all. Molly Conner scored 12 Sadie Beaubouf added 11 and Jada Conner pitched in 10 for Dodson whose season opening skid reached eight straight.
Weston 16 26 16 7 – 65
Dodson 11 6 10 16 – 43
WHS scoring: Trosclair 21, McBride 11, Peterson 11, Hay 9, Millien 4, Bearden 3, Austin 2, Beamesderfer 2, Siadek 1, Pineda 1
DHS scoring; M. Conner 12, Beaubouf 11, J. Conner 10, Uribarr4, Browning 2, Marken 2, Martin 2

Weston Boys almost perfect

Weston 53 D’Arbonne Woods 48: Mitchel Mathews poured in a season best 16 points and Seth Peterson added 15 as Weston spotted the Class AA team a four point lead after one before roaring back to take the win. With their first win over a school from a higher classification in a full calendar year and third win in the last four games this season the Wolves upped their season record to 4-6. Six additional Weston players scored with the highest being five each from Davis Tolar and Bryce Zehr.
Weston 12 14 12 15 – 53
DWC 16 8 13 11 – 48
WHS scoring: Mathews 16, Peterson 15, Tolar 5, Zehr 5, E. McBride 4, Shirley 4, Feirn 2, R. McBride 2

Stanley 54 Weston 50 (OT): Seth Peterson scored all 14 of his points in the second half to help Weston rally from a 7 point halftime deficit and send the game into overtime but Stanley recovered to pull out the victory. Davis Tolar led the Wolves in scoring with a season best 19 on the strength of three treys. Kaden Shirley chipped in with five and both Mitchel Mathews and Landon Roberts scored four.
Weston 13 4 14 13 6 – 50
Stanley 12 12 7 13 10 – 54
WHS scoring: Tolar 19, Peterson 14, Shirley 5, Mathews 4, Roberts 4, Feirn 2, R. McBride 2

Weston 63 Dodson 16: Thirteen players tallied for Weston in the rout. It was simply no contest as Weston rolled to a 17-3 first quarter advantage that grew to 27-6 at the half that allowed coach Otwell to empty his bench early. As result, reserve Jude Otwell led the way with a season and career best 12 points followed by ten from Mitchell Mathews. Kaden Shirley added nine. Also establishing season high scoring totals were Jacob Gill – 6, Tyler Pardue -5 and Skylar Strickland with four. Zach Engram scored six to lead Dodson, who dropped their seventh straight and failed to score over 24 points for the fourth consecutive game.

Saline Tourney (Quitman boys and girls)

After making the long trip to south Louisiana last weekend to battle two of the tougher Class B girls basketball teams in the state and then playing defending Division IV (Class A) state champion Ouachita Christian on Tuesday the Quitman girls needed a break. The Saline Tournament was just what the doctor ordered as the two opponents, Ringgold and home standing Saline, were winless on the year. As expected neither provided much trouble as Quitman beat Ringgold 52-21 this past Thursday and followed it up with a 42-28 victory over Saline on Friday. Cali Deal scored 21 and Bethany Leach added 11 to pace the Lady Wolverines against Ringgold.

To Saline’s credit after losing the first two games they gave the home fans plenty to cheer about on Saturday when they beat Ringgold 58-27 in a battle of non-winners. Prior the Lady Bobcats lost to Class 5A Haughton on Thursday 62-21 and Quitman 42-28 on Friday. Georgia Robinson led the way to the first win in ten tries by scoring 18 points.

The weekend results weren’t as good for the Quitman and Saline boys as the Wolverines lost all three of their games and Saline lost both of theirs. The Bobcats were slated to play another game on Saturday but the game was cancelled due to Hicks not coming back to the tourney after leaving on Friday. In fairness to both, they faced difficult draws as Quitman played Class A Ringgold, perineal Class B power Hicks and Class 5A Haughton while Saline faced off against not one but two Class 5A teams in Haughton and undefeated Ruston High, coached by Jonesboro native and former Weston athlete/coach Ryan Bond.

The Wolverines lost to Ringgold 48-39, Hicks 49-40 and Haughton 63-43 to see their season record evened at 5-5. Saline almost pulled a serious shocker as they forced Haughton into overtime and then only fell by a 54-53 score when the Buccaneers put a missed shot back in as time expired. The Ruston game was a different story though as the Bearcats won easily by a 60-30 score. As a testament to the prowess of Ruston this year they also beat Ringgold 74-20.

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