It is said that the goal of every coach is to have their team peak at the right time. If that is the case, then the boys and girls brain trust at Quitman and Weston have to be pleased with the way their teams are playing heading into district play.
To a squad they are all playing their best ball of the season as evidenced by the outcomes of the games played the last two week. On the girls side, Weston has won a season best six straight. Quitman has won four in a row and 13 of their last 15 with the only losses being to undefeated Cedar Creek and Class 5A Haughton. The boys teams are on a roll as well with Quitman winning their last four and eight of the last ten and Weston winning five of their last seven that included a season best four game winning streak.
At Quitman it has been the play of underclassmen and unsung senior players who are coming into their own that has been the catalyst for the uprising. Weston has seen the emergence of an expected leader come back from an injury to lead the way.
In particular there was freshman Gavin Caskey making ten three pointers to lift the Wolverines to a win over 75-40 win over Castor. This was followed up by Sophomore Logan Ponder canning seven bombs to pace the way to a 63-54 win over Saline. Then there was senior Bailey Keys, who stepped up when two starters were out to turn in his best game of the season by scoring 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pave the way to a 66-42 victory over FCCS.
Leading the way for Weston is Davis Tolar, who suffered a horrendous ankle injury earlier in the year only to work extremely hard to get back. The result is back-to-back double figure scoring games, including a season best 24 points in the 69-59 win over Castor.
Briley Peterson scored 19 and Lainee Trosclair added 15 to pace the Lady Wolves to a 58-49 victory over Castor. It marked the ninth straight game Weston has scored 50 or more points. While Weston is winning through long-range shooting it is the emergence of Sophomore post player, Cali Deal, that is paying dividends for the Lady Wolverines. Deal led the team with 17 and 18 points in consecutive victories over Saline (64-53 and FCCS (56-20).