Weston girls waltz to Calvin Tournament Title

Could this be the year that the Weston High School girls make it to the “big dance”? As the season is still very young, the jury is still out on whether or not they can make it to or even win a state title. After this weekend one thing is known to be a fact though. The Lady Wolves have “waltzed” their way to a second straight tournament title in the early part of the 2022-23 campaign. All this in modern day record setting fashion too.

According to available records no WHS girls team has started a season 7-0 in at least the last 30 years before this season. There has also never been a team to average 66.43 points per game or score 50 points or better in the first seven games of the season during that time frame.

How are they making such beautiful “string music”? Taking a page from the hip-hop era, just call them “Run PMT” which stands for Peterson, McBride and Trosclair, who is averaging 45.3 points per game (ppg) between them. Emma Kate McBride leads the trio with a 16.6 ppg average and is shooting 49% from the field, which is fairly incredible considering she is a point guard. Briley Peterson checks in next at 15.7 ppg and with a 42% field goal percentage. Then there is “long range” Lainee Trosclair who is averaging 13.0 ppg and has already made an area leading, 19 three pointers. They don’t orchestrate the “scoring symphony” alone though as the deep team constructed by head coach Stacy Tucker has 8 other players that consistently make some noise too.

Weston rolled to the Calvin Tournament title by shooting down Saline 65-35 in the opener and then cruising past Choudrant 66-53 before clipping Calvin 52-47 in the finals. Next up for the Lady Wolves is possibly the sternest test yet as Weston travels to Class 3A Sterlington on Monday for their season opener and on Tuesday Weston will entertain undefeated Family Community Christian.

Weston 65 Saline 35 (Girls): Weston dominated Saline by the tune of 19-0 in the first quarter as they continued their torrid scoring pace to win their fifth straight to start the season and the opener of the Calvin Tournament on Thursday. Once again it was Lainee “Long Range” Trosclair who paved the way by scoring the first five Weston points to start the game and finishing with a game high 17 to go along with 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Included was three more 3-pointers that ups her area leading total to 16 on the year. Briley Peterson tallied 12 points and pulled down nine boards with Emma Kate McBride also reaching “double digits” with eleven. Nadia Siadek also played a key role as she registered her best game of the year in points and rebounds with seven and eight respectively. Jacie Ledford and Anslee Aldy both chipped in with six each while Lexie Millien and Jakayla Fourd added two apiece. The third straight loss dropped Saline to 1-4 on the year.

WHS (5-0) 19 15 12 19 – 65
SHS (1-4) 0 14 6 15 – 35
WHS Scoring: Trosclair 17, Peterson 12, McBride 11, Siadek 7, Ledford 6, Aldy 6, Millien 2, Fourd 2

Weston 66 Choudrant 53: Just like the game before, the Lady Wolves stormed out of the locker room to take a big lead, this time by scoring the first 11 points of the contest. By the end of the first quarter the lead had ballooned to 26-9 and Weston never looked back. Briley Peterson turned in a monster performance with 19 points and a career high 16 rebounds while adding six steals. Emma Kate McBride added 14 followed by Lexie Millien who tallied nine. Anslee Aldy scored five, Raelynn Shell four, and both Faith Beamesderfer and Lainee Trosclair who made three points apiece. Nadia Siadek scored two as did Tailan Bearden, which was her first points of the year.

WHS (6-0) 26 17 14 9 – 66
CHS (1-4) 9 20 16 13 – 53
WHS Scoring: Peterson 19, McBride 14, Millien 9, Aldy 5, Shell 4, Beamesderfer 3, Trosclair 3, Siadek 2, Bearden 2

Weston 52 Calvin 47: In what was a see-saw affair, Calvin gave the Lady Wolves the hardest game to date. ouyed by the home standing fans, Calvin jumped out to a 16-7 first quarter lead but Weston rallied to lead at the half 28-22. The difference in the game came in the third when after Calvin had come to withing 35-34 the Lady Wolves ran off nine straight to take a ten point lead that was good enough to withstand another attempt by Calving that narrowed the lead to the final five point advantage. Maybe it was because the Lady Wolves were tired after playing their third game in three days but for once, the shots weren’t falling demonstrated by making only 18 of 76 shots, a 24 % field goal percentage. From the three point line Weston was even worse hitting only 7 of 41 bombs (17%) far under their season average. Adding to the difficulty was 21 turnovers. Emma Kate McBride scored 20 and Lainee Trosclair 10 to lead Weston. Anslee Aldy canned seven, with both Lexie Millien and Briley Peterson scoring six. Faith Beamesderfer added three.

WHS (7-0) 7 21 16 8 – 52
CHS (3-3) 16 6 12 13- 47
WHS Scoring: McBride 20, Trosclair 10, Aldy 7, Millien 6, Peterson 6, Beamesderfer 3

Saline 63 Weston 29: (boys) Only three days after registering to a season low in points, Saline produced a new season high that gave the Bobcats their first victory of the year in six tries and kept Weston winless after three attempts.
Will Dyson led the way with 23 points, 17 coming in the first half that saw Saline bolt out to a 31-16 lead. Kenton Lee Crawford also reached double figures with a season high 11 followed by Shawn Staggs with nine. D.J. Rager-Radley chipped in with five as did Trent Ledbetter who added five steals and three assists in his first extended minutes of the year. Maddox Williams had 4, Gavon Dailey 3, Nathan Peoples 2 and Jer’Courtney Lard sank a free throw to round out the scoring.
Mitchell Mathews, finally back at full strength after suffering an ankle injury before the season started, scored eight to lead Weston with both Tait Henderson and Garret Nickerz chipping in with five. Jude Otwell added four, Ja’Michael Fourd tallied three and Byrce Zehr and Braden Theriot made a basket for the Wolves who established a new season low in point for the second straight game.
Saline (1-5) 10 21 23 9 – 63
Weston (0-3) 9 7 5 8 – 29
SHS Scoring: Dyson 23, Crawford 11, Staggs 9, Rager-Ridley 5, Ledbetter 5, Williams 4, Dailey 3, Peoples 2, Lard 1
WHS Scoring: Mathews 8, Henderson 5, Nickerz 5, Otwell 4, Fourd 3, Zehr 2, Theriot 2

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