Local preps take holiday break, early season stat leaders recognized

When coaches think about a prep basketball season, one way they look at it is by breaking it down into different sections. First, there is the early season before the Thanksgiving holiday break kick in. Normally that will run between 8-12 games depending on how many a school plays in the various tournaments they enter. Then there is roughly the same number of games that will be played up to the Christmas break followed by the stretch run which is composed of a few games followed by the district schedule.

With the first “section” in the bag, let’s take a look at how the girls and boys at Quitman and Weston fared along with who is leading in individual statistical categories. if you are wondering about Jonesboro-Hodge, they don’t play their first game until November 29th.

Weston girls: With a 10-1 record, the Lady Wolves claim the most wins in the first section of the season. Weston set a new school record for the start of a season by winning their first nine games and their impressive 63.2 points per game scoring average are more points than ever before at this stage of the season. Currently ranked #10 in Division V, where so many small school powers reside, the Lady Wolves are the highest-ranked team from North Louisiana. 

Quitman girls: While at 7-2 the record is not quite as good as their fellow neighboring district 1B rival, Quitman’s strength of schedule, especially in the last five games, makes their mark just as impressive. The two losses are to a pair of south Louisiana powers and last week the Lady Wolverines took down Class 2A Winnfield and perennial Class A power Ouachita Christian, who over the last 3+ seasons has compiled a 96-8 record. At #19 in the Division V power ratings, the Lady Wolverines are the 4th highest-ranked team in north Louisiana. 

Quitman boys: Win one, lose one, win again! That has been the season story for the Wolverines to date en route to their 5-4 record. Being the fact that only three games have been played at home, including two at their “|new” home, the JHHS gymnasium while their gym is getting renovated the record is pretty impressive. 

Weston boys: The Wolves started the season by losing their first four but have shown improvement by winning two of the last four as losses of key personnel played a big role in the slow start. The future is promising as the problem with scoring seems to be rectified. After averaging only 41 points per game over the first four contests, Weston averaged 60.25 in the last four. against a stronger schedule. 

Girls Individual Stat Leaders

CATEGORY FIRST SECOND
Points per game Emma Kate McBride (WHS) – 14.6 Cali Deal (QHS) – 14.4
Rebounds per game Briley Peterson (WHS) – 9.6 Cali Deal (QHS) – 7.0
Assists per game Emma Kate McBride (WHS) – 3.9 Bethany Leach (QHS) 2.8
Steal per game Lainee Trosclair (WHS) – 3.0 Briley Peterson (WHS) – 2.9
Three Pointers made Bethany Leach (QHS) – 33 Lainee Trosclair (WHS) – 27

Boys Individual Stat Leaders

CATEGORY FIRST SECOND
Points per game Bryce Zehr (WHS) – 12.7 Logan Ponder (QHS) – 12.0
Rebounds per game Blake Carter (QHS) – 10.1 n/a


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