Six times before the Weston High School girl’s and boys’ basketball teams lost one and won one on the same night. It happened again this past Thursday but for the first time all year, this time around it was the boys who came out victorious while the girls lost, both in close games, against Claiborne Christian.
Weston 68 Claiborne Christian 67 (boys): With head coach Jacob Otwell forced to patchwork a new starting lineup every night early in the year the Wolves lost six of their first seven. Now back at full strength, WHS has won four of the last seven including a season-best two in a row. Even more important is how the Wolves won the thrilling one-point contest, making their best rally of the year and having four players reach double figures for the first time all season. Promising even more future success is the late-game heroics by a pair of unsung heroes.
Bryce Zehr and Tait Henderson poured in eight and seven points respectively in the initial frame that ended with WHS trailing 22-21. Mitchel Mathews caught fire in the second and third quarters to score all but two of his 18 points in the contest but that was all the points scored other than a three-pointer in the 2nd and 3rd by Zehr and a third-quarter basket by Henderson as Weston entered the final frame trailing 53-45. Zehr scored five and Henderson four in the final frame but it was the unexpected contributions by Ja’Michael Fourd and Braden Theriot that made the difference. Fourd hit a pair of three-pointers and scored 8 of his season best, 10 points and Theriot tallied all six of his points in the decisive quarter as Weston rallied from being 8 points behind.
Final stats show Zehr leading the “double-digit” contention with 19 points that included five 3-pointers, followed by Mathews with 18, Henderson with 13, and Fourd with ten. Theriot had six and Jude Otwell scored two. The victory improved the Wolves to 5-9 on the year, while Claiborne Christian, who got 21 points and 6 three-pointers from AJ Allen, fell to 9-6.
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Claiborne Christian 44 Weston 42 (Girls): After coming from eight points behind at the half to take a four-point lead in the third period, the Lady Wolves had several shots to win it but couldn’t rally again at the end. Being held to just a season low, nine first-half points that included only two in the second quarter, Claiborne Christian took a 17-9 lead into intermission. With Briley Peterson exploding for 13 of her team-high 19 points in the third, Weston vaulted to a 29-24 lead but then went cold again as Claiborne Christian took a 34-31 lead heading into the final frame. Weston knotted the score at 36 but missed 6 of 7 field goals and six free throws down the stretch to fall to drop their third in the last five games that leaves them with a 13-4 record on the season. Jessica Newton was second in scoring behind Peterson with 9 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, one more than Lexi Millien who added 5 points on the night. Lainee Trosclair also had five and Emma Kate McBride finished with four. By winning their sixth straight Claiborne Christian improved to 10-3 and evened the season series with Weston at one apiece.
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Weston takes to the road for three of four games slated on a busy week ahead. On Monday, Weston travels to Dodson followed by the season series tiebreaker at Claiborne Christian on Tuesday. Another road trip, this time to Calvin takes place on Thursday before ending the week at home against Atlanta. All games are scheduled to begin at 6:00pm with the exception of the visit to Claiborne Christian contest that will tip off at 5:00pm for junior varsity action.
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