It doesn’t matter if it is varsity or junior high competition. It doesn’t matter the sport. As soon as the players from these two schools receive their schedule there are two games that are immediately circled. Quitman at Weston and Weston at Quitman.
While the two Jackson Parish rivals have played each other already during early season junior high tournaments, the first of the home and home series was played on Tuesday.
Round one goes to the Weston girls 38-27 and the Quitman boys 54-28.
Both won in similar style by taking big early leads that held up as Weston jumped out to an 11-2 lead and the QJH boys exploded for a 16-2 advantage. Both had impressive moments in the second half as well with the Lady Wolves winning both the third and fourth quarters and the Wolverines closing out the boys contest by outscoring Weston 12-4 in the final frame.
Weston 38 Quitman 27: Gracie Gray and Brylee Cuthrell scored three each, Carlyn Waters and Marcela Gonzales hit a basket and Teegan Hall added a free throw to give Weston the commanding first quarter lead. Quitman rallied to make a game of it in the second on five points by Kinsley Ponder, two from Brenna Lamkin and a charity shot from Brealyn Patton as the two teams went into the break with Weston leading by a 15-11 score.
“I was very happy with the way our girls played. They played hard and really got after it,” said Tolar. “We have been improving every game.”
Carly Jo Griffin took over in the third for the Lady Wolves scoring nine of her game high 11 points as Weston re-established the nine point advantage at 30-21. Four points by Hall and two points each by Gray and Cuthrell, who tallied a pair of three pointers in the contest offset baskets by Lamkin, Ponder, and London Burks in the final quarter.
Quitman head coach Kyle Leach refused to use the fact that leading scorer Hallie Kate Pullig (pneumonia) and defensive stopper, Breelyn Boone (ankle) wasn’t available for the contest.
“I don’t want to take anything away from Weston,” said Leach. They played great and deserved to win.”
Weston improved to 10-5 on the year while Quitman lost for just the second time in 13 contests, ironically both to Weston which leaves the season series tied at 2-2 with one game to go.
“We have one more with them to see who will take bragging rights,” reminded Leach. “It should be a good one.”
The two teams will play again on September 26th in Quitman.
QJH Scoring: Ponder 9, Lamkin 8, Patton 5, Burks 4, Blalock 1
Quitman 54 Weston 28: (boys) With four points each, Hayden Seymore and Luke Rowe both scored more than the Weston team in the first quarter which got only a Colt Guyotte basket. Seven points by Mathew Odom and a 3- pointer each by Joseph Delaney and Caden Jackson helped the Wolverines take a commanding 33-15 lead at the break. Ten players in all scored for Quitman while Lukas Bandy hit a pair of three pointers to lead Weston with 11 points.
QJH Scoring: Rowe 10, Odom 9, Delaney 9, Seymore 7, Thomas 4, Maxwell 4, E. Jackson 4, C. Jackson 3, Goss 2, Schut 2
Saline boys win “Battle of Bienville”
Gibsland Junior High dressed out 18 players in their boys contest against Saline on Tuesday. After one period of play, nary a one had scored! The Bobcats on the other hand posted 14 and never looked back in their 50-22 “Battle of Bienville” parish victory.
Elijah Calloway and Brandon Robinson did most of the damage for Saline with 23 and 14 points respectively followed by five points from Hayden Laborde, which included the Bobcats only three pointer of the contest. Gavin Bellard finished with four and both Rylon Mauthe and Eduardo Quintario tallied two each
Quitman and Weston both will take part in the Claiborne Christian Tournament in West Monroe played on Thursday, September 14th and Friday, September 15th. Times and matchups were not available at time of press.