Starkville Daily News

Lady Wolverines ready to visit Big House early


It will be an early wake-up call for the East Webster Lady Wolverines today at the Big House. They don't mind one big. That's because the Lady Wolverines are still playing and have reached the semifinals in Class 2A. East Webster takes on Heidelberg at 10:30 a.m. inside the Mississipp­i Coliseum in Jackson.

The goal of any high school basketball team in Mississipp­i is to reach the Big House at this time of year and the Lady Wolverines have accomplish­ed that goal under head coach Courtney O'briant-wright.

“As a first time head coach, it means a lot, especially with these girls because I've been around them since they were in the seventh grade,” O'briantwrig­ht said about playing at the Mississipp­i Coliseum. “Some of them I coached in junior high when I was the head coach in junior high.”

East Webster (23-10) punched its ticket to the Big House with two impressive victories in the second and third rounds. After receiving a bye, the Lady Wolverines knocked off New Site at home 62-54 and then defeated Baldwyn 54-38 at Mississipp­i Valley State last Wednesday.

O'briant-wright. has enjoyed watching the Lady Wolverines improve and there wasn't a major adjustment in her first year as head coach.

“The girls keep coming out and doing what they are supposed to,” O'briant-wright said. “They trusted me to do what I've been doing for them and they just had my back on the court. That's all you can ask for from players.”

O'briant-wright said the leadership from players like Da'nasia Logan, Madeline Warn, Shameriah Culpepper and Nekendra Pattrerson has been a key in the postseason.

“They just give the team confidence and have the mindset that they can do it if they do what they are supposed to,” O'briant-wright said. “They encourage one another and that's the team atmosphere and chemistry right now.”

Logan hit seven out her 15 shots from the field and made three out of four free-throw attempts for 18 points against Baldwyn. She has averaged 19.3 points in the last three games and has been chosen the OCH Regional Medical Center Athlete of the Week for the second-straight time.

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