West Union earns Homecoming split with East Webster

Marley Long of West Union pulls up for a jumper over Bailey Bogue's screen during Monday's homecoming loss to East Webster. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Marley Long of West Union pulls up for a jumper over Bailey Bogue’s screen during Monday’s homecoming loss to East Webster. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

By Dennis Clayton
West Union had to wait over the weekend to celebrate Homecoming festivities and basketball due to the inclement weather, but on Monday they finally were able to see it through. West Union hosted East Webster in a non-division matchup and the Eagles won 56-41 while the Lady Eagles were defeated 45-38.
West Union boys coach Tim Henderson said, “We made some adjustments at half and that seemed to open some things up. We started the game rusty and missed several layups and free throws that could have cost us the game. We played hard and found other ways to win.”
West Union enjoyed the early 14-7 lead after one period of play, but East Webster fought back in the second quarter and took a 21-20 lead into the half on a last second goal.
Tyler Wooley hit a couple of three-pointers in the third quarter and Hunter Jennings also chipped in a three to help West Union regain the lead as the Eagles led 38-33 after three quarters of play. The Eagles scored 18 points in each quarter of the second half to seal the win with Wooley pacing the scoring with 22 points and Jennings adding 12. Wooley hit three three-pointers, with Jennings and Chase Cooper adding one apiece. East Webster was led by Malcomb Jones with 20 points and Samuel Butler’s 14.
East Webster to the early lead in the girls’ game and West Union just was not able to mount the comeback needed to overtake them. West Union closed the margin to four late in the game, but East Webster had a couple of runs to stretch the lead and finished with a 45-38 victory.
Coach Matt Thompson of West Union said “Their (East Webster) zone gave us problems, we just didn’t attack it enough. We just didn’t play well tonight.”
East Webster led 12-9 after the first quarter and extended their advantage to 22-13 at the half. Julianna Garner paced the Lady Eagles with 20 points and Garner also recorded three 3-pointers. Marley Long also chipped in a three. East Webster was lead by Quantesha Patterson’s 20. The Lady Eagles’ record now stands at 6-3 with the loss.

About Dennis Clayton

I cover high school sports in Union County and occasionally contribute sports articles to sister community newspapers of Journal Inc. I have lived in Union County my entire life and strive to use my articles to promote our players, teams and schools. Follow me on Twitter: @denclayton for scores and updates on our local high school teams.