By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
The Lady Patriots of Winston Academy nearly pulled off an impressive sweep of all three of their games last week, but instead dropped a 47-44 decision to visiting Starkville Academy on Friday night.
Earlier in the week the Lady Pats had taken road wins over Oak Hill (48-43) and Tri-County (46-45), but found themselves trailing Starkville 29-16 at the half and 39-25 in the third quarter. But Winston outscored Starkville 19-8 in the final quarter to close the final margin to just three points.
The Winston Academy boys lost to Oak Hill 70-38, Tri-County 65-55 and Starkville 49-41. The WA boys and girls were set to visit Heritage Academy in Columbus on Tuesday night and then take the trip to Decatur on Friday to face Newton County Academy.
Winston will play host to the district tournament next week, with games being played on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. The WA boys will open play against either Oak Hill or Canton at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, while the second-seeded Lady Pats will play at 6:30 p.m. on Friday against the winner of the Oak Hill-Manchester game, which will be played on Tuesday.
Darby Nowell pumped in 15 points to lead the Winston girls past Oak Hill, while Marianne Ward had 11 and Katie McCool 10.
The Lady Patriots trailed Tri-County 30-16 at the half, but outscored TCA 16-5 in the third quarter behind a trio of three-pointers from Madeleine Kirkpatrick. Winston then won the fourth quarter 14-10 to take the one-point win.
Ward led the winners with 19 points, while Kirkpatrick had nine and Katie McCool eight. Ward scored 15, Nowell 14 and McCool 12 in the loss to Starkville Academy.
Carter Jones scored 14 points and Brock Baker 10 in the Patriots’ loss to OHA, while Jones had 23 points and seven rebounds against Tri-County. Baker added 12 points and 14 rebounds for WA against TCA, while Miles Johnson pulled down 10 boards.
Baker had 11 points and four rebounds against the Volunteers of Starkville Academy, while Jones had 10 points and four boards and Johnson had eight points and nine rebounds.