By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
The Winston Academy Lady Patriots took a 10-4 record and a three-game winning streak into this week, as they were set to host Kirk Academy and Tri-County Academy on Monday and Tuesday before traveling to Yazoo City on Friday to face Manchester Academy.
The Lady Pats opened play last week with a solid 38-14 road win over Lamar School in Meridian, before downing Newton County Academy 66-20 at home and then knocking off league foe Canton Academy 60-23 in another road contest.
Winston led Lamar 10-2 after one quarter and 23-4 at the half on the way to the easy win. Darby Nowell led the way with nine points, 13 rebounds and four assists, while Marianne Ward scored nine points to go with nine boards and three assists. Katie McCool had six points and five boards for the winners, while Courtney Morgan scored five points.
The Lady Patriots also jumped out to a big lead last Tuesday, leading NA 25-5 after one quarter and never checking up until the fourth quarter. Nowell scored 15 points and dealt out five assists for the winners in the game, while Hayden Hudspeth had 12 points and three assists. McCool scored eight points and pulled down five rebounds, while Ward had seven points and five assists.
Winston led Canton 15-8 after one quarter and 26-13 at the half, before outscoring the home team 34-10 in the second half to put the game away.
Hudspeth had 12 points and six assists for Winston, with Ward scoring 11 points and Nowell recording nine points, eight rebounds and four assists. McCool and Courtney Prisock scored six points each for the winners, while McCool had nine rebounds and WA as a team forced Canton into 26 turnovers.
The Winston Academy boys lost all three of their contests last week, falling to Lamar 50-36, NCA 50-30 and Canton 57-35.
“The main thing is we just aren’t scoring many points,” said WA head coach Cory Burns. “The last week we finally got our whole team here and we played better, but we just haven’t started to jell yet and we are having way too many turnovers.”
Payson Roberts and Brock Baker scored six points each in the loss to Lamar, while Baker had 10 points against Newton County Academy.
Carter Lane Jones led WA with 10 points in the loss to Canton, while Miles Johnson pulled down 15 rebounds.
“One quarter just seems to kill us,” Burns said. “And it’s not always the same one.”