By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
The Lady Patriots of Winston Academy fell just two quarters short of upsetting top-ranked Leake Academy on Saturday, before dropping a 44-35 decision.
WA, now 14-5 overall and 4-1 in league action, held a 18-11 lead after one quarter and was up 19-14 at the half, before Leake outscored the Lady Patriots 30-16 in the second half to take the win.
Marianne Ward led the Lady Pats with 16 points and eight rebounds in the game, while Darby Nowell had seven points and eight boards and Hayden Hudspeth scored six points to go with seven rebounds.
Ward pumped in 16 points two nights earlier to push Winston to a 64-23 win over Manchester. WA led the Lady Mavericks 25-4 after one quarter of play and 44-15 at the half. Katie McCool had eight points for the winners in the game, while Hudspeth and Madeleine Kirkpatrick scored seven apiece.
The Winston Academy boys and girls will return to action in the Magnolia Heights Classic Dec. 26-28.
In recent action the WA boys lost to Kirk 51-30, Tri-County 51-41 and Manchester 46-42. No results were reported for the Patriots’ games against Manchester on Dec. 19 and Leake on Dec. 21.
WA head boys coach Cory Burns said his team is coming together, but just needs a couple breakthrough games.
The Patriots fell behind Manchester 13-2 early, then fought back to cut it to 43-42 with 45 seconds left before falling just short.
“It was good that we fought back and made a game of it,” Burns said. “If we can just put together a whole game, we will be fine. We are getting there.”
Carter Lane Jones led WA with 15 points and eight rebounds against Manchester, while Brock Baker had 14 points and 17 boards.
The Patriots held a lead against Tri-County midway through the fourth quarter before falling by 10 points. Baker led WA with 16 points and eight rebounds. He had a 20-point, seven rebound effort against Kirk.