Webster boys advance to area tournament with win over Cascia Hall
BY BARRY LEWIS World Sports Writer
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
2/26/13 at 6:09 AM
Webster senior guard Anthony Wilson didn't get much sleep overnight and had a hard time focusing on his classes Monday before the Warriors' Class 4A regional consolation final against Cascia Hall.
For the first time in many seasons, the Warriors entered the playoffs with the view that anything less than reaching the area tournament would be a major disappointment. Webster set the bar high after qualifying for the area tournament last year.
"I was so nervous," Wilson said. "All I was doing last night and at school was thinking about the game. There was a lot of pressure, but I am relieved now."
Wilson scored a game-high 15 points to help lead the host Warriors past Cascia Hall 52-49 at Bill Allen Field House.
Kortney Smith added 12 points for Webster (14-13), which led the entire game and advances to play Miami in the area tournament at Skiatook at 3 p.m. Thursday. Bryce Carter had 12 points and Saxon Bryant scored 11 for Cascia, which finished at 10-14.
"I like that there are high expectations now and we feel that we should be there at the area tournament," Webster coach Scott Bowman said.
The Warriors, who have won three in a row since losing their playoff opener, led 40-30 late in the third quarter before Cascia reeled off six straight points. Wilson was sidelined for the last part of that run with four fouls before returning for the final four minutes.
"We've got to keep Anthony on the court as much as possible because he guards the other team's best player and runs our offense," Bowman said. "He's a big part of our team."
Bryant's basket cut the Commandos' deficit to 41-38 with three minutes left, but they couldn't get any closer after a missed 3-pointer on their next possession.
After Webster's Jake Arterburn and Cascia's Adam Outlaw traded baskets, Webster freshman Kairee Cooks and Wilson made two free throws each. Cooks sank two free throws and Arterburn added a basket to cap an 8-1 run that made it 51-41.
Cascia ended with an 8-1 run in the final 35 seconds. Carter made a 3-pointer with three seconds left, but time ran out without Webster having to inbounds the ball.
"Now we want to do better than we did last year and win the first game of area," Wilson said.
Berryhill 58, Webster 39 (girls): Ashley Williams scored 25 points, making all 15 of her free throws to help Berryhill win the regional consolation title.
Alyssa May added 10 points for Berryhill (19-8), which advances to play Victory Christian in the area tournament at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Skiatook.
Chasity Asberry had 12 points and Jasmine Calvert scored 10 to lead Webster (12-14).
Williams, who averages 16.3 points, scored six in the first quarter as Berryhill jumped to a 20-6 lead and was never threatened. She had 11 points in the fourth quarter as Webster did not get closer than 14 points in the last eight minutes.
WEBSTER 52, CASCIA HALL 49
Cascia Hall (10-14): Carter 12, Bryant 11, Outlaw 9, Hedrick 8, Kaltenbacher 5, Daugherty 4.
Webster (14-13): Wilson 15, Smith 12, Arteburn 8, Cooks 8, Rivera 5, Villa 4.
BERRYHILL 58, WEBSTER 39 (girls)
Berryhill (19-8): Williams 25, May 10, Belveal 8, Boone 5, Cramer 5, Melton 3, Green 2.
Webster (12-14): Ch. Asberry 12, Calvert 10, Jackson 7, Ci. Asberry 5, Jones 3, Barnett 2.
Original Print Headline: Webster boys advance, beating Cascia Hall
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