Over the weekend, the Weatherford Christian School Lions and Lady Lions basketball teams participated in the Hill School Tournament in Fort Worth.
In the Lady Lions’ first game on Thursday, WCS took on Christian Life Preparatory. The Lady Lions fell behind in the first quarter, and they spent the rest of the game trying to crawl back into it. In the end, the Lady Lions’ efforts were not enough as they lost, 32-28.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Fell led the team with 14 points, 3 steals, and 1 block. Sophomore Hannah Burks added 7 points while senior Ashleigh Garvin provided the team with 6 steals.
“I appreciate the girls for not quitting out there,” said Coach Debby Steensma. “It hurt us that we took too long to make our decisions and we could not seem to make adjustments on defense.”
For the Lions’ first game against Weatherford Express, it was a fight to the finish. After trailing by five points at the end of the third quarter, WCS took the lead, 64-60, with a 1:20 left in the game. In that span of time, Express came back to beat the Lions, 65-64.
Senior Patrick Binzer was “outstanding” with 43 points, 15 boards, 3 steals, and 1 block.
“Throughout the game, their height gave us problems,” said Coach Jim Steensma. “The things we still need to improve on is spacing on defense and making adjustments on both sides of the ball.”
The next day, both the Lions and Lady Lions faced the Hill School Hawks.
The Lady Lions came out strong from the very beginning, leading at the end of the first quarter, 11-5. From that point, WCS kept the lead as they won, 40-16.
Burks led the team with 13 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 steals. Garvin added 6 points, 6 steals, 4 rebounds, and 1 block.
“This was a good game for the girls,” said Debby Steensma. “The girls reacted and understood what I asked of them. They also did a good job of making the adjustments they needed to.”
The Lions, on the other hand, struggled in their second game of the tournament. After quickly falling behind in the first quarter, 6-2, WCS could not come from behind. The Lions went on to lose, 61-42.
Binzer had 18 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 block. Sophomore Austin Wheeling was solid with 10 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals.
“[Hill] shot lights out,” said Jim Steensma. “We struggled tonight to stop their outside shots and we did not communicate underneath the basket.”
The Lions and Lady Lions returned to Fort Worth Saturday for their final games.
The Lady Lions played Weatherford Express, but lost, 38-31. WCS led at the end of the first quarter, 10-9, but Express took the lead at halftime, 22-15. The Lady Lions tried to make a run at the end of the fourth quarter, but came up short.
Garvin had 7 steals and 6 assists and she was recognized on the all-tournament team. Burks added 8 points and 6 rebounds.
“I am proud of Ashleigh,” said Debby Steensma. “She deserved to be recognized. The girls ended on a strong note.”
The Lions faced Trinity Christian Academy. WCS came out strong and led at halftime, 29-21. The Lions struggled in the second half, losing 46-40.
Binzer finished with 31 points, 12 boards, and 2 steals. He was also named to the all-tournament team.
“We penetrated early, but we just could not keep it up,” said Jim Steensma. “We lost control in the third quarter. The team made silly mistakes and they could not hang on to rebounds.”
Both teams pick up again after Christmas break. The Lions play on the road against Granbury Cornerstone Academy. Girls play Christian Life Preparatory at home.