This past week, the Weatherford Christian School Lions and Lady Lions faced district opponent Community Christian School on Jan. 14.
The Lady Lions easily handled Community, 47-14. WCS took a 9-0 lead in the first quarter and they never looked back.
Sophomore Judy Pope led the team with 17 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 block. Senior Ashleigh Garvin added 10 points, 9 steals, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists.
“This was a good, solid game for us,” said Coach Debby Steensma. “We passed well, found the open lanes, and played good defense.”
The Lions and Community fought to the very end with the Lions losing a close one, 54-51.
The teams went back and forth through the first quarter, but the Lions trailed 16-14. Community kept the lead all the way through the third quarter.
WCS settled down in the final quarter and went on a 12-2 run to take the lead, 49-44. With just over a minute remaining, Community retook the lead and hung on for the victory over the Lions.
Senior Patrick Binzer led the team with 27 points, 16 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals, and 4 blocks. Freshman Ryan Ellisor was solid with 8 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 block. Sophomore Austin Wheeling added 6 points and 6 rebounds.
“The positive in this game is that the boys did a good job of stopping their big man,” said Coach Jim Steensma. “What hurt us was that we did not stop [Community’s] outside penetration and we were not patient after we got the lead.”
Both teams returned to the court in another district matchup on Friday taking on Victory Baptist Academy.
The Lady Lions gave great effort, but they would lose, 46-39.
Heading into halftime, WCS trailed the Lady Patriots, 30-21. The Lady Lions came out strong in the third quarter, trailing by only two points, 34-32. Early in the fourth quarter, Victory extended their lead, 40-34. WCS, once again, cut the lead to just two points, 40-38. In the end, the Lady Lions could not stop Victory and come away with the win.
Pope finished the night with 11 points, 3 rebounds and 1 steal. Sophomores Hannah Burks and Keighley Parsons each added 7 points.
“I am proud of the girls for hustling and not quitting,” said Debby Steensma. “We just did not pass well and we could not hit our shots when we needed them.”
For the Lions, they dominated every quarter of the game, winning 72-12. Binzer was outstanding with 38 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and 1 block. Ellisor contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block.
“The main things the boys did a better job of tonight was better offensive execution, passing, and penetration,” said Jim Steensma. “Patrick did a great job of getting everyone involved.”
The Lions (3-7, 1-2) and Lady Lions (3-9, 1-1) will play again at home on Friday for Senior Night. The Lady Lions play Stonegate Christian Academy at 6 p.m. and the Lions take on district rival Cornerstone Academy at 7:30 p.m.