With a good full week of practice, the Weatherford Christian School Lions and Lady Lions traveled to Mineral Wells on Friday to face Community Christian School .
The Lady Lions started off slow, but they picked it up in the end, winning 51-32.
After three quarters of play, WCS led 25-22. Shortly into the fourth quarter, Community closed in on the Lady Lions’ lead, as WCS led 30-28. WCS settled down, outscoring Community 21-4 in the rest of the quarter.
Sophomore Keighley Parsons led the team with 14 points and 2 steals. Sophomore Kaitlyn Fell was solid with 10 points and 4 steals. Sophomore Hannah Burks also had 10 points.
“Early on, we did not communicate on defense and we did not make good shot selections,” said Coach Debby Steensma. “Once we started pressing, the girls took care of business. They got their confidence back and got the job done.”
The Lions played a very tight and physical game as they came away with the win, 41-33.
At halftime, WCS trailed Community, 17-12. Still trailing by 5 points, 21-16, near the end of the third, the Lions picked up momentum through Community’s mistakes. Senior Isaiah Brazeal, a starter for Community, fouled out. Two possessions later, WCS senior Patrick Binzer cut the margin to three points after hitting free throws for a technical foul committed by Community. The Lions were then behind, 21-18.
WCS pushed ahead in the fourth quarter, as the Lions quickly took the lead, 22-21. WCS held on to the lead for the rest of the game.
Binzer led the team with 20 points, 15 rebounds, 6 steals, and 3 assists.
“The boys’ preparations showed tonight,” said Coach Jim Steensma. “Abraham Hernandez and Chandler Hill wore Community down in the paint. Once we went to our press defense, our guards, Cooper Bomar, Austin Wheeling, and Austin Norman helped change the game. Also, Patrick came up big in the end for us.”
WCS will return to action on Friday as they travel to take on Azle Christian School. The Lady Lions (5-10, 2-2) will play at 6 p.m. and the Lions (4-9, 2-4) will play at 7:30 p.m.