Returning from Christmas break, the Weatherford Christian School Lions and Lady Lions returned to the court on Jan. 7. The Lions traveled to Granbury to play their first district game against Cornerstone Academy while the Lady Lions stayed at home and faced Christian Life Preparatory Academy.
The Lady Lions went back and forth with Christian Life, but they fell short in the end, losing 33-30. WCS was rolling at the end of the first quarter as they led, 12-5. However, the second quarter belonged to Christian Life as they outscored the Lady Lions, 15-2. WCS trailed at the half, 20-14.
After halftime, the Lady Lions bounced back and retook the lead in the third quarter, 25-24. In the fourth quarter, WCS could not hang on to win.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Fell led the way with 9 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Sophomore Judy Pope also had 9 points, along with 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 rebound.
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“We came out strong in the first quarter,” said Coach Debby Steensma. “In the second quarter, we could not make the adjustments or get any shots. We finally settled down in the second half, but we got into too much of hurry for our shots.”
For the Lions, they suffered a tough loss to Cornerstone, 58-38. Senior Patrick Binzer led the team with 25 points, 18 rebounds, 4 steals and 1 block.
“We came out nervous in the first quarter,” said Coach Jim Steensma. “But in the next three quarters, the boys settled down and did better. We outscored them the rest of the game, but it hurt us that we made too many mistakes early on.”
On Friday, the Lions and Lady Lions were on the road. The Lions traveled to Westlake to face Westlake Academy and the Lady Lions went to Irving to take on Stonegate Academy.
From the start of the game, the Lady Lions controlled it and cruised to a 38-17 victory.
Senior Ashleigh Garvin was outstanding with 13 points, 10 steals, 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Sophomore Hannah Burks was solid with 8 points and 9 rebounds while Fell added 8 rebounds and 3 blocks.
“This was a good game for the girls,” said Debby Steensma. “We did a better job of hitting our shots tonight as everyone on the team scored.”
The Lions went on to lose to Westlake, 51-23.
“Tonight, we could not execute our offense,” said Jim Steensma. “We made some of the same mistakes again from the [Cornerstone] game, but we struggled to break Westlake ’s press and zone defense.”
The WCS Lions’ and Lady Lions’ will play again on Friday at home against district opponents Victory Baptist. The Lady Lions play at 6 p.m. and the Lions play at 7:30 p.m.