On January 8th, the Weskan Coyotes faced off against the St. Francis Indians. The basketball games kicked off at three o’clock p.m. with girls Junior Varsity playing a half game. The Coyotes fell 7-28. Next up the Junior Varsity boys took the court. After a hard-fought battle they too would take a loss, with the final score 28-33.
Starting at five o’clock p.m. the Varsity Girls lined up for tip-off. They fought long and hard. Brylee Aldridge brought in 15 points for the girls team. Laisha Herrera said, “We worked well as a team. You can see our improvement from the beginning of the season which is what matters.” The Coyotes worked and worked, but ended the game 29-57.
After the girls finished their game, the boys began warm-up and then started their game at 6:30. The gentlemen worked hard, but went into halftime with a score of 26-48. The Coyotes came out of the locker room, and tried their hardest in the third quarter.
Down 22 coming out, the boys closed the gap to 18 by the end of the third. As they fought through the fourth quarter, they eventually pulled ahead to 73-71, with Purple and White taking their first lead of the game. As the boys fought, the crowd inched to the edge of their seats as the fourth quarter started to run out and the boys stayed within two points of each other, trip after trip, up and down the court.
With 20 seconds left in the game, one of the Indians was called for an intentional foul, putting Bailey McQuillan on the line to shoot free throws. McQuillan missed the first, but made the second. With the Coyotes up two points, things were looking good. After another shot made, Dallas Seader was fouled and put on the line. He made both his free throws, leaving the score 76-73.
The Coyotes made another run with the ball to score and make it 78-73, and the game ended seconds later. Jace Mackley said, “It was an awesome game to be a part of. I wouldn’t have wanted to play it with anyone else and that’s a game that will stick with us all forever”. The boys scored a total of 32 points in the fourth quarter. Thanks to hard work from the whole team, they brought in another win to add to their record.
We would like to congratulate the Coyotes on a spectacular game and comeback, as well as wish them and the Lady Coyotes a good rest of the season!
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