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Wakefield girls basketball edges Leesville Road, Pride boys top Wolverines

Midway through the season, Wakefield’s girls basketball team is focusing on the little things.

With senior point guard Jordyn Cobb back in action, the Wolverines held off Leesville Road for a 51-49 win Friday to snap a four-game losing streak placing Wakefield alone at third place in the Cap Eight standings.

“We needed to concentrate tonight on doing the little things,” Wakefield coach Art Wollett said. “We average turning the ball over 22 times a game. I said let’s limit it to three a quarter. We’ll take baby steps here.

“Now we’ve got to do a better job of game management at the end of the game. We don’t need to be shooting those layups. We need to be letting the clock run out, so there are some lessons there, but it’s good when you have those lessons and you end up with a W.”

Wakefield (6-9, 4-2 Cap Eight) opened the fourth quarter with a 7-2 run, but Leesville Road’s Kelly Funderburk tried to keep her team in it, scoring seven of her game-high 18 points in the fourth quarter.

The Pride (9-7, 2-4) pulled within a possession with a half second left on the clock, but Leesville’s attempt to draw a charge as Wakefield inbounded the ball after a timeout was unsuccessful.

“It was a good effort,” Leesville Road coach Hal Wertich said. “We didn’t shoot particularly well tonight and the one thing we didn’t do well in the second half was have the discipline to run our offense.”

The loss was the third time the Pride have fallen short by two points or less in conference play this season.

“You keep piling on experience, but sooner or later you want to break through and be on the winning side,” Wertich said. “We’ve got to do some things better. We’ve got to rebound better, but we’ve got to give their girls credit for making their free throws down the stretch.”

Wakefield hit nine of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter. Sarah Moody, who finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Wolverines, went 5 of 6 from the line.

Cobb led the Wolverines with 15 points, and Tinasha Horton added 11.

Wakefield closes the first half of the conference season at Heritage on Wednesday.

Lauren McNamara-Clement contributed 13 points for Leesville.

Hunter leads Pride surge over Wakefield boys

Leesville sophomore Alex Hunter’s 22 points lead the Pride to a 67-51 win at Wakefield.

The Pride started hot, outscoring the Wolverines 22-9 in the first quarter, and never lost control to push Leesville Road (9-7, 5-1) to its fourth straight conference win.

They will host conference-leader Millbrook on Wednesday with hopes of handing the Wildcats their first conference loss to force a tie for first place heading into the back stretch of the regular season.

“We have to just keep building forward,” Leesville Road coach Russ Frazier said. “We’re one at a time. We’re in the same place that we’ve been for the past three years now. We’ve played the toughest of the tough and we get into conference play and we seem to be doing what we’re supposed to do.”

Ben Zemonek and Eric Scollard added 18 and 13 points, respectively, for the Pride.

“Whenever we have everyone contributing in different way, especially in points, we’re a great team and hard to stop.”

Thirty-six of Wakefield’s 51 points came from behind the 3-point line in the game, but the Wolverines trailed by double-digits for most of the game.

Antonio Patterson led Wakefield with 17 points. Stefon Hill added 12.