Quartet leads Lady Pirates in 59-41 win


Times Sports Editor


WRIGHT CITY - The Preston varsity basketball program kicked off its 2017-18 season here this past Friday against the host Lumberjax and Lady Jax.

Both PHS teams introduced new head coaches in Friday's season opener, as Scott McCullah has taken over the reigns of the Lady Pirate squad this season, while Jeff Weedn, who had been the Preston girls cage coach since 2011, became the Pirate boys basketball coach after longtime head coach Dirk Walden resigned this summer to take an administrative job at another county school.

The Lady Pirates awarded Coach McCullah his first coaching win with a 59-41 thumping of the host Lady Jax in the opening contest.

In the nightcap, the Pirates were unable to complete the sweep, suffering a 77-53 loss to the host Lumberjax.

Last Friday's meeting with Wright City was a rematch of last year's quarterfinal showdown in Mustang in which the Lumberjax came out victorious by a 56-52 margin.

Next up for the Preston cage squads will be a home battle this Friday against the Dale Pirates and Lady Pirates. The girls game will begin the home opener at 6:30 p.m., followed by the boys contest at approximately 8 p.m.

In the girls contest last Friday, the Lady Pirates came out of the opening period with an 18-7 advantage. The visitors then marched into halftime with a 36-16 margin after doubling up the Lady Jax 18-9 in the second stanza.

Both teams put up 13 points in the third quarter to send the contest into the final eight minutes of action with Preston still in front by 20 points, 49-29.

Wright City came out of the final frame with a narrow 12-10 margin, making the final outcome, 59-41, in favor of the visiting Preston Lady Pirates.

The Lady Pirates had four players reach double figures in the season-opening win. Marian Lewis led the Preston scoring with 12 points. Lewis was followed by Samantha Hack with 11. The duo of Abbie Long and Aiyonna Tecumseh closed out the double-digit scoring for the Lady Pirates with 10 points each. Other PHS scorers against Wright City were Ahmiah Tiger with eight, Makayla Scott four, Anna Raley three, and Aaliyah Harrison one.

In the boys game last Friday, the Pirates trailed 26-18 after one and 43-32 at the intermission. The Preston squad was outscored 16-7 and 18-14, respectivley, in the final two quarters to suffer the 77-53 setback.

C.J. Cochran was the top scorer for Preston with a team-best 23 points. Newcomer Turner Howk was next in the scoring for the Pirates with eight, followed by J. Scot Fife with seven. Other Preston scorers in the season opener were the trio of Jarron Williams, Juan Zavala, and Billy Hudson with four each and Sammy Dailey with three.


Girls Game

Preston 59, Wright City 41

Preston       - 18 - 18 - 13 - 10         (59)

Wright City -   7 -   9 - 13 - 12         (41)

Preston Scoring: Marian Lewis 12, Samantha Hack 11, Abbie Long 10, Aiyonna Tecumseh 10, Ahmiah Tiger 8, Makayla Scott 4, Anna Raley 3, Aaliyah Harrison 1.


Boys Game

Wright City 77, Preston 53

Preston       - 18 - 14 -   7 - 14         (53)

Wright City - 26 - 17 - 16 - 18         (77)

Preston Scoring: C.J. Cochran 23, Turner Howk 8, J. Scot Fife 7, Jarron Williams 4, Juan Zavala 4, Billy Hudson 4, Sammy Dailey 3.

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