WC Whitehead

Coyotes freshman point guard Chris Whitehead played a pivotal role in WC's comeback win against McLennan Wednesday, at Crumm Graber Athletic Center. Whitehead led in scoring and assists, while helping to provide plenty of defensive grief to the Highlanders down the stretch. WC beat McLennan 59-51 after trailing by seven at the half, and improved its conference record to 4-3..

 

By the break on Wednesday, the Weatherford College women had established a solid lead over McLennan College at the Crumm Graber Athletic Center, and showed no signs of letting up, extending their lead to a 30-point margin midway through the second half. The Lady Coyotes came out of the locker room taking advantage of the passing lanes while shredding McLennan’s defense in the process.

A full-court press slowed WC’s scoring binge temporarily in the final 10 minutes, but the Lady Coyotes adjusted and turned several possessions into fast-break opportunities, with WC freshman Ryan Green often on the receiving end. The Highlassies kept up the intensity through the end of the contest, but never threatened the Lady Coyotes lead as Weatherford won the conference match, 87-59. WC head coach Bob McKinley sat the starters with five minutes left.

McKinley, who is pulling double duty throughout the season as field general for the WC men and women, was joined on the bench during the Lady Coyotes game by men’s assistant Larry Holman, filling in for Reda Petraitis, who went into labor on Wednesday.

Green finished as the game’s high scorer, pouring in 26 points, as WC improved to 6-2 in the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference (NTJCAC). JohVanna Derrington also had a productive night, adding 18 points. Gigi Mazionyte was also in double digits, with 16. 

After a successful 3-game home stand producing as many victories, the Lady Coyotes return to the road on Saturday, playing Southwestern Christian at 2 p.m.

The Weatherford College men entered Wednesday’s contest needing a win to stay abreast or climb above a crowded pack in the standings, and to knock conference-leading McLennan down a notch.

Sporting a 7-point deficit coming out of the locker room for the second half, the Coyotes stepped up the defense to pull within two with 15 minutes left in the game, taking their first lead midway through the half on a basket from freshman forward Matt Qualls, the contest stayed tight to the end, with WC taking a 5-point lead in the last two minutes and holding on to win the NTJCAC match, 59-51.

WC scored by committee in the victory, with Chris Whitehead tallying 11 points to lead the way and a bevy of other Coyotes close behind.

The Highlanders drew first blood in the nightcap, sinking a long-range arc in their first possession and beginning the game with a 7-2 run. But the Coyotes answered with stouter defense to erase the margin. The Coyotes deployed a press seven minutes into the game, which broke the rhythm of McLennan’s offense and resulted in a 12-all tie midway through the opening period. 

Neither team had much luck finding a hot hand early, and McLennan held a 22-21 lead with four minutes and change left. The Highlanders put together a small run toward the end of the half and led 30-23 at the break.

The Coyotes improve to 4-3 in conference play and travel to play Southwestern Christian on Saturday.

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