The Newburg boys and girls basketball teams started their 2017 campaigns at Waynesville High School. The boys faced off against the Fatima Comets in the Frisco League-Show Me Show Down Challenge, while the girls played against Belle in the tournament that was played on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18-19. The Wolves won their game 61-56, while the girls fell 54-47. The Lady Wolves then got their first win of the season on Monday, Nov. 20 against Summersville 55-36.
The boys game was close throughout the night. The Comets had a 17-13 lead after the first quarter. The second quarter would also goto the Comets as they would come away with a couple of baskets at the end of the second to give them a 35-29 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter both teams would score twelve points each. The Wolves stayed close in the quarter thanks to five made free throws.
The fourth quarter is where the Wolves shined on the night. Thanks to a great pressure defense, Newburg outscored Fatima 19-9 in the quarter. Newburg had the perfect strategy in fouling the Comets, who only made four our of eight attempts in the quarter. The Wolves won the game 61-56 in a resilient season opener.
The leading scores for the Wolves were senior Landen Callahan, who scored 12 points. Senior Ryan Terry had an amazing game with scored 30 points in the great comeback win. Senior Travis McWilliams was the third Wolf, who scored six points to help secure the win in the end.
"Proud of the ways the guys hung around in this game and gave ourselves a chance at the end," said head coach Logan Ray. "Had some foul trouble and too many turnovers, but our defense stepped up the second half and we hit some big shots to beat a good Fatima team."
The Lady Wolves then gave the crowd one of the most exciting games of the night against the Belle Lady Tigers. This was also the first game of the season for both team.
The first quarter started about the same for both teams in scoring, the big visible difference was the number of players there were for each team. The Lady Wolves only had six players in the game, while Lady Tigers had 11. Kaylee Brookshire took charge of the Newburg team and scored nine of their 14 first quarter points in the game. The Lady Tigers scored 13 in a very close first quarter.
In the second half the Lady wolves began to run in to foul trouble as several of the girls had three found by the half and one had four. The Lady Wolves outscored the Lady Tigers 11 points to their seven in the quarter. The Wolves were leading 25-20.
The Lady Tigers came back in the third quarter and outscored Newburg 11-8 thanks to some key baskets. Newburg still held on to a 33-31 point lead.
The number of substitutions began to help the Lady Tigers as they were able to rotate in several girls in the fourth quarter and give their started a break. Belle came back in the send in a tying basket with just a second on the clock to tie it up at 43 points in the game.
The overtime period did not go as well as Newburg was hoping. They had nearly all their players with four fouls and was being slowed down by a strong in the of the game defense. The Belle Tigers also had an offensive explosion as they outscored the Lady Wolves 12-4. The final score was 54-47.
"The atmosphere was great and the kids enjoyed it, unfortunately we lost an overtime game," said Newburg head coach Jeff Atchison after the game.
The Leading scorers for the Lady Wolves were senior center Kaylee Brookshire who had 20 points. Freshman Guard Mara Sushanke played strong by adding 13 points in the game. Freshman Adrianna Williams added six points of her own.
The Lady Wolves followed the loss with a great game on Monday against Summersville. Brookshire was dominant in the paint with 24 points, while adding eight rebounds, six steals and four blocks. Kaylee Skinner was another standout in the win with 16 points and eight boards. Grace Affolter added another seven points with seven steals and five assists.
The Wolves played one more game before Thanksgiving, playing at Owensville on Tuesday, Nov. 21, but results were not available at press time. Their next game will be at Stoutland on Friday, Dec. 8. The girls are done until December, when they travel to Belle on Monday, Dec. 4.