Girls basketball: Webbers Falls wallops Oaks-Mission for the fourth time this season
WEBBERS FALLS — Familiarity.
The Webbers Falls and Oaks-Mission High girls basketball teams had previously faced each other three times this season heading into Tuesday night's Riverside Conference game including playing five nights prior against one another.
Like the other three, Webbers Falls came out on top.
The junior trio of Shianne Garrison, Madison Carter and Haley Cato combined to outscore Oaks-Mission by themselves as Webbers Falls topped Oaks-Mission 56-39 for the fourth time this year.
Garrison scored a game-high 18 points, Carter 13 and Cato 11.
“I thought we did pretty good, I was little nervous there in the first quarter,” Garrison said. “It was kind of sloppy and a little slow and wasn't going the way we wanted it. Halftime we kicked it into gear and finally got it.”
Webbers Falls never trailed in the game but was only up five after the first quarter.
It was the second and third quarter when Webbers Falls starting hitting some shots and full court pressure took effect against Oaks-Mission.
Webbers Falls (11-4) who is ranked No. 13 in Class B, was leading 16-7 with 5:31 left in the second quarter went on a 10-3 run before going into halftime leading 28-15.
“I think we know what they are going to do, we've been planning for it,” Carter said. “We were prepared for them.”
Oaks-Mission (5-5) was not prepared for the full court pressure from Webbers Falls.
Webbers Falls was able to parlay several steals from their press into easy layups and the momentum kept rolling for the home team.
“Our press was really working that third quarter,” Cato said. “Our shots were falling (too) so that helped.”
Webbers Falls held Oaks-Mission to only three points in the third quarter and the home team extended their lead from 13 at the half to 28 after three.
“The press got them,” Garrison said. “That's what helped us a little bit and work towards our advantage.”
Webbers Falls came into the game off a third-place finish in their host tournament the Arkansas River Shootout where they defeated Porum 50-43 to finish in third-place.
“The tournament was tough but we came out ready to play today,” Cato said.
Webbers Falls feels they much improved from a year ago and with team that features no seniors they are continuing to only get better.
Webbers Falls has yet to reach their full potential they feel and hope to do so in mid to late February.
“We haven't peaked yet,” Carter said. “I think we are going to peak in the playoffs.”
Webbers Falls is off until Jan. 16 when they visit Okay.
Webbers Falls topped Okay 41-33 back on Dec. 15 at home.
They still feel there's plenty of room left for improvement.
“We could still do a lot better,” Garrison said. “We have more to improve on and hopefully we could do that before the playoffs get here.”