In a Class 4 boys basketball quarterfinal roundup on Friday, Westminster Christian Academy topped Tolton 69-53 in Columbia.
After winning eight of its past ten games, Westminster won a 22-point victory over Lutheran St. Charles at the beginning of the week.
In the first quarter, the Wildcats had already scooped a 14-4 lead against the Trailblazers. Jevon Porter, the Trailblazers’ star forward, was the only Tolton player who managed to score in the opening period.
“We missed quite a few bunnies and we didn’t get the quality of shots that we should have,” Tolton coach Jeremy Osborne said. “Defensively, we had too many blown assignments.… We gave up too many uncontested shots, too many straight-line drives.”
Friday was a balanced scoring night for Westminster with six players scoring nine or more points and seven players obtaining at least two rebounds.
Sophomore guard Kobi Williams led the way with 17 points. Junior forward Caleb Thompson scored 12 and 6-foot-8 post-Austin Vick finished with 11 points. Junior guards Casen Lawrence and EJ Williams each scored 10 points and junior Sam Vestal scored nine.
“Give Tolton a lot of credit,” Wildcats coach Dale Ribble said. “They’ve got a good basketball team. We knew we’d have to come in and play really well tonight, and we did that.”
Ribble ascribed his team`s victory to the strong schedule that included matchups with De Smet, Webster Groves and its Metro League rivals, to toughen the Wildcats players for the game.
“Our schedule was more challenging than in the past,” Ribble said. “We’d played some good teams, we needed to prepare as best we could.”