Men’s basketball wins back-to-back State championships

Riley Mullgardt
Print Editor

Senior Courtney Ramey goes up for a layup against Liberty in the semi-final game on March 15. Webster’s victory over Liberty advanced the team to the final to become back-to-back State champions. Photo by Greg Frazier

Varsity men’s basketball proved its well deserved ranking of eighth in the state by winning the Class Five State Championship for the second year in a row, this year against Chaminade with a 101-90 final score.

“That was one of the most stressful games I had ever cheered at. It was hard to call our cheers because all of us just wanted to scream along with the student section,” senior cheerleading captain Jennifer Egley said.

The game consisted of Webster holding the lead with 22-12 at the end of the first quarter as Chaminade struggled to guard senior Cart’Are Gordon and 39-36 at the end of the first half, but a total of 58 fouls were called leading to top scoring players, like senior Courtney Ramey and eventually senior R.J. Wright, to be benched in the second half of the game.

“Fouling out of my last high school basketball game was crazy. I started [the season] on the bench and finished it on the bench,” Ramey said.

Ramey had a broken wrist when the season first started resulting in his not playing the first eight games.
“I was really proud of my teammates and how they finished the game, kept the lead and eventually won us State again,” Ramey said.

When Ramey was fouled out of the game, Webster had a 82-70 lead but within the next minute, the score had jumped to 85-82.

The team quickly regrouped and stayed on top with Wright scoring six of his 16 points quickly thereafter.
Junior Ray Adams then went off scoring a total of 17 points in the game giving Webster a 77-58 with six minutes to play. This lead large enough to hold against Chaminade’s final efforts.
Wright later fouled out too.

“I thought [being fouled out] was funny. It was my first time doing that so I viewed it as a milestone,” Wright said.

Junior Ray Adams shoots during the State championship game. He scored a total of 17 points. Photo by Greg Frazier

As the buzzer went off signaling the end of the championship game the stadium flowed with screams from Webster fans.

After the presentation of the trophy, Ramey, Gordon and Wright immediately gave the trophy to principal Dr. Jon Clark, who will retire at the end of this year.

“I cried when we won and when [the players] took the trophy to Dr. Clark. It was an emotional rollercoaster,” said junior Karis Robinson.

Missouri Basketball Coaches Association also named coach Jay Blossom “Coach of the Year” and Ramey “Player of the Year.”

“Winning State again really meant a lot, it helped us leave a legacy at a school that is rich in tradition and just for me it helped me leave the school as a champion,” Ramey said.

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