A new banner will soon be taking its rightful place among the string of state championship pennants hanging from the rafters of Webb’s Lee Athletic Center. This past weekend, Webb’s Spartan basketball team defeated Tipton-Rosemark Academy, 75-40, at this year’s Division II-A state championship final, securing the school’s first gold ball for varsity boys’ basketball.
The Spartans came charging out of the gate at Saturday’s game against the Rebels at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena and never looked back. They shot 61 percent from the field, overall, and at the halftime buzzer, Webb already had six of their first seven 3-point attempts and three scorers were in double figures.
Luke Burnett led in scoring for Webb, shooting 25 points on 8 of 11 from the floor and hitting four 3-pointers. He sunk 11 of his points in the first quarter. Tariq Daughton posted 14 points and had five rebounds for the Spartans. Emory Lanier added four points, five assists and five rebounds. Uriah Powers was named tournament MVP with 19 points, five assists and eight rebounds. Burnett, Daughton, Lanier, and Powers were selected to the All-Tournament team.
Looking to redeem their 2-point loss to Grace Christian at last year’s state final, the Men in Green were unwavering in their pursuit of a state title this year with a 30-6 record that included both district and region championships, as well as a gritty 57-55 victory over Harding Academy in the state quarterfinals. In their final two games of the state tournament weekend, the Spartans never trailed, shooting 62 percent overall from the floor, defeating Christ Presbyterian Academy by more than 20 points (69-47) in the semifinal and surpassing that lead in the championship game against the Rebels.
Webb’s Dance Team members were also winners at this year’s state contest. The Webb squad was presented with the Spirit Award for the Division II-A boys’ state tournament.