Former Wyoming East and Westside basketball stars returned to the court last Friday night for alumni games at WEHS.
The games were held to raise money for East students going to Costa Rica next summer.
Some—like Westside’s Corey Bowles and Danielle Brown—had been alumni for literally a few days.
Others graduated in pre-consolidated days, like Herbie Brooks, former Mullens and WVU standout, who graduated in 1984.
The women’s game was played first and was nip and tuck throughout the first half.
Westside held a narrow lead for most of the half, thanks to its long range shooting, but East edged in front, 29-27, by halftime.
Three-pointers by Della Burgess and Rachel Ellis late in the third quarter fired a surge which put East up by 45-35.
Jennifer Rinehart Meyers scored just before the buzzer to make it 47-37 at the end of the third.
East gradually pulled away to win, 63-47.
The men’s game wasn’t decided until the final minute of play.
Chris Blankenship’s scoring helped the Renegades jump to an early 17-8 advantage.
The Warriors chipped away and got within 23-21 on Chase Morgan’s trey at the first quarter buzzer.
East’s perimeter shooting pushed it in front by 37-30. The Warriors were up, 49-44, at the break after Derek Brooks hit a three.
Westside went on a big run to start the third and held its biggest lead of the second half at 64-59.
Brooks knocked down two three-pointers late in the quarter to put East back on top, 69-66.
The Warriors led by seven on a couple of occasions in the final period.
Eric Bailey, fouled on a three-point try, sank three free throws to get the Renegades within 83-79 with less than a minute to go.
Gentry Shrewsbury and Brooks made free throws to clinch the win.
Trophies were presented to the winning teams.
John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.
Photo: Westside and Wyoming East alumni—and some from pre-consolidation days—faced off at WEHS last Friday.