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WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (4/22/13) – One Way basketball is a travel team made up of 15-16 year olds (Freshman/Sophomores) from Webster County and has a principle sponsorship from Dr Pepper. One way promotes a positive message as they travel and play various regional tournaments. The message is based around a simple principle of playing, winning, losing, and living “One Way”, the right way.

One Way travelled to always impressive Lexington KBA facility on the weekend of April 13, winning 1 of 4 games. Game 1 was against the West Virginia Flyers and resulted in a 66-87 loss. One Way led at the break by 1 (33-32), but with only 6 players traveling this weekend, the group just couldn’t keep up with the talents of the team for Charleston. OneWay was led in scoring by Zach Pugh with a personal best of 20 points & Zac Shoulders with 19. Trevis Bell was the defense spark with multiple steals and deflections and posting 1 free throw. Jacob Fritz and Colten Durrance had 7 rebounds each to go along with 14 & 4 points respectively. Jon Stubblefield rounded out the scoring with 8 points. Game 2 was against a group from SE KY based out of Hazard, and was nearly a carbon copy of the first game. OneWay led at the half by one (32-31), and failed to keep the pace in the second half, losing 56-80. The Zack’s led the way in scoring with Shoulders posting a career high 22, and Pugh with 16. Stubblefield posted 8 points with as many rebounds. Durrance also had 8 boards to go with his 4 points. Fritz and Bell had 6 each. In Game 3 on Sunday morning, Team OneWay earned their first victory of the April travel season, winning 63-40 against team Legacy. A trio of Trojans were in double figure with Shoulders at 17, Pugh with 16 and Fritz had 14. Stubblefield provided 8 points, and Durrance pulled another 8 boards and added 5 points. Bell took three charges on the defensive end to go with several steals and his 4 points. Game 4 was a rematch with the WV Flyers, but unfortunately for WC, ended the same way. OneWay loses and ends the weekend with a 45-78 beat-down. A thin bench and fast pace just didn’t provide the Webster based team the fire power to compete. Fritz had a game high 18, and Shoulders posted another double digit game with 10. Stubblefield put-up another 8 point game, Durrance had 6, Bell added 2, and Pugh had 1 free throw. Three members of team OneWay finished the weekend with double digit averages. Shoulders led the way with 16.5, and Pugh and Fritz recorded 13 each. OneWay averaged 58.5 PPG and allowed 69.0 for the weekend, finishing 1-3.

The 15 & 16 year old One Way team was in Smyrna, TN (south of Nashville) over this past weekend playing in a High School Varsity 17u age division. Game 1 was against an AAU 17u team from the greater Clarksville, TN area. OneWay opened the first half with their standard 1-point lead (33-32), but with a 8-man rotation they were able to keep up the pace and finish strong with a 75-70 win. Max McMain was back action posting 16 points, with his familiar backcourt partner of 10 seasons, Zac Shoulders who netted 15 of his own. Mason Roland scored 9 to go along with his many assists and steals. Fritz and Stubblefield had 8 each. Pugh had 7 and Durrance and Hazelwood posted 6 each. Game 2 had some familiar faces from region 2, with a group of 11th graders from the greater Madisonville area called the Kings of the Court. Even with a one or two year age disadvantage, OneWay posted their second win of the day with a 54-53 thriller. The backcourt duo led the way in scoring, Shoulders with 13 and McMain with 11. Fritz and Pugh had 8 each, Durrance 6, Hazelwood 5, Roland 2, and Stubblefield with 1. On Sunday morning in middle Tennessee, some more familiar faces from region two awaited, as the Hop’town Heat caught the very hot OneWay team on an off morning, and blistered OneWay 49-80, in a disappointing end an otherwise great weekend of play. Shoulders led scores with 15 and Roland provided another 12. Other scores included Pugh with 7, and 4 each from Durrance, Hazelwood, Fritz, and McMain. Shoulders and McMain both averaged in double digits for the weekend with 14.3 and 10. OneWay averaged 59.3 PPG and allowed 67.7 for the weekend, with a 2-1 record.

Aside from basketball, there is a good deal of down-time for the boys while of the road at these travel tournaments. On Saturdays, the team makes an effort to meet with a different speaker (usually one of the dads) to learn some life lessons that can be related to basketball as well as what these teenagers face in the world each day. In Lexington, the message was delivered by Scott Shoulders about being my brother’s keeper. The team routinely receives compliments on their style of team play, and the message was how to transition that same teamwork off-the court by always having my brothers back. While in Smyrna TN, Russell Durrance met with the OneWay team and discussed giving full effort in all we do. Just like they try to do on the court, the same effort needs to be given with whatever the task at hand may be. Academics, work chores, friendships and their Faith all deserve the same focus and effort as they give on the court. Due to the scheduling of the tournaments, many of the families associated with OneWay miss out on normal church services on Sunday morning. So in addition to these down-time team meetings on Saturdays, the OneWay family met this past Sunday in the corner of the LaVergne High School gym on Sunday morning before the first game. All were treated to a brief devotional discussion led by Ronnie Stubblefield from Ecclesiastes 9:10, about giving all your might with everything you do. All the parents in attendance joined the boys in the brief in-gym church session and found a few other teams’ players and parents listening in as well.
 
One Way will resume tournament play in May: 5/4 in Nashville, 5/10 Owensboro, 5/17 Evansville.
 
Charlie Hust
Journal Enterprise
Photo provided by Scott Shoulders

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