The Lady Roos final regular season game began with the Lady Panthers’ 6-foot-4 Danielle Williams easily getting the tip-off and quickly scoring the first two points of the game.
After that, nothing came easy for North Crowley High School.
Weatherford High School never trailed again against the Panthers on Feb. 4, clinching the fourth spot in the playoffs which began Monday against Southlake Carroll.
Going into the game that would determine their playoff berth, Coach Darryn Shearmire said he predicted a win.
"It isn’t gonna be a high-scoring night," Shearmire said. "But it will be a win."
He admitted that he thought the scores might be in the 30 or 40-point range, but the final score was lower even than that at 25-21, as both teams fought hard even into the final minutes as the Panthers made a couple three pointers to diminish the Roos’ lead to three points with a minute remaining.
But the Roos took advantage of fouls in the final minutes to hold on to the hard fought for lead.
Shearmire says in practices leading up to the game, he focused on a tight zone, which they successfully used against the Panthers. That was one of the goals for the team – keeping the Panthers out of the paint, forcing them to often shoot from beyond the arc.
The Roos faced the Panthers earlier in January. That game also ended with a narrow win as the Roos completed their comeback behind senior Faith Woodring, who broke her collarbone that game.
But Woodring returned for the team’s senior night and also for their final regular season game, contributing greatly on the defensive end.
Shearmire said he was proud of the whole team for fighting hard for the win while also being patient.
"They didn’t have any fear," Shearmire said.
With the goal of making it into the playoffs, Shearmire said he regretted that some girls did not get to play as much as they usually do. But freshmen and sophomores stepped up as some of their key players when some seniors were not playing their best.
Sophomore Maddie Dorris led the game with 13 points, eight of them coming in the first half including a three-point play when she drew a foul. She also added 12 rebounds.
But with this game behind them, the entire team needed to step up to be successful in the playoffs. Monday’s game against Carroll finished after press deadline but as five-time district champs, Weatherford looked to have its work cut out for it.
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Four WHS wrestlers headed to state
Four WHS wrestlers and two alternates will be competing at this year's State Wrestling Meet.
Regional Tournament results: Bethany Jackson (148-pound division) - Regional Champion; Alex Herle (95-pound division) - Regional Runner Up; Gramm Kelly (220-pound division) - Third; Nestor Oviedo (170-pound division) - Third; Alena Kessler - State Alternate; Alan Prince - State Alternate; and Kasie Bransford, Haley Plusnick and Cole Fournier - all finished in the top 8.