Weatherford Sports

WC basketball seasons end with losses at Region 5 tourney

Coyotes end season with overtime regionals loss

The Weatherford College Coyotes took Howard College to the brink March 5, but HC prevailed in overtime, 82-79, in the Region 5 Basketball Tournament at the Brownwood Coliseum.

HC jumped to a 78-72 lead at the beginning of the overtime period. Weatherford cut that lead to one after a three-pointer with 9.4 seconds left by Juozas Balciunas. But the Hawks hit one more field goal, leaving WC with too little time to drive the length of the court for a last-second three-pointer.

Howard (23-7), co-champions of the Western Junior College Athletic Conference, had 20-plus point performances from Rob Gray (24) and Sam Finley (21). The Hawks shot 51.7 percent from the field.

Kendale Truitt led WC with 21 points, including an impressive dunk late in regulation that got the crowd on its feet. Anthony Robertson added 13 points and 13 rebounds. Tonko Vuko scored 12 and Vlatko Granic had 11.

The Coyotes ended the season with a 19-12 overall record and their first regional tournament berth in three years. WC won six of its last eight games.Coyotes end season with overtime regionals loss

Lady Coyotes end season with close loss to No. 4 New Mexico

The 2014-15 season ended for the Weatherford College women’s basketball team in the first round of the Region 5 Tournament in Brownwood March 4, as WC lost to 4th-ranked New Mexico Junior College, 73-67.

Despite having four starters foul out late in the game, WC was within three points of the Thunderbirds with 29 seconds left.

Turnovers plagued the Lady Coyotes throughout the contest, but excellent free throw shooting by WC (25-of-31) helped make it a neck-and-neck game until the final minute.

Allea Harris and Lou Hawkins each had 14 points to lead Weatherford. Zippy Zhasoa had nine points and nine rebounds.

Weatherford finished its season with a 14-12 overall record.