Weatherford Sports

Notable mentions at the state tournament

Rachel Harrell brings the ball down the court during Saturday’s action at the state tournament.
Rachel Harrell brings the ball down the court during Saturday’s action at the state tournament. Weatherford Star-Telegram

The Brock Lady Eagles ran into a wall for the second time in three seasons at the State Basketball Tournament, losing 24-21 to Wall Saturday. However, they did come home with a state record.

The combined score between the two teams of 45 points bested the previous mark of 46 set in 1952 (Hamilton 27, Morton 19). The Lady Eagles also held Wall to the lowest score by a state champion.

"That'd be alright if we were on the winning side," said Brock coach Chance Westmoreland. "Our defense was great."


This is the eighth consecutive season in which the Brock Lady Eagles have either won state or had their season ended by the team that did win the title. The Lady Eagles won five straight championships from 2009-13.

In 2014, Wall ended that streak. Last season Brock lost to eventual state champion Sunnyvale in the third round.


Former Peaster coach Denise Yankie was honored by the UIL during the weekend. She posted 513 victories at various stops during her coaching career.

"It was so nice being able to be honored at the same time as some fellow coaches and friends that I have known most of my career," she said.

Yankie received a plaque commemorating her accomplishments.


Something about Skip Townsend coaching Lady Eagles leads to success. After leading Brock to six girls championships between 2002 and 2011, he has now guided the Argyle Lady Eagles to back-to-back Class 4A state titles.

He also led Argyle to a state runner-up finish in 2014.

Townsend mentored Westmoreland, who coached Brock to the 2012 and 2013 titles. Townsend won his 1,000th game this season and has been selected for the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame induction later this year.