By GREG WEBB
SPRINGTOWN — Both varsity Springtown basketball teams came into Tuesday’s matches with a firm hold on second place, hoping to use home court to blemish Kennedale’s District 6-3A record.
The SHS girls were making a strong case for an upset in the first half — until the Kennedale full-court press took control of the match after the break, resulting in a 74-51 win for the Lady Wildcats.
In a game seeing few half-court setups for either side, offenses were related to perpetual transitional offense. Kennedale began applying its full-court defense in the second quarter, after Springtown took an 18-17 advantage to end the first.
The Lady Wildcats reeled off seven-straight points, all off of turnovers, when the defensive pressure took hold.
But toward the middle of the period before the break, the Lady Porcupines had a few steals and were able to navigate downcourt against the trapping defense, to get within three points at the half.
The physical play of the first half was well-illustrated by double technical fouls in the final half-minute of play. Loose balls were followed by aggressive scrambling for ownership. By night’s end, there were well over 40 total fouls called in the contest.
Third-quarter play turned nasty for the Pojo ladies nearly from their opening possession of the half, as the Kennedale coach never called off the full-court pressure, even after taking a double-digit lead, and increasing the margin throughout.
The Springtown offense was relegated to flurries down the court when outlet passes found its speedy guards with a little bit of room. But the fast breaks were the exception, with the Kennedale traps yielding a slew of Pojo turnovers, and converted into points.
Brooklyn and Becca Dauenhauer led Springtown’s scoring, with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
The Lady Porcupines fall to 4-2 in district play, tied for second with Mineral Wells. Pojo travels to Castleberry on Friday.
The Springtown boys fared no better against Kennedale in the nightcap, as the Wildcats jumped out to a healthy margin early, leading by 20 points by the first few minutes of the second stanza. The final score was not available at press time.
Pojo will play at Castleberry on Friday, slated for an 8 p.m. start.