— By GREG WEBB
When Tony Banks’ long heave beyond midcourt beat the buzzer at the end of the opening period, the 3-point crowd pleaser gave the Weatherford varsity the lead for good in a District 3-5A match with Arlington Sam Houston. And though no one had an inkling at the time, the shot would end up as the winning margin, as the Kangaroos collected their first district victory of the season with a 44-41 win.
The long shot had a positive following effect on the next period as Weatherford completed a 14-6 second-quarter run to build a 10-point lead by halftime. An active WHS defense kept the number of open looks for the Texans, and subsequently their shooting percentage, way down in the period.
While the points margin ebbed and flowed through most of the second half, a nasty turn of events in the closing minutes had the Roo faithful wondering if they would enjoy a win on this night.
In the third quarter, though Weatherford increased its lead to 12 to begin the frame, the Texans began to chip away at the Roo advantage, coming to within four points midway through the period.
Coming off the bench, Tyler Scoggin was the recipient of a pair of nifty feeds under the basket and completed the layups to end the scoring in the quarter, with WHS back to an 8-point margin.
Banks 8-foot jumper and Collin Boswell’s successful free throws began the final period, with Weatherford back up by 12. Over the next five minutes of the match the teams traded blows, but Sam Houston still had a 10-point deficit with just over two minutes left in the game.
The Texans began finding the basket with more regularity down the final stretch, but the telling factor was their full-court press that coerced some errant passes by the Roos.