— By GREG WEBB
SPRINGTOWN — From the tipoff of the girls’ varsity match on Friday at Springtown High School, the Castleberry Lady Lions’ offense was decidedly discombobulated by the Springtown full-court press, evidenced by the two lone points the Lady Lions put up on the scoreboard in the first period.
And though Pojo head coach called off the dogging press entering the second half, the impairment of the Castleberry offense persisted as Springtown won the District 6-3A match, 73-19.
Brooklyn Dauenhauer and Ashley Mainord led the Lady Porcs in scoring on the night, putting up 21 and 18 points, respectively. Springtown’s girls improved to 5-2 in district play, keeping pace with Mineral Wells (also 5-2) in a tie for the second seed.
In the nightcap at Porcupine gymnasium, some dubious tactics by the Castleberry boys played a role in keeping Springtown at bay through the opening half. Deploying some physical and sometimes verbal harassment outside the line of sight and the earshot of the refs, the Lions frustrated the Springtown rhythm sufficiently enough to hold an ebb-and-flow lead through the first half and take a three-point advantage into the break.
Relegated to mostly long-range goals and collapsing their defense to negate Springtown’s inside game, the Lions remained aggressive at both ends of the court.
Fortunes changed quickly for Springtown out of the locker room, when Pojo began attacking the Lions’ back court ball handlers, copping multiple steals that resulted in a flourish of easy baskets and its first, and permanent, lead of the night.
The officiating crew also tightened down on the “extracurricular” activity going on away from the ball with a warning to the bench, and a Porcupines rout ensued, with Springtown winning, 72-58.
Led by Pojo senior guard Caleb Brown, who turned steals into points in the third quarter, Springtown went on a 31-12 run in the period, essentially deciding the match.
Sophomore center Dawson Meek also began to exert his presence in the quarter, as Springtown took control of the boards and Meek made several baskets with putbacks.
Brown and Meek ended the night as the game’s top scorers, draining 22 and 19 points, respectively. Dylan Ray and Kruz Dominguez also hit double digits, with 13 and 10 points.
The SHS boys improved to 3-2 in the District 6-3A standings, a game back of second-place Mineral Wells (4-1). The two will match up next Friday, at Springtown.