— By GREG WEBB
The Weatherford Lady Roos made a nice, big stride toward achieving a second-straight playoff seed on Friday, as they fought back from a couple of deficits to beat North Crowley’s Lady Panthers, 48-45.
Weatherford was down by as many as eight points in the third quarter but tied, then took their first lead early in the fourth on a layup by Chelsey Bransford. A relentless defense and a penchant for drawing fouls in the closing minutes kept the Lady Roos tenuously ahead, and WHS held off the Lady Panthers in a dramatic win.
The Lady Roos, midway through the District 3-5A schedule, improved to 4-3, while North Crowley dropped a game behind, at 3-4. Weatherford currently sits alone in fourth place a game back of Arlington Lamar.
North Crowley featured plenty of speed, and certainly decent height, with 6-foot, 4-inch Danielle Williams cutting an imposing figure in and around the paint. But the lion’s share of the energy belonged to the Lady Roos, who scrapped 32 solid minutes from the opening tip.
“These girls work extremely well together,” said Weatherford head coach Darryn Shearmire. “There were a couple of things we had to do to compete in this game, and one was to limit [North Crowley’s] offensive rebound. We knew we had to get a body on [Williams] under the basket.
“The other was to avoid turnovers against their press.”
Plan B’s success looked in doubt in the early minutes, with Shearmire burning a pair of early time outs, as the Lady Roos turned over the ball due to NC’s trapping press. But Weatherford adjusted and had no more than a handful of disruptions for the balance of the contest.
Behind by seven points with two minutes left in the opening period, Weatherford’s Abbye Shearmire got a good look on a 3-pointer and followed up with two points by sinking both ends of technical-foul free throws.