By GREG WEBB
After defeating McLennan College twice in North Central Junior College Athletic Conference play, the Weatherford College Lady Coyotes ran into a Highlassies squad on Friday that was loaded for bear. The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region V semi-final was a high-scoring affair of streaks and mini-streaks, but the final surge belonged to McLennan as it eliminated WC’s Lady Coyotes, 113-108.
The heat of WC shooting from just 24 hours before during the win over Midland College cooled dramatically for the Lady Coyotes.
Sheer determination coupled with a MC defensive lapsed allowed Weatherford a complete comeback in the second half.
Down 19 points at halftime, Weatherford College made several runs, finally erasing the deficit with four minutes left in the game. But the stubborn Highlassies maintained their composure after blowing the lead as WC again had trouble finding the basket in the late going.
McLennan made 15 3-point shots in the game, shooting at a .441 percentage clip. WC’s overall percentage was well below par, especially in the first half with missed perimeter shots and inside-the-paint attempts resulting in a .375 rate.
Despite the loss, Weatherford College still has a chance to extend its season, should the Lady Coyotes get an at-large invite to participate in the NJCAA National Tournament, to be held in Salina, Kan., Mar. 17-22. The national brackets will be finalized on Monday.