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January 28, 2014

Enjoying the underdog role

Courtesy of Weatherford College

Quentin Henderson remembers the days leading up to his senior season of basketball at Klein Forest High School in Houston.

The team had reached the playoffs for a decade straight, but with not much besides him returning, things looked a little bleak for an 11th straight year.

That may be what some folks thought, but not him.

“Some had us predicted last in district, but we weren’t going to let that happen,” said the 6-foot guard who now plays for the Weatherford College Coyotes. “That was important to me, especially with me leaving.”

Klein Forest made the playoffs, extending the streak.

Now, the 19-year-old Henderson has plans to help Coach Mark Osina return the Coyotes to the prominence they once knew in Osina’s first term as coach a few years ago.

“It gives me that feeling like high school,” said Henderson. “I’ve always liked being the underdog. There’s no better place.”

Except on top and winning, of course, which Henderson believes the Coyotes can do this season. At the time of this article they already had a 9-10 record, more than twice as many wins as last season when they were 4-21 overall and 0-12 in the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference.

“I’m definitely happy with the way it’s going, but we’re going to get better,” said Henderson. “Coach Osina expects us to do well, and we owe him that.”

Henderson’s original plans were not to attend WC. In fact, he had not set foot on campus until he showed up to be a student/athlete.

“I originally took a visit to East Texas Baptist University, but it just didn’t fit me,” he said. “Then, one day I was walking into the gym and my coach said, ‘You’re going to Weatherford.’

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