By GREG WEBB
Nearly five minutes into the District 3-5A contest between Weatherford’s varsity girls and their Arlington High counterparts, neither team found the scoring easy. The chilly air outside pervaded the inside of Roo gymnasium, as both teams were plagued with a bit of cold shooting.
But the second quarter saw the Lady Roos’ aim improve and the offense heat up considerably, as Weatherford pulled away from the Lady Colts to record a 60-27 win.
While the Lady Roos were trying to find their range early on, senior guard Remi Reynolds’ defense kept Arlington at bay by denying them shots with steals and deflections. The WHS girls fed on Reynolds’ spark and the defensive energy continued to harass their opponents through the rest of the game.
Junior Abbye Shearmire hit her first 3-pointer in the second quarter, adding three more after the half as the Lady Roos productivity increased with each period. The perimeter-shooting guard finished with 18 points to lead the scoring for Weatherford, including six for six from the free-throw line, and head coach Darryn Shearmire emptied his bench as WHS‘ margin kept increasing.
“Our defense was very active the whole night,” said Coach Shearmire,”and that’s the kind of effort we will have to repeat as we go through the district schedule.”
Weatherford’s Faith Woodring cashed in with 11 points with a combination of fast break points and a few jumpers. Aidan Pool, inserted in the second half, took over the boards at both ends of the court and ended the night with eight points, mostly on put backs.
The middle quarters saw the Lady Roos outscore Arlington 33-10 after an 8-7 count after the opening period. The Lady Colts main threat came from post Georgia Beatty, but Weatherford held its top scorer to just nine points.