The Weatherford High School Kangaroos entered their basketball game against the North Crowley Panthers with hopes of knocking off the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 5A No. 7 ranked team in the state, but that was not how the game played out.

Willie Warren scored 10 fourth-quarter points for the Panthers and helped his team turn what was a 20-point lead at the end of the third quarter into a 30-point win, as North Crowley downed Weatherford 66-36 at Weatherford Gymnasium Tuesday night.

The Roos struggled to keep pace with the Panthers throughout the game, but the struggles for Weatherford started early.

After the first eight minutes of play, the Roos had scored just four points, while the Panthers finished with 12.

North Crowley continued to add to its lead during the second quarter and never let Weatherford get closer than nine points from the lead throughout the remainder of the contest.

The Roos came to the floor after the half with renewed energy, but the Panthers proved to have too much size and too many weapons as they scored 19 points to Weatherford’s 11.

The Roos’ struggles continued in the fourth quarter as they were held without a basket over the first 3:32 of the quarter. JB Banks knocked down a 3-pointer to end the drought, but that was only after the Panthers had built a 31-point lead.

Banks was the only Weatherford player to reach double figures in scoring. North Crowley also had one player reach double digits, as Warren finished with 24 points.

Weatherford travels to Granbury to take on the Pirates at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

North Crowley 47, Weatherford 33 (girls)

The Weatherford Lady Kangaroos and North Crowley Lady Panthers met as competitors, but left as friends.

North Crowley handed Weatherford a 47-33 district loss, but the Lady Panthers met the Lady Roos at center court with roses in an effort to comfort the team on a day when Weatherford High School student-athlete Willie “BB” Fielder, who died due to injuries suffered in an auto accident, was laid to rest.

Mackenzie Lankford was the only Lady Roo to get on pace in the game, as she scored 11 points to lead Weatherford.

The Lady Panthers were led by Ayshin Vasser with 17 points, while Bianca Armstrong chipped in with 11 points.

Weatherford travels to Granbury to take on the Lady Pirates at 6 p.m. Friday.

North Crowley 66, Weatherford 33

North Crowley 14 10 19 23 — 66

Weatherford 4 8 11 13 — 36

NORTH CROWLEY — Willie Warren 24, TJ Franklin 8, Cletis Hubbard 8, PJ Colley 6, Tyler Jefferson 4, Neil Wilson 4, Garrett Crabtree 3, Billy Van Harp 3, Keinon Collins 2, Lamar Brown 2, LaDarius Calcote 2. Three-point goals: 6 (Warren 5, Franklin). Free-throws: 7-12.

WEATHERFORD — JB Banks 11, Kapron Lewis-Moore 8, Mitchell Hayes 8, Micah Davis 3, Josh Thomas 2, Austin White 2, Alex Miller 2. Three-point goals: 2 (Banks, Davis). Free-throws: 10-15.

North Crowley 47, Weatherford 33 (girls)

North Crowley 16 12 8 11 — 47

Weatherford 8 13 5 7 — 33

NORTH CROWLEY — Ayshin Vasser 17, Bianca Armstrong 11, Marrisa Goldston 6, Bre’Untay Reed 5, Aleese Gulick 3, Tierra Hunter 3, Chelsea Saville 2. Three-point goals: 1 (Vasser). Free-throws: 8-16.

WEATHERFORD — Mackenzie Lankford 11, Samantha Sadel 8, Kelsie Rozendaal 6, Candice Combs 4, Sarah Powell 2, Ashley Bosley 1, Camille Brooks 1. Three-point goals: 2 (Sadel 2). Free-throws: 11-19.

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