Friday night had its ups and downs for the town of Palestine starting with the Wildcats.
Fairfield 84, Palestine 81 (OT)
A buzzer-beater in overtime is what it took for the Eagles of Fairfield to beat the Wildcats 84-81.
Fairfield’s Cam Adams hit the game-winning shot for the Eagles.
Fairfield and Palestine were evenly matched throughout the entire performance. After the first quarter, Fairfield led 24-21, and Palestine needed an answer in the second quarter to get back into the game.
Palestine’s Tony Butler provided the spark that the Wildcats needed to be able to bring the game to be tied at 40 at halftime. His 29 points led all scorers in the game.
Coming out of halftime, Palestine kept its foot on the gas pedal as it finished the third quarter by outscoring the Eagles 19-15.
The four point lead heading into the fourth quarter wasn’t enough for the Wildcats to hold on, though as they were outscored 21-17 to tie the game at 76.
Heading into overtime, the game was close as both teams had a shot to win, but it was Fairfield who came away with the home victory.
Other top scorers for the Wildcats (10-12, 1-2) included C.J. Barrett, Kevin Parish and Dakedrick McMorris who each scored 13 points.
Westwood (VG) 48, Woden 41
A strong fourth quarter boosted the Westwood Lady Panthers past Woden on Friday night by a score of 48-41.
Westwood started out this match slow as they got down early to Woden 10-6 after the first quarter.
A second quarter bounce-back for the Lady Panthers was in order and they outscored Woden 10-5 to take the 16-15 lead heading into halftime.
Coming out of the locker room, Westwood started sluggish again. The Lady Panthers were outscored by nine in the quarter 18-9 and a win was looking slim as the team was staring at a 33-25 deficit heading into the fourth quarter.