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.
Between quarters, something sparked in both the Lady Panthers' offense and defense.
Westwood outscored Woden 23-8 in the final frame to pull out the district win against the Lady Eagles.
One thing that the Lady Panthers lacked in the game was solid free throw shooting. Westwood made just nine out of 21 attempts from the line, which was good enough for 43 percent as a team.
High scorers for the Lady Panthers were Natali Muniz who scored 18 points, Mi’Kayla Benson who scored 13 points and Jemelia Thomas who scored seven points.
Westwood (VB) 57, Woden 50
In the second varsity game of the night in Woden, the Westwood boys completed the sweep of the Eagles by winning 57-50.
Fourth quarter comebacks seem to be the theme with Westwood teams, at least on Friday night.
The road warriors in the Panthers came out in the fourth quarter as they were able to outscore the Eagles 20-11 to close out the district win.
The game started out in Westwood’s favor, and Westwood coach Scott Nettles said he knew how important the game was for both teams.
“Both of our teams were 2-2 in district play coming into the game,” Nettles said. “With the win, that pushed us into third place, which is a great place to be at. I’m proud of the way we were able to close out the game. We played some great defense in the fourth quarter and made our free throws in the fourth.
“We still shot 15 out of 30 from the free throw line in the game, which is something that we need to work on, but this was a tough road win,” Nettles added.
Westwood (9-16, 3-2) is now halfway through district play and is looking to refresh this week as they have a bye today followed by a Friday night showdown against Elkhart at home.
Top scorers for the Panthers included J.J. Turner who scored 24 points, Damontrey House with 16 points and Trey Hicks with seven points.