There was a scramble on the floor for a loose ball, punches thrown and an unlikely hero sinking two free throws.
And that was only in the game’s final 20 seconds.
But, those seconds concluded the 19th-ranked Westwood boys basketball teams’ 51-47 road victory over Crockett, which completed the Panthers’ season sweep of the Bulldogs and put the District 19-2A title in their grasp.
As long as Westwood doesn’t slip up in its final two games at home versus Garrison and in Woden, the Panthers will capture the district.
With the Panthers leading by two, a scramble on the floor led to Dra Ross and a Crockett player being tied up for a loose ball. That led to a massive altercation on the floor, which resulted in the game being delayed.
After the delay, Crockett was awarded the ball but Westwood made a stop and with eight seconds remaining, Sam Carlisle hit two free throws to put Westwood up four and clinch the victory.
Ross finished with 14 points to lead the Panthers, who also got 10 points from both L.J. Hutchison and J.J. Turner. Damontrey House added seven in the victory, while Chris Thompson had five.
Westwood (19-9, 9-1) hosts Garrison today in their home finale. Games begin at 5 p.m.
ELKHART 67, Groveton 28
For the first time in eight years, the Elkhart boys’ basketball team is playoff bound.
The Elks clinched their playoff spot with a 67-28 victory over visiting Groveton Friday, and could still finish anywhere from first to third in District 19-2A.
The win moved Elkhart to 14-11 overall and 8-2 in district. If the Elks win out, they will finish no worse than second, but could finish third if Westwood loses one or both of its final two games. If Westwood goes 1-1 to end the year and Elkhart wins out, the teams would tie.
Cole Bridges hit five three-pointers en route to his team-high 17 points Friday, while Elkhart also got 12 points from Jeffrey Wilson and 11 from Luke Hollingsworth.
Jacob Cheatham added eight for Elkhart, which is off today before finishing the season at Central Heights Friday and then at home versus Crockett Feb. 12.
Mexia 62, PALESTINE 46
The Palestine boys’ basketball team fell to Mexia on the road Friday, 62-46.
That loss drops the Wildcats to 10-15 overall and 3-3 in district play with two games remaining. Palestine still holds its playoff fate in its hands, and can clinch a spot by either winning out or by beating Rusk in the season-finale, as long as Rusk falls to Mexia and Fairfield.
Shumauri Scott had 12 points to lead Palestine Friday, while Ben Luckett added 11. Sheldon Watson had six and Gee Clark five in the loss.
Palestine hosts district-leading and state-ranked Fairfield today, with games beginning at 5 p.m.
CAYUGA 95, Cross Roads 36
The sixth-ranked Cayuga boys’ basketball team continued its roll through District 18-A, Division I, routing Cross Roads 95-36 Friday.
Preston Anderson led Cayuga with 29 points, while Chandler Rigdon had 19 and Patrick Boxie added 12.
Deon Shofner had nine in the victory for Cayuga (21-6, 7-0), which hosts Wortham tonight in the Wildcats home finale. Games begin with girls’ action at 4 p.m.
SLOCUM 45, Leon 37
The Slocum boys’ basketball team led from beginning to end, holding off Leon, 45-37, Friday to keep playoff hopes alive.
Nathan Edwards had 15 to lead the Mustangs, while Jason Neal added 14 and Conor Dickson had 10.
Slocum travels to district-leading and third-ranked Grapeland today. Games begin with girls’ action at 4 p.m.
H.S. GIRLS BASKETBALL
Crockett 46, WESTWOOD 27
The Westwood girls basketball team hit a roadblock Friday, falling to first-place Crockett, 46-27.
But, the Lady Panthers still find themselves in a good position to make the playoffs. Westwood and Woden are currently tied for third in 19-2A at 7-4. The Lady Panthers host Garrison today, while Woden plays Crockett.
A Westwood win and Woden loss clinches the playoff spot for the Lady Panthers.
Both Natali Muniz and Marialle Boles had nine points to lead Westwood in the loss to Crockett, with Boles pulling down a team-high 12 rebounds.
Mi’Kayla Benson added foru points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Games today begin at 5 p.m.
CAYUGA 83, Cross Roads 17
Madison Spears outscored Cross Roads on her own, and Molly Griffey fell two points short as the Cayuga girls’ basketball team rolled over Cross Roads 83-17.
Spears had 25 points while Griffey had 16 points and six steals in the victory.
Shelby Luce added 10 points, while Danielle Anderson and Madyson Gunnels each added nine. Anderson finished with 14 rebounds, as did Shawnta Knox, who scored seven points.
Cayuga (17-10, 6-3) hosts Wortham today in a big matchup to determine playoff standings in 18-A, Division I. Currently, both teams have locked up playoff spots and are tied for second-place. The winner of tonight’s game finishes second, with the loser finishing third.
SLOCUM 76, Leon 32
Landry Lane scored 20 points, 18 of which came in the first half, and the eighth-ranked Slocum girls basketball team rolled over Leon Friday, 76-32.
Jordan Ives and Kelsee Webb each had 13 points in the win, while Brice Sizemore had 10 for the Lady Mustangs (27-2, 8-1), who travel to Grapeland today for the regular-season finale.
A win by Slocum tonight secures no worse than a tie for first-place in District 20-A, Division I with rival Lovelady. The Lady Lions play Leon at home today.
Games tonight begin at 4 p.m.