High school hoops: Paschal and Arlington Heights win, struggles continue for Country Day

Captains Billy Hill (Paschal) and Wesley Hayes (Sam Houston) meet at midcourt before their district clash. Photo by Nick Stephens.

The third round of games in the Southwest Prep Conference were victorious to some, not all.

Paschal needed a win Tuesday night, January 29, to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Great shooting, paired with a solid defensive performance, gave them the 58-44 victory over Arlington-Sam Houston.

Arlington Heights won their fourth game in a row, 58-40, on the road against Poly, tieing them for second in their district.

Country Day continued to struggle as they lost 55-26 to Greenhill in Southwest Prep Conference play.

Paschal

The Paschal Panthers were three games behind fourth-place Arlington entering Tuesday and desperately needed a win to get back in the playoff race.

The Panthers succeeded and kept a steady lead throughout the game, which ended in a 58-44 victory over a shorthanded Sam Houston squad.

The Paschal Panthers get some shots up before their game against Sam Houston. Photo by Nick Stephens.

Senior David Wamstad led the way for Paschal with 18 points. Seniors Jack Simanek and Billy Hill also finished in double figures for the Panthers, scoring 13 and 10 respectively.

Wesley Hayes led the way for Sam Houston with 18 points. The Texans traveled with only seven players, one of whom never played in the defeat.

Paschal’s defense was efficient Tuesday night, holding Sam Houston to only 28 points through three quarters. The Panthers zone scheme serves to both confuse opponents and compensate for their lack of size.

Both Hill and senior Royce Mendez were important down the stretch– Sam Houston started doubling Paschal’s ball-handlers, and both made excellent decisions to avoid turnovers.

Next up for Paschal is another must-win Friday, February 1, at last-place Trimble Tech. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

Arlington Heights

The Yellowjackets extended their winning streak to four games Tuesday night, defeating Poly 58-40 on the road.

Arlington Heights now finds themselves with a 7-3 district record and in a three-way tie for second with South Hills and Southwest.

The Yellowjackets have a home game Friday against Eastern Hills at 7:30 p.m.

Fort Worth Country Day

Country Day remains winless in the Southwest Prep Conference after a 55-26 drubbing at the hands of Greenhill.

The Falcons have put together several decent defensive performances, but their lack of scoring has caught up to them in recent weeks.

Things don’t get any easier for FWCD, as they travel to Arlington Friday at 7:30 p.m. for a matchup against Oakridge (23-6).