Northwest (10-7, 1-0) picked up a district-opening, 61-51 win over Haltom Tuesday.
“We played a great second-half,” head coach Mike Hatch. “First quarter we were a little sluggish. We didn’t finish around the basket, and we turned it over too much. The second half we played really well.”
Junior point guard Josh Tatum led the team in points with 27 points.
“He has the ball in his hands for a reason,” Hatch said. “He’s a very hard guy to contain, and he makes plays. His basketball IQ is very high.”
David Ogunwolu and Elijah Christman each finished with eight.
“I think we get a little better each game and I think we’re excited with where we’re at,” Hatch said.
The Lady Texans (1-14, 0-3) fell to Haltom, 42-36, in overtime despite ending the first three quarters with a lead.
“We had two turnovers and missed two free throws within a thirty second span [in the last quarter], and we should have won the ball game,” head coach Wayne Parker said. “Down the stretch you have to make the plays, and we didn’t make the plays which forced overtime.”
Northwest led the first three quarters, 12-6, 23-17, and 31-30. They finished the fourth quarter tied 34-34. In overtime, the Lady Buffs outscored Northwest 8-2.
The Lady Texans committed five fouls in overtime, allowing Haltom to finish things off from the charity stripe.
“This was an opportunity to win a game, and we didn’t execute down the stretch,” Parker said.
Over the Christmas break the Texans will take part in the Whataburger Tournament, while the Lady Texans will participate in the Boswell Tournament.