Lady Texans play way into race

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, January 25, 2014
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Entering his first season on the Northwest Lady Texans’ bench, coach Rusty Johnson set one goal for his squad.

“When the last game happened, I wanted it to be relevant,” Johnson explained.

After the Lady Texans’ 37-36 victory over Haltom, they are well on their way to making that final game occur in the postseason.

The Lady Texans (12-11, 4-6) took over fourth place in District 4-5A with their second straight win Tuesday.

“With four games to play, they are all going to be relevant,” Johnson said. “It’s going to be a tight race. But we’re a game up. It’s exciting. We have two left at home and control our own destiny.”

Two of the Lady Texans’ remaining games are against Keller Timber Creek and Keller Central, who trail them in the standings.

The Lady Texans’ latest two wins have come in dramatic fashion, starting with the Jan. 17 triple-overtime victory over Keller Fossil Ridge. Northwest battled back from a 19-point deficit in the third quarter.

“We just continued to fight and cut the lead in half going into the fourth quarter,” Johnson said. “We made free throws and key stops down the stretch.

“We’ve been playing hard and now we’re believing in each other.”

Tuesday against Haltom, the Lady Texans fell behind 11-8 early before coming back to tie the game at 16 at halftime. Down two going into the fourth quarter, the Lady Texans outscored Haltom 10-7 to get the win.

Equalya Smith and Alexus Brigham scored 12 points apiece for Northwest.

“Early in the year, we were not finishing games,” Johnson said. “Now, we’re starting to finish games. We’re making free throws and the positive plays.”

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