“We simply didn’t play well in the second half, but Springtown obviously had a lot to do with that.
“(Dawson) Meek hurt us in the paint, and we got in foul trouble.
“(Rams sophomore post) Broderick (Johnson) ended up fouling out, and he is really our only guy who can guard Meek one on one in the paint. They just took it to us in the second half.”
The loss to Springtown evens up the season series. Both teams have Kennedale left to play, with the Rams finishing with Castleberry and Lake Worth and Springtown closing also with winless Diamond Hill and Castleberry.
Last year the teams tied for second place, but Springtown won the tiebreaker game to assume the second seed.
“I guess it will be just like last year, and that is assuming we can beat Castleberry and Lake Worth in our last two games,” Pappas said. The Rams continue district ply Tuesday at home against Kennedale. “We have to take care of business. Castleberry could give Springtown a scare.”
Although Springtown jumped out to a 6-0 lead, the Rams came back with runs of 10-2 and 10-4 to take a 20-14 lead after the first quarter. Clardy scored seven points in the period, including a three-pointer.
In the second quarter the Rams extended their lead, finishing the quarter on a 12-3 run. Wendt hit a pair of threes, his last to close the first-half scoring as MWHS held a seemingly comfortable 41-27 lead at the half.
But in the third quarter the Porcupines’ defense took the Rams out of their offense, and after Clardy’s trey to begin the period Springtown answered with a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 44-37.
Springtown closed the period on an 8-4 run as the only buckets the hosts allowed were a pair of layups by Rascellis Williams as the Rams held a precarious 48-45 lead as the game moved to the fourth quarter.