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“The kids stepped it up.” Pappas continued. “Nick Wendt came in for DaShawn and played big for us, and Ty Ashley (who led the team with eight rebounds) did a great job. A.J. played very well, and (sophomore point guard Biren (Clardy) and (recent varsity addition) Roscoe (Rascellis Williams) also played well. It was a total team effort.
“Just to win this game on the road under the circumstances we faced was remarkable.
“Anytime you can win on the road in tis district is a big win. We didn’t want to lose this game and be tied for third place, and it is good to get some cushion on Lake Worth.
“We need to take care of business next week with two home games (against Diamond Hill on Tuesday and Springtown on Friday) and we feel like we can win them both if we play hard and play well.
“But right now, I couldn’t be happier to get out of here with a win.”
The comeback began on a three-pointer form the right perimeter by Hicks. After a Lake Worth turnover, Clardy drove the lane, scored on a layup and was fouled. He hit the charity shot to cut the Bullfrogs’ lead to 11-6.
Hicks stayed hot and drained another trey and scored on a lightning-fast baseline drive to cut the lead to 13-11.
Lake Worth took a 15-12 lead before A.J. Williams muscled his way in the lane and scored on a put back to cut the Bullfrogs’ precarious lead to 15-14.
Fittingly, the hot Hicks gave the Rams their first lead of the contest. Lake Worth could not stop another drive and Hicks was fouled going strong to the hoop. He connected on both free throws to give MWHS a 16-15 lead which took away the hosts’ momentum.