North Crowley HS – Fort Worth, TX
The North Crowley Men’s Basketball Team picked up 2 more wins this past week. The Panthers who have won 15 District Championships in the 19 years the school has been opened, had placed themselves in a must win situation after a January 5th loss to their District 4-6A rival, Arlington Bowie. Since the early January loss, the Panthers had rolled off 6 straight dominating district wins all of which were by double figures. The Vols from Arl. Bowie…. same feat! 6 straight District 4-6A wins to set up the showdown between the to programs!
The Panthers came out fast and furious, jumping on the Volunteers 21-7 in the first quarter. Junior Forward, Isaiah Crawford came out on fire hitting his first 4 shots of the game (including a three) for 9 points in the quarter. Arl. Bowie and “Super Soph.” Cade Cunningham would refuse to go away that easily though. Cunningham roared back with a 13 point second quarter including 5 of 5 from the line as the Vols narrowed the Panther lead to single digits 38-29 at the half.
The Panthers have a high profile player of their own in Jr. Guard and UCLA commit, Grant Sherfield that came to play as well. Sherfield who had a nice first half scoring 12 for the Panthers put up 13 more in the 3rd quarter alone as Cunningham & Sherfield battled back and forth for their teams. The Vols owned the early parts of the 3rd quarter as they battled all the way back to take a 1 point lead mid-way through the frame, but Sherfield, Crawford and the Panthers dominated the back half to stretch their lead back up to 8, 60-52 at the end of the period. The 4th quarter? All Panthers! The Panthers dominated the 4th period 24-14 as they pulled away from Arl. Bowie in front of their home fans 84-62! The 22 point victory was the largest margin of victory by either team since they entered district play against one another 8 years ago.
Sherfield led the Panthers with a game high 33 points, but it was his defense that had the Panther faithful buzzing as he shut Cunningham down late in the 3rd and early in the 4th quarter. Fellow 2019 classmate, Crawford was just as dominant in the win scoring 23 points, to go along with his game high & season high 17 rebounds and 7 blocks. Sr. Tayron Moffett rounded out the Panthers double-digit scorers with 13 points to go along with a game high 6 assists! The home win for the Panthers marked their 199th in school history, as their record grew to a remarkable 199-13!
On Friday, North Crowley traveled to Paschal HS to take on the Paschal Panthers and tried to avoid a let down after the huge Bowie win. The boys gym at Paschal High School is not very big and does not have much room for seating… the fans, the bench, the workers, the media are all crammed into a very “tight” gymnasium that creates a totally different atmosphere than anywhere else North Crowley travels to play. Fort Worth Paschal entered the game in sole possession of 4th place in District 4-6A and were in search of their 20th win of the season, 19-11. The North Crowley Panthers entered the game in sole possession of 1st place in the district and entered the contest with a 24-5 overall record and a 9-1 district record.
North Crowley picked up right where they left off in the Bowie game… lock down defense and timely offense. The Panthers won each of the first three quarters to take a 48-23 lead going into the 4th and final frame. Paschal mounted a comeback that saw them cut the Panther lead to 10, but North Crowley held on for the 60-49 final.
North Crowley had 4 scorers in double figures for the game. Sherfield again led the way in scoring with a game high 17 points to go along with his game high 7 assists. Senior Forward, Craig Jordan scored 15 points to go along with his game 8 rebounds. Crawford scored 12 points, grabbed 7 rebounds & dropped 5 assists to go along with his game high 4 steals. Moffett closed out the double digit scorers with 12 points of his own hitting 4 three-pointers for the game.
The Panthers will be back in action next week as they host the Arl. Martin Warriors on Tuesday night and travel to Arl. Sam Houston on Friday. The Panthers have a chance to win the program’s 200th home game in school history with a victory over the Warriors and take 1 step closer to their 16th District Championship. The women’s Senior Night game is set to tip-off at 6:00PM and the men’s game will start immediately following the women’s senior night activities following their game!