Kenny Mann calls it being competitive. Brandon Womac says it’s being passionate about the game.
If Womac didn’t independently agree that his competive drive is what elevates his basketball game, the two would probably debate which — being competitive versus being passionate — is more accurate.
“I’m a person that hates to lose and Brandon, he might match my hatred with losing,” said Mann, the Salado head boys basketball coach. “That drives him a lot. He just makes a lot of plays when he has to. If it looks like we’re not going to get it done, he just takes the team on his shoulders and just picks his game up every time he needs to do that.”
Womac received 438 votes (83 percent) to win the KDHPressbox.com Player of the Week award for Jan. 20-26 after averaging 16.5 points a game last week to lead the 13th-ranked Eagles to wins over Lexington and Rosebud-Lott.
It was Womac’s second Player of the Week award in less than a month. He also won for the week of Dec. 30-Jan. 5.
“It’s an honor getting it once, but twice, it’s unbelievable,” Womac said. “Whoever nominates us and all the people behind me voting, I’m thankful for all of them.”
Womac scored 17 in the Eagles’ 68-34 win over Lexington last Tuesday and 16 against Rosebod-Lott in a 69-52 win on Friday to keep Salado unbeaten through its first nine District 22-2A games. No. 14 Jarrell did avenge an earlier loss to the Eagles, however, on Tuesday night with a 57-55 overtime win at home. Womac scored 15 in the loss.
Womac said his competitiveness comes out as much when the team is locked in a close game or losing as when he’s playing H-O-R-S-E or ping-pong with friends.
“I think just passion for the game. And, I’m just really competitive,” Womac said. “I hate losing and pretty much whatever it takes to win, I’ll go out there and give it my best. I just don’t like coming off the court with a loss.”
Ellison Lady Eagles senior point guard Kenesha Saygo finished second in the voting after averaging 13.5 points in the 15th-ranked Lady Eagles’ wins over Harker Heights and No. 13 Temple.
Shoemaker Grey Wolves junior Shane Johnson finished third and Copperas Cove Lady Dawgs’ senior guard Shawnte’ Goff finished fourth.
Johnson averaged 14.5 points a game as the Grey Wolves beat Killeen ISD rivals Killeen and Harker Heights.
Goff averaged 13.5 points a game as the Lady Dawgs’ stretched their District 8-5A win streak to five games following wins over Belton and Harker Heights last week.