In every arsenal, there is always “the big gun.”
Brandon Womac is that big gun for the Salado Eagles.
Earlier this season, Salado head coach Kenny Mann coined the term “arsenal” to describe his team’s cache of “weapons,” each of whom have provided instrumental contributions at key times. But as the Eagles roll through the District 22-2A schedule, one “gun” has shown up night in and night out: Womac.
“Since district has started, he’s definitely become our big gun, no question,” Mann said.
That grit on the floor earned Womac the honor of KDHpressbox.com Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 30-Jan.5 after averaging 17 points per game in leading then-No. 25 Salado to wins over then-No. 3 Jarrell and Rosebud-Lott over the weekend.
“I feel like anyone on any night one of our starters can come out and be the big gun for that night,” Womac said. “Right now, I just (happen to be) the one getting the job done.”
Against Jarrell, Womac attacked the lane with reckless abandon, scoring 15 points in Saturday’s 57-48 win to secure Salado’s (16-6, 4-0 22-2A) sole possession of first place in 22-2A.
And Womac was the spark, scoring 13 of his points during an extended run that saw an 8-5 deficit with 4 ½ minutes left in the first quarter balloon into a 29-15 advantage with 2 ½ remaining before halftime, with Womac scoring the final eight points of that spurt.
“I kind of went out there and knew someone had to step up, and I just tried to get the team rolling, and yeah, I took over and was the big gun for that game,” Womac said.
Added Mann: “He’s just really picked up his effort and he’s doing the little things, and it’s starting to become contagious to the rest of the team.”
Much like the lopsided scores the Eagles are putting up in district, Womac took home Player of the Week honors in landslide fashion, claiming 387 of the 435 total votes cast (89 percent).
“I was just grateful for everyone’s votes, and all the people I have around me that voted for me — their support has been great,” Womac said.
A pair of Ellison guards came in second and third in the voting with just over 20 each — Lady Eagles point guard Kenesha Saygo (24 votes) and Eagles sharpshooter Malik Hawkins (21 votes).
Saygo scored a game-high 25 points in powering Ellison to a 72-58 win over then-district leading Copperas Cove last Friday. Hawkins, last week’s player of the week, hit six 3-pointers and scored 23 points as the Eagles defeated the Bulldawgs 83-75.
Temple senior post Tyesha Taylor rounded out the voting despite racking up 20 points, 17 rebounds, four blocks and two steals to help the No. 16-ranked Tem-Cats blast Harker Heights 62-40.