By Clay Fowler
Killeen Daily Herald
As basketball season winds down, each game carries more significance as it pertains to the playoffs.
The Shoemaker boys and girls basketball teams were certainly both aware of the importance, but each dropped close games to Bryan on Tuesday, separating them further from the top three teams in their districts.
The girls, who fell 53-50, missed not only the chance to gain vital ground on Temple and Copperas Cove, but hand first-place Bryan their first district loss.
With a win over Bryan the Lady Grey Wolves (20-9, 5-5 District 13-5A) would have remained two games behind Temple (20-7, 8-2) and Cove (20-8, 8-2) with a visit to the Lady Dawgs coming today. Of the four remaining games on the SHS schedule Cove is the only team Shoemaker has not already beaten.
The boys, who lost 47-43 at Bryan, have six games remaining, but with Temple and Waco at 7-1 in district and Cove and Harker Heights at 6-2, the Grey Wolves (12-13, 3-5) chances to crack the top three appear far more difficult.
Although they have beaten three of the remaining teams they'll play and taken the Wildcats to overtime in a loss at Temple, an away game at Harker Heights looms along with a meeting with Waco, who topped SHS by 22 points on Jan. 14.
Player of the week:
Scoerd a season-high 19 points in the Grey Wolves 47-43 loss to Bryan on Tuesday.
Statistic of the week:
Number of turnovers Lady Grey Wolf backup guards Christina Daniels and Makeisha Brewer committed in the second half of the loss to Bryan after being forced into action against the full-court press of the top team in district.