Ferris Yellow Jackets take one step closer to being district champs
The Ellis County Press
FERRIS - After having been plagued by the third period of play all season, it was nice to see the Yellow Jackets really step up their game last Friday against Kennedale.
The Jackets were ready for the Wildcats matching them stride for stride and point for point from the very beginning of the game.
The past issues of missed three-pointers and free throws were resolved as Tevin Richard, Paul Alexander and Casey Leamon all found nothing but net to give Ferris a 21-17 lead after the first period.
Ferris continued to sink three-pointers through the second period but Kennedale would not go down without a fight.
Ferris was able to take a slight 37-31 lead right before half-time. After having battled with Crandall and Kaufman, and with the marginal win over Alvarado, Ferris needed to understand that they could play as tough and as physical as any other team.
They could not have realized this at a better time with the district champion title looming in the near distance.
There was no question Friday night that they were there to play up to their potential.
Kennedale played hard and relentless until the final minutes of the game and Ferris was ready for them.
Typically the Yellow Jackets weakest period of play turned out to be what helped them gain the victory Friday night.
The set pattern of free throws and three pointers helped Ferris out score Kennedale 19-10 to take a 56-41 lead going into the fourth period.
This time it was Kennedale that began to tire and get sloppy while Ferris continued to steadily roll on.
With 3:12 left in the game Ferris had a 68-48 lead and free throws from Leamon and Richard in the final seconds of play resulted in a Ferris triumph, 71-58.
High scorers were Paul Alexander with 21, Tevin Richard with 20, Casey Leamon with 13, and Jeremy Masterson with 8.
Head Coach James Rogers neatly summed up the outlook for the rest of the season. "[We] have to come out and compete in the third period. Tuesday night is for the district champion title and we want to be the district champs."