Panthers halt losing streak with blowout over Weatherford

It almost seemed like Tyrik Price couldn’t miss a shot, no matter where he was on the floor.

From tip-ins to midrange jumpers to three-pointers, Price had everything working Friday night. The junior shooting guard had 18 points, including 13 in the first half to lead Paschal in a 56-32 road win over Weatherford.

“Tyrik’s one of the best scorers in the entire Metroplex,” said Paschal head coach David Watson. “The guy’s had a fantastic year and tonight was just an example of what he’s been doing all season.”

The win stopped a six-game skid for the Panthers (9-12, 2-7 Dist. 4-6A), who hadn’t won since their last game against the Kangaroos (2-22, 0-9 Dist. 4-6A) Jan. 6.

Price had 10 points, including two three-pointers, during a 13-2 run by the Panthers that blew things open in the first half.

When Price finally cooled off after halftime, junior point guard Dylan Thomas picked up the slack. Thomas scored eight of his 12 points in the second half, and he also had two steals and a block.

A technical foul against Paschal during warmups gave Weatherford two free throws and a 2-0 lead to start the game. The Panthers quickly pulled ahead 3-2 with 6:16 remaining in the first quarter and never trailed again.

Paschal used a full-court press to suffocate Weatherford, making it difficult to even get the ball across half court. Twice the Kangaroos had to call a timeout to avoid a backcourt violation.

The Panthers haven’t pressed as much this season as in previous years, Watson said. They did so Friday in hopes of creating a spark.

“This year we’ve kind of gone away from it,” Watson said of the press defense. “But at this point, what else do we have to lose?”

After going more than three weeks without a win, the coach was glad to see his team finally have a game where everything was working.

“We needed it,” Watson said. “More than the win, we just needed to play hard and kind of feel good about ourselves again.”