High school hoops: Arlington Heights and Country Day lose, Paschal survives


The end of the week proved victorious for only one Fort Worth high school basketball team.

A stagnant offense and a short rotation doomed Arlington Heights Friday night in their district basketball game as they fell to Eastern Hills, 54-42.

Country Day suffered the same fate, falling on the road at Oakridge 64-34 and remained winless in conference play.

Paschal was the only team celebrating as they went into the weekend after their hard-fought road win, 52-48, against Trimble Tech.

Here are your high school hoops weekend roundup:

Arlington Heights

The Yellowjackets were on a four-game winning streak entering Friday’s game, but Eastern Hills came out and put an end to it.

Javonte Washington had 22 points for the Highlanders, who took an early lead and never looked back. Bennett Brown led the way for Arlington Heights with 18 points before fouling out.

Arlington Heights and Eastern Hills warm up for their district matchup on Feb. 1, 2019. Photo by Nick Stephens.

The much-anticipated matchup between Brown and 6-foot-8-inch Highlander center Eric Witt was never really featured, as Witt was in foul trouble for most of the first half and finished with only 4 points.

Eastern Hills compensated for Witt’s quiet night with excellent guard play and timely 3-point shooting– five different Highlanders hit a three-pointer during the game.

Carlton Coleman was the only other Yellowjacket in double figures as he finished with 13 points.

Noticeably missing from the game was standout senior guard Jason Jones, though the reason for his absence has not been disclosed.

The loss moves Arlington Heights (7-4 in district) into sole possession of fourth place (the final playoff spot) in district 6-5A, directly ahead of Eastern Hills. The Yellowjackets are one game behind both Southwest and South Hills, who sit in a tie for second.

Next up for Heights is another home game Tuesday against the South Hills Scorpions. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.

Country Day

The struggles continue for Fort Worth Country Day as the Falcons dropped a road conference game against Oakridge, 64-34.

FWCD remains winless in the Southwest Preparatory Conference (0-6) as they sit in a tie at the bottom of the standings with fellow Fort Worth school, Trinity Valley.

The Falcons get a break from conference play on Tuesday when they host Community Christian at 7 p.m.


Paschal’s Jack Simanek (22) waits to inbound the ball against North Crowley on Jan. 25, 2019. Photo by Nick Stephens.

The lone winner this weekend was Paschal, who pulled out a narrow 52-48 victory over last-in-district Trimble Tech on the road.

Senior guard Billy Hill led the way for the Panthers with 19 points, including a clutch 3-pointer late in the game that gave Paschal the lead.

The victory moves the Panthers closer to the playoff picture. Paschal sits one game behind fourth-place Arlington Heights for the final playoff spot.

Paschal will face another road test on Tuesday when they travel to Arlington-Lamar. Tip-off will be at 7:30 p.m.