Fox Creek gets taken out in third round playoffs

For the Fox Creek High School varsity boys basketball team No. 16 wasn't sweet.

The Predators (20-7) couldn't stretch their win streak and lost for the first time in the New Year. Their opponent, Lewisville, is slated to play against Whale Branch for the Class A state championship.

Fox Creek dug itself into a hole in the first quarter that only expanded going into the half. A seven-point lead turned into a 15 point deficit, and the Predators weren't able to string together a charge like they had so many times during the streak.

"I couldn't pay them to a miss a shot," Fox Creek head coach Andre Baskett said. "Lewisville missed a total of three shots in the first half and they just wore us down. That was the game we've talked about all season. ... It was just tough trying to play against a good team to get back. The closest we got was 12 at the end of the game. They just shot the ball really well, and we scored around our average number of points, our defense just couldn't stop them."

A two hour bus ride likely didn't do the Predators any favors, either.

"Having your home crowd behind you is always better than being on the road," Baskett said. "Especially when the atmosphere is catered toward them with the introductions with the strobe lights and stuff like that. A few calls didn't go our way in the beginning of the game. DJ Curry and Brandyn Quiller both picked up charge calls in the first two plays of the game."

The third quarter, which tended to favor the Predators throughout the year, also went to the Lions. Lewisville outscored Fox Creek 18-12 in the third before the Predators put together 22 points in the fourth to make the final score more respectable.

Chris Harmon, one of the senior leaders on the team, was also the game's high scorer with 19 points. Curry, another senior on the team, had nine as well.

"We made history this year, we won the region and went undefeated in it and also made it to the third round of the playoffs," Baskett said. "We're happy about it and we wish we could have made it further, but Lewisville beat us. It's well deserved for them."

Fortunately for Fox Creek, a number of the players on the roster are underclassmen, including Quiller, who had 14 points and is just a sophomore.

"I think next year we'll piggyback off what we did this year," Baskett said. "It seems like we're losing a lot, but I think we're keeping more than we're losing. We've got Brandyn Quiller coming back, we've got Marques Sumner and Darshon Broadwater. If Deondre (Baskett, Andre Baskett's son) decides to play, he'll be back. We've also got Corrin Cannon and Andrew Crytzer. We also have some transfer guys who weren't able to play this year that will play next year. I hope we're going to surprise some people next year, too."