The Wharton Runnin’ Tigers have won seven consecutive games going back to the Devine Tournament the second week of December.
Their winning streak includes their second and last tournament of the season that was played during the Wharton Independent School District’s holiday break that is still going on.
To achieve this win streak, the Runnin’ Tigers outdid themselves from the Devine Tournament when they won 3-1. This time at the Schulenberg Tournament, they won three games.
The victories came against Sacred Heart (60-23), Bellville (62-37) and Moulton (54-47).
Coach Calvin King provided information on high scorers for each game.
They are as follows:
Against Sacred Heart, Roy Gentry 14, Fred Jones 11, and James Jones 11. Against Bellville, James Jones 27, Fred Jones 18, and Joerell Davis 10. Against Moulton, James Jones 17, Davis 16, and Fred Jones 12.
WHS scored 20 points in the first quarter against Sacred Heart and had a 41-12 lead at halftime to help in the blowout. A 27-point third quarter helped WHS prevail against Bellville as the team held on to a cautious 25-20 halftime lead. WHS only allowed Bellville three points in the first quarter. In the tournament championship against Moulton, the WHS defense only allowed its foe to score four points. Going into that final quarter, Moulton had a 41-37 lead. WHS scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to pull ahead for the seven-point win.
The basketball work the coaching staff and players produced in Schulenberg earned Wharton the tournament championship and an 11-1 record on the year. In Devine, the Runnin’ Tigers were second and at the time improved to 6-1.
Incredibly, Wharton has only played three games at home, the last one on Dec. 20 against Galena Park in a 60-44 victory.
Ironically, before that the Runnin’ Tigers played a Dec. 10 home game against Schulenberg, and a week before hosted and beat Sweeny.
King said Wharton’s basketball schedule was not planned this way. He said other sports have had an effect on the Runnin’ Tigers.
“Honestly it just kind of worked out that way; we have to work our schedule around football and the girls games,” King said. “Some years it just lent itself to having more home or more away games.”
At press time, WHS played yet another road game, but this one more important than anything they have done combined – the district opener.
WHS traveled to Brookshire on Friday, Jan. 3 to play against Royal for a 2:30 p.m. tip-off.
The Runnin’ Tigers will play most of their District 25-4A games this month – eight total – four here and four away.
They will host Sealy (Tuesday, Jan. 7), Fulshear (Friday, Jan. 17), Stafford (Tuesday, Jan. 21), and Royal (Tuesday, Jan. 28).
King said WHS will likely have more home games next year.
Still, it does give players and coaches alike the grand opportunity to become united.
“I will say there is a benefit to playing games on the road non-district; you are tested with hostile crowds, different gyms, traveling issues,” King said. “This team has continued to step up to adversity and battled through games to be at the point of where we are at now.”
Going into the district opener, King described the Royal game as “a difficult road test.”
King added: “But, we are happy with the success we have had so far this season, and our looking to improve upon that with district.”
Schulenburg Tournament (by quarters)
Wharton def. Sacred Heart, 60-23
Sacred Heart 8-4-9-2--23
Wharton def. Bellville, 62-37
Wharton def. Moulton, 54-47