For the Prowlers, a 73-27 drubbing of winless Pecos on Feb. 4 not only evened their record at 15-15 but, more importantly, improved the team to 4-2 in 4A District 2 play. With two games remaining, the Prowlers are in second place with a 4-2 record behind Seminole (6-0), and ahead of Andrews (4-3), Monahans (2-5) and Pecos (0-7).
Fort Stockton faces Andrews Friday, Feb. 7 at home for its Senior Night, before closing out on the road against Monahans on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
The Panthersm meanwhile, rallied and then held off Pecos for a 66-63 win.
While the Panthers are 7-18 overall, they are an impressive 3-2 in district play and now sit solidly in third place behind Seminole (4-0) and Andrews (4-1). Monahans is 1-4 and Pecos is 0-4.
If the team can beat Andrews in Friday's Senior Night game, Fort Stockton would have a chance to finish second. Andrews won the first meeting, 66-37. A win over Monahans would all but lock up third place, but that is no lock given the Panthers squeaked out a 40-36 win in the teams' first meeting at Fort Stockton. To challenge for first, the Panthers would have to run the table, including their Tuesday, Feb. 18 district finale at Seminole.
One year ago, the Panthers finished 1-29 overall and 0-8 in district. To have a winning district mark this late in the season, and a legitimate chance at the playoffs is a huge move forward for the program.