Coming off an impressive run through the Region II-1A bracket that required wins over Highland (48-36), Roby (60-27), No. 8 May (45-33), No. 4 Veribest (54-45) and No. 12 Rankin (62-41), the 13th-ranked Westbrook Lady Cats enter the Class 1A state semifinals with an abundance of confidence.
And why shouldn’t they? They’ve won nine of their last 10 games to improve to 26-4 on the year, while claiming their first district title since 1980 and their first state tournament berth in program history.
But waiting on the other side of the curtain, as a result of and reward for all that achievement, is Westbrook’s biggest challenge to date — a matchup with the most successful girls basketball program the state of Texas has ever seen.
In the Nazareth Swiftettes, with whom the Lady Cats will tangle at 7 p.m. Friday at Wolfforth Frenship, WHS will not only bear the burden of facing the No. 2 team in the state, it also will be tasked with matching the poise and composure of a program that’s making its 30th trip to the state semifinals and is in search of its 25th state championship.