Walnut Springs continued its roller coaster ride through Class A-Division 2 District 20 boys basketball last week, falling to Blum, 61-57, and cruising past Oglesby 61-42.
The Hornets concluded the week 9-11 overall and 7-4 in league play.
At Blum on Feb. 3, Walnut Springs fell behind early, caught up and built a 45-39 lead after three, and was then outscored 22-12 in the fourth.
Blum's Austin Bullard led all scorers with 18 points to go with six steals, while Neil Castor had 15 points, 10 boards five assists and four thefts. BHS also received big games from J.J. Taylor — 11 points, six boards, three dimes and two steals — and Corey Warthman — nine points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
Walnut Springs had two in double figures as Mario Ballesteros hit 6-8 from the floor on his way to scoring 13, and Andrew Herring had both a dozen points and a dozen boards.
Others scoring for the Hornets were Jacob White with eight points to go with six rebounds and three assists, Johnathan Stack with seven, Eddie Whitt with six, Mar Sanchez, Rey Chavez and Kody Stack with three each and Kyle Roundtree with two.
Both teams shot well from the field, as Walnut Springs hit 57-percent and Blum connected on 41-percent. The biggest difference came at the free throw line, where both clubs had a poor night. The Hornets were only 4-16 at the stripe for just 25-percent, while Blum was 32-percent on 12-38.
The free throw shooting wasn't any better against Oglesby, but everything else went Walnut Springs' way last Friday, especially for Herring.
Herring poured in 24 points and tallied nine rebounds and four steals to carry the Hornets on a night when they hit only two of 15 charity shots (13-percent).
WSHS found itself in a dogfight after leading by just one at the end of the first period, but outscored Oglesby 35-20 in the second and third quarters to build a commanding advantage.
Behind Herring, White scored nine and Matthew Prescher had eight. Both grabbed seven rebounds. Sanchez and Kody Stack each scored six, while Sanchez got on the boards nine times and committed three thefts and Stack grabbed five rebounds. Ballesteros tallied five points and three steals, while Eddie Whitt scored three.
The Hornets visited Kopperl on Tuesday, travel to Acquilla on Friday and host Waco's Rapoport Academy in the regular season finale next Tuesday.