Just like, the football team, the Wildcats earn our team of the week award.
Crowell's chase for a boys state basketball title is taking a similar twist like the football teams run to a state title.
The Wildcats ran the gauntlet of playing ranked team in the football title run.
On the hoop court, Crowell got a bye, then last Friday in the area round game at D.L Ligon coliseum, the 16th ranked Wildcats beat number 7 Throckmorton 78-72.
The game was exciting and a battle to the finish.
Dion Mitchell, Crowell Head Coach:We shot the ball extremely well tonight. Diante was on fire tonight. That is something you cant coach. Will attacking the basket and finding open guys. That sparked us that was the energy we needed. And as a coach you cant coach that. I have a great bunch of kids. Lucky we came out on top tonight. We are on the van we are trying to make it down I-35 so we are on the van now.
The drive to I-35 continued Tuesday night with a win over 12th ranked Eula.
Friday at Abilene Christian University, the Wildcats will play another ranked team in number 4 Water Valley in the regional semifinals.
If the Water Valley name sounds familiar, both teams met up in the football regional semifinals.
That game of course featured "the play" that led to the Wildcats winning a state title.
Mitchell Parsley gives the ball to Lex Bond who pitched it back to Parsley for the game winning touchdown pass to Bond late in the game.
Speaking of Parsley, the team has added incentive to win the basketball title.
Mitchell's father Kirk passed away on February 15th, six days before last Friday's Throckmorton game.
The Crowell community showed support to the Parsley family by wearing special ribbons and the basketball team putting Kirk's initials on the teams sneakers.
Mitchell Parsley, Crowell Junior Guard:I couldn't ask for a better team and community. Everyone pitched in. They were there for me and my family. Honestly I couldn't thank them enough.
Diante Mitchell, Crowell Senior Guard:K.P. That's for him all of the way.
Will Hogan, Crowell Junior Guard:Oh we have team dinners. We are here for Mitchell. We are carrying it on for him. We are doing it for Kirk. We are wearing ribbons. We are doing it for him. We need to remember who we are playing this game for. He wanted to see this and we want to give it to him.
Our team of the week looks to fulfill at goal of winning state for the team, community and Mitchell Parsley's father Kirk.
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