Woodrow defeats Lincoln to remain atop 12-4A

DALLAS -- Any other year, beating Dallas Lincoln once would make for a successful season for Dallas Woodrow Wilson.

This year is different.

Woodrow (20-3, 8-1) beat District 12-4A rival Lincoln (13-11, 7-3) on Saturday for the second time this season, 72-63. However, the two wins are just a side note to the district championship that potentially looms in Woodrow’s future.

“It’s a good win for our program,” Woodrow coach Pat Washington said. “We’re making strides in the right direction, but today our guys just played basketball. They knew Lincoln was in the way of us potentially winning a district championship and they did what they had to do.”

Woodrow created some breathing room with a 9-0 run to end the first quarter with a 15-6 lead.

After the game, Washington gave high praise to guard Chance Houston, whose defense created several turnovers that translated into fast-break layups.

“The guy today was Chance Houston,” Washington said. “He had four or five steals. What he does defensively sparks and ignites us. I thought Chance did a heck of a job defensively today.”

Houston also pitched in 15 points. Point guard Trey Washington scored a team-high 18 for Woodrow.

Woodrow remains on top of District 12-4A, with its lone loss coming against Dallas Hillcrest. Hillcrest (20-4, 7-2) fell twice this year to Lincoln and is a game behind Woodrow.

Hillcrest and Woodrow play each other in the final game of the season, a clash that very well could decide the district title.

Having already lost to Hillcrest will serve as motivation for Trey Washington and Woodrow.

“Revenge,” Washington said. “That’s what we’re looking for -- revenge. Last time we let them beat us, but it’s not going to happen this time.”