It is very hard to contain ultra-quick point guard Tez Scroggins.
Washburn Rural found that out first-hand.
Scroggins scored a career-high 32 points for Shawnee Heights in a 60-53 win over the Junior Blues.
“That win gives us a little confidence back, we’ve been struggling these last couple few weeks,” Scroggins said. “We were just playing our game constantly moving the ball and I was attacking like I usually do, just playing my game.”
Shawnee Heights (16-2) has been the top-ranked 5A team for a majority of the season winning their first 14 games, but had lost two of three before beating Washburn Rural.
“These past couple of games we weren’t having fun and weren’t aggressive even and we kind of got back to that on Friday (against Rural),” Scroggins said.
Scroggins made 10 of 21 shots from the floor including two 3-pointers and sank 10 of 14 free-throw attempts.
“I just wasn’t really settling, I was attacking,” Scroggins said. “My 3s were falling down and I was getting to the hole and making my free throws.”
Scroggins is averaging 16.7 points and 3.6 assists in 18 games while shooting 51 percent from the field. Opposing teams game plan against him with many teams playing a tight zone to limit his penetration, but Scroggins is confident that he can get to the basket at any time.
“That’s pretty much how I feel about anybody,” Scroggins said. “(I have to balance it because) I don’t want to be too selfish, but I still don’t want to be over-passive.”
Shawnee Heights will wrap up regular season play this week against Topeka High (7-11) and Hayden (12-6) before beginning sub-state play next week. The T-Birds need to win one more to clinch the top seed in their sub-state bracket.