Travis Reeh’s shots weren’t falling in the first half. The Our Lady of the HIlls’ senior guard had received plenty of opportunities against Hallettsville Sacred Heart. But for some reason, he wasn’t capitalizing.
At halftime, OLH senior William Westfall offered Reeh a simple message: Don’t worry about the misses; just keep shooting. Westfall had been playing with Reeh long enough to know that if his teammate kept receiving open looks,
he was eventually going to connect.
Sure enough, Reeh unleashed a scoring barrage in the second half, dropping 20 of his 29 points in the final 16 minutes to propel the Hawks to a 75-45 victory over Sacred Heart on Tuesday.
Despite Reeh’s shooting struggles, the Hawks (16-8, 4-1) still enjoyed a 37-24 lead after the first half. But once Reeh started burying triples, what was once a somewhat competitve game turned into a rout, as the Hawks outscored the Indians, 28-12 in the third quarter.
“The second half was our best half of the season,” Reeh said. “When we are playing our best, we are a scary team. We can run with anyone in the state.”
It was a lesson that Sacred Heart painfully learned on Tuesday. Joaquin Vazquez delivered 21 points. Westfall contributed eight points And Hunter Taylor contributed 10 points, including a thunderous dunk in the first half that energized the crowd.
“I went crazy after the dunk. I think everyone went crazy,” Reeh said. “That was the best play I have ever been a part of on a team.”