The Calallen Wildcats ran into a rough week after winning their Calallen Christmas Classic tournament last week.
After losing in an upset against the Incarnate Word Angels Jan. 1, the Wildcats lost again on Friday to 3A powerhouse West Oso Runnin' Bears, 55-42.
"I knew it was going to be a tough game," said Calallen head coach Jeff Crews. "With them being ranked in the state, beating them at their home was going to be tough."
Leading the way in points were Calallen's Michael Conroy and West Oso's Noe Villarreal with 11 each. All three of Villarreal's field goals came by way of 3-pointers.
Conroy also had six rebounds and a block.
Wildcat freshman guard Deron Belford also hit double-digits in scoring with 10 points, but he only scored two points in the second half.
Looking like it would be a close game after the first quarter, the Bears had a slight edge, 17-13.
Passing the ball was in West Oso's favor as the team had five assists in the first quarter - three came from Markeith Smith. Smith finished the game with six of the team's nine assists.
The Bears began to pull away in the second quarter and led by as much as 10 points before the 3-minute mark.
The Wildcats, however, managed to keep the game close as they were behind by seven at the half, 33-26.
The third quarter was a mess on both sides.
Calallen looked like it was back in the game, starting the second half on quick back-to-back shots from Conroy and Eric Shulz.
The Wildcats were down by just three points, with more than seven minutes left in the quarter, but it was all the scoring they did.
The Bears began a blistering 20-0 run that crossed over into the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats scoreless streak continued until the 5-minute mark.
Once again, Calallen looked to be getting back in the game going on an 8-0 run, but the deficit was too much for the Wildcats.
After finishing the non-district season at 14-6, the Wildcats are looking forward to starting district play.
"What we did in non-district play was good," Crews said. "Hopefully we can take what we did in the beginning of the season and get better for district."
Calallen plays Robstown in its district opener Friday at 8 p.m. at Robstown High School.
Both teams finished their non-district seasons on Tuesday.