Offense sputters but Wildcats still unbeaten

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Point production has slightly dropped off for the Wildcats but Whitehouse was able to remain undefeated in District 17-5A basketball competition last week.

Whitehouse defeated Lindale and Ennis to move to 7-0 in the loop standings. The Wildcats improved to 22-6 for the season and they played at Corsicana Tuesday, Feb. 6. Whitehouse will host Nacogdoches for Senior Night Friday, Feb. 9, and will conclude the regular season at Jacksonville Tuesday, Feb. 13. Both contests will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Whitehouse averaged 55.5 points per game for the seven district game, but fell to 50.5 points per contest the last four games. The defense improved during the same time after the Cats allowed 42.1 points for all seven games but only 37.5 the final four games.

Whitehouse 40, Lindale 34

The Wildcats posted their lowest production since a 48-40 win over Canyon Randall in the Burkburnett Classic in early December. Both teams struggled for points but Whitehouse was able to squeeze out a 40-34 victory to stay atop the district standings.

Lindale had the hot hand in the first quarter and the Eagles forged a 12-7 lead in the period. Teigan Edwards dropped in a three-point bucket and scored five points to help lead the Eagles. Gary Pittman also connected on a three-pointer. Kolby Jimmerson and Peyton Kennedy managed the only field goals for the Wildcats and Jimmerson also scored on both of his free throws for four points in the quarter.

Connery Churchill found his range from beyond the three-point arc in the second frame. He rattled in a pair from that range and scored eight points to keep Lindale on top on the scoreboard. Edwards also popped the net for a three-point bucket and added a free throw for four points.

Whitehouse was able to match the 12 points Lindale scored in the second stanza. Jake Clemons scored from three-point range and McKade Marquis, Javier Neal and Kennedy each scored a bucket for the Wildcats. Neal had a difficult time at the free throw line but was able to connect on two of his seven attempts for four points in the quarter.

Lindale eased into the halftime break with a 24-19 advantage.

Whitehouse needed a rally and Jackson Mahomes provided the spark with seven points in the third stanza. Marquis added five points, including a three-point basket and Kennedy and Jimmerson each hit a field goal to help the Wildcats use a 16-5 run to take a 35-29 lead into the final period. Churchill was the only scorer for Lindale in the third quarter with all five points, including one three-point basket.

The Whitehouse defense continued to ground the Eagles in the fourth quarter. Lindale scored five points in the final minutes, including a field goal and free throw for three points from Kale Walters.

The Wildcats needed stout defense because the offense went cold and managed only five points in the fourth stanza, all from the free throw line. Mahomes scored four of his six attempts and Neal dropped in one of three at the stripe.

It was enough to keep the Wildcats in the lead and they were able to pull out the 40-34 victory to remain perfect in district competition.

Of the 30 personal fouls called in the game, Lindale was tagged for 19 and Whitehouse had 11. No player fouled out and Whitehouse connected on 14 of 26 for 54 percent at the free throw line. Lindale scored on four of nine for 44 percent.

Mahomes, who scored 11 points in the second half, finished as the leading scorer for Whitehouse with 13 points. Churchill paced the Eagles with 15 points. Also for Whitehouse, Marquis contributed seven, Jimmerson and Kennedy scored six points apiece, Neal added five to the team total and Clemons scored three points. Edwards scored nine points for Lindale and Pittman and Walters each added five points.

WH 7 12 16 5 - 40

Lin 12 12 5 5 - 34

Whitehouse 54, Ennis 36

Neal scored 13 of his 15 total points in the first half to help push the Wildcats into a sizable halftime lead. Jimmerson took the reigns in the third period and the defense stymied the Ennis offense for much of the second half. Whitehouse coasted to a 54-36 victory over the Lions.

Despite a slight problem at the free throw line, the Wildcats pulled out to a 15-8 lead in the opening frame. Neal scored six points and Mahomes added four more to the total. The Wildcats scored on two of six at the stripe but still managed to forge a good lead.

Loel Spencer rattled the rim for a three-point bucket for Ennis in the second stanza but it was one of the very few highlights for the Lions.

Meanwhile, Neal kept up the pressure on Ennis with seven more points in the second quarter, including one basket from beyond the three-point arc. Brandon Bullard got into the paint for four points and Clemons found the range for one basket for three-points.

Whitehouse took a 20-12 scoring edge in the quarter and finished the first half with a 35-20 lead.

If the Lions had any thoughts of a rally in the third period, the Wildcats quickly erased that potential. Instead, Jimmerson broke out for seven points that included a three-pointer and two free throws in two attempts. Neal, Mahomes and Kennedy each scored two points and Whitehouse used a 13-8 run to enter the final stanza with a sizable 48-28 advantage. Dikeevian Grimes contributed five points for the Lions in the quarter.

Hayden Holley and Mahomes each scored a bucket in the fourth quarter and Cooper Clemons connected on both of his free throw attempts for two points. Whitehouse coasted to a 54-36 victory.

With 15 points in the game, Neal led all scorers. Mahomes added 10 points, Jimmerson finished with nine, Bullard contributed six and Kennedy posted six points, all at the free throw line. Also, Jake Clemons scored three, Marquis added one and Cooper Clemons and Holley scored two points apiece.

Spencer scored 10 points to place the Lions, Grimes added nine and Martay Richards scored four points.

Whitehouse was whistled for 13 personal fouls and Ennis collected 20 infractions. One player, J. Harris, fouled out for Lindale and each team was assessed a technical foul. At the stripe, Whitehouse connected on 12 of 16 for 75 percent and Ennis scored on six of eight, also for 75 percent.

WH 15 20 13 6 - 54

Ennis 8 12 8 8 - 36

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