Wildcats prepare for district competition


The non-district schedule for Whitehouse ended Monday, Jan. 8, when the Wildcats hosted Hudson. Whitehouse will begin District 17-5A competition at Ennis Friday, Jan. 12.

The Wildcats will host Lindale Tuesday, Jan. 16, and Corsicana Friday, Jan. 19. With a victory over Hudson Monday, Jan. 8, Whitehouse is 15-6 for the season. The record includes a loss to Pittsburg and a double-overtime victory over Lufkin last week.

Whitehouse 64, Hudson 37

In their final tune-up before the district race, the Wildcats hosted Lufkin Hudson, but the Hornets may not have provided the kind of competition Whitehouse will face in loop action. The Wildcats ran to a 21-9 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.

Jackson Mahomes and Kolby Jimmerson both scored in double figures and eight players contributed to the scoring for the Wildcats, who posted a 64-37 victory.

Mahomes, Jimmerson and Peyton Kennedy each scored six points in the first few minutes of the game. Mahomes dropped in a trio of field goals, Kennedy rattled the rim for a pair of three-point buckets and Jimmerson popped the net for a three-point shot, a regular field goal and a free throw to help push the lead. McKade Marquis also hit a three-pointer to give Whitehouse four baskets from beyond the arc in the first quarter.

Cade Courtney paced the Hornets with six points of his own, matching Jimmerson’s output in the same manner. Kade Johnson also dropped in a three-point basket for Hudson for a total of six three-pointers by both teams in the first stanza.

Mahomes exploded for four more field goals for eight points in the second stanza, and Brandon Bullard and Marquis each scored a basket. The Whitehouse defense held Hudson to a single field goal, although the Hornets did connect on three of four shots at the charity stripe. The end result was a 33-14 halftime lead for the Wildcats.

Hudson rallied for a dozen points in the third frame and Courtney led the way with five points, including his second three-point bucket. The Hornets also scored on all three trips to the line.

Jimmerson had the hot hand outside the arc in the third period. He calmly dropped in a trio of three-pointers for nine points and the Wildcats rolled to a 17-12 run in the stanza to increase their lead. Mahomes added two more field goals in the frame and Kennedy and Marquis also scored a basket.

Cooper Clemons led the offensive charge for Whitehouse in the final frame. He scored six points on three field goals and Hayden Holley added four points.

Teraven Rhodes and Kaleb Myles scored four points apiece to lead the Hornets in the final minutes.

Mahomes finished with 18 points from nine baskets, and Jimmerson contributed 15 points, which included four three-point shots. Kennedy added eight points to the team total, Marquis scored seven, Clemons dropped in six, Nyrese Mayberry scored two and Holley and Bullard finished with four points apiece.

Courtney led the Hornets with 11 points and Myles recorded nine. Rhodes finished with six and Johnson scored five points.

The Hornets, who were called for only six personal fouls in the game, connected on 12 of 17 for 71 percent from the free throw line. Whitehouse was whistled for 11 infractions and the Wildcats scored on one of three trips to the line.

LH 9 5 12 11 - 37

WH 21 12 17 14 - 64

Pittsburg 55, Whitehouse 51

The Wildcats had a difficult time at the free throw line where they missed 19 of 30 attempts and finished at 37 percent.

The Pirates jumped out to a 19-8 lead in the first quarter as Jaylon Jimmerson and Keithlen Griffin each scored seven points to lead Pittsburg. Kennedy dropped in a three-point bucket and scored five points and Marquis also hit a three-pointer for the Whitehouse points.

Five Wildcats shared the scoring in the second frame led by Mahomes, who scored four points. Holley rattled in a three-point shot and the Wildcats tallied a dozen points in the period. That matched the Pirates, who took a 31-20 lead into the halftime break.

Whitehouse was able to cut the lead by a single point with a 13-12 run in the third stanza. Marquis pumped in eight points, including a pair of three-point baskets.

Down by 10 entering the fourth period, the Wildcats needed a good showing. Whitehouse went to the free throw line 14 times in the final frame but scored on only four of those attempts. The Wildcats did rally for 18 points on the strength of four points from Marquis and a pair of three-pointers from Cooper Clemons and Kennedy, but the rally fell short.

The Pirates were able to maintain just enough of a lead to pull out the 55-51 victory.

Marquis led the Wildcats with 16 points, Mahomes added a dozen points, Kennedy contributed 11, Clemons and Bullard each scored four points and Holley finished with three points.

Jaylon Jimmerson led Pittsburg with 18 points and Griffin added 13 to the team total. The Pirates scored on 11 of 18 for 61 percent at the free throw line.

Whitehouse 69, Lufkin 66 2OT

It took two extra periods for the Wildcats to dispatch the Panthers in a non-district contest. After the two squads tied at 54-54 at the end of regulation, each scored eight points in the first overtime period. Javier Neal calmly connected on a pair of free throws with four seconds left in the second overtime period. The Panthers had to set up for a three-point play to knot the game again, but Neal stepped in front of an errant pass to steal the ball and preserve the lead for a 69-66 win.

Whitehouse took the early command with an 18-12 lead in the first quarter.

Kennedy had the hot hand in the opening stanza. He dropped in a three-point basket and scored nine, or half of the team’s output in the frame. Mahomes added four points and Jake Clemons rattled the rim for a three-point bucket as well.

In the second period, Lufkin stormed back to take a single point lead, 30-29, by halftime. Seven Panthers contributed during the quarter, including KeVonte Hurts with four points. Darren Woodson and Jackson Parks each popped the net for a three-point bucket.

Marquis scored four points for Whitehouse in the second frame and Kolby Jimmerson hit a bucket outside the three-point arc.

Each team scored 14 points in the third quarter so the Panthers were able to hold on to the one-point lead going into the final stanza. Marquis continued to pace the offense with eight points in the period, including a pair of three-point baskets. Kennedy added four points.

For the Pirates, Jacourtney Calvin, who was held in check for much of the first half, broke loose for a trio of field goals and six points in the third quarter.

Whitehouse needed every point in the fourth quarter to knot the game at 54-54 at the final buzzer. Jimmerson was able to successfully hit a three-point bucket to put the teams even and force overtime.

Marquis was true on a three-point shot in the first overtime period and that helped the Wildcats keep up with the Panthers.

Neal’s heroics in the final moments of the second overtime period sealed the victory.

Marquis finished with 21 points and Calvin led Lufkin with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Neal contributed 11 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for a triple-double, and he grabbed six steals.

Also for Whitehouse, Kennedy finished with 13 points and six assists, Jimmerson added 11 points to the team total, Mahomes scored six, Jake Clemons recorded three and Holley and Bullard finished with two points apiece.

In addition to Calvin’s contribution for the Panthers, Hurts scored 10 points, Chris Thompson posted nine, Torrance Agnew scored eight points, Jerrin Thompson added six, X’ayvion Shankle recorded four and Parks and Woodson finished with three apiece.

WH 18 11 14 11 8 7 - 69

LU 12 18 14 10 8 4 - 66