Wildcats successful in Hudson tournament

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Whitehouse won three of five games in the Hudson Tournament last week. Following the tourney results, the Wildcats moved to 5-2 for the basketball season.

The Wildcats were scheduled to play at Robert E. Lee Tuesday, Dec. 5, and will travel to play in the Bulldog Tournament in Burkburnett Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 7-9. The next scheduled contest will be at Mt. Pleasant at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15.

Whitehouse defeated Marshall, Hudson and Texas High but lost to Central and Humble at the Hudson Tournament.

Humble 71,

Whitehouse 69

The two teams made 20 trips to the free throw line in the fourth quarter but Humble had a better showing hitting 11 of 15 attempts while Whitehouse scored on four of nine tries at the stripe.

The success at the line allowed Humble to score 30 points in the fourth quarter after trailing Whitehouse 53-41 going into the final frame.

Whitehouse had a great start in the game. Behind the hot hand of senior point guard Javier Neal, who scored 11 points in the stanza, Whitehouse jumped out to a 20-17 lead over Humble. Neal added six more points in the second period and Whitehouse was able to extend the lead to 34-29 at the break.

McKade Marquis dropped in a three-point bucket and Neal scored eight points in the third quarter to help push the lead to 11 points.

Kendrick Washington and Latrell Hill each scored eight points in the final minutes to help spark the Humble rally. Hill scored five of eight at the charity stripe and Justin Lawson hit all three of his free throws and scored seven points for Humble in the fourth period.

Whitehouse scored 13 points and was unable to stop the rush to the free throw line. Neal fouled out in the final moments and Lawson fouled out for Humble. Officials whistled Whitehouse for 18 personal fouls and Humble was called for 20 infractions. At the stripe, Whitehouse scored on 20 of 28 for 71 percent, while Humble hit 17 of 20 for 85 percent.

Neal led all scorers with 31 points, including an eight of 11 performance at the stripe. Senior Jackson Mahomes scored on three of five free throws and finished with 11 points, and Marquis scored 10 points. Also for Whitehouse, Kolby Jimmerson pumped in seven points, Peyton Kennedy added eight and Kendahl Fry scored one.

Jaylon Alsanders led Humble with 23 points and Hill scored 18, which included six of nine at the line. Lawson was in double figures with a dozen points and Washington scored 11 points.

WH 20 14 19 13 - 69

HU 17 12 12 30 - 71

Whitehouse 70, Marshall 42

The Mavericks exhibited one good quarter of play but faltered during the other three to allow Whitehouse to capture an overwhelming 70-42 victory.

The Wildcats took an early 16-9 lead in the first quarter but the Mavericks rallied for 18 points in the second frame. Unfortunately, Whitehouse was able to more than match the Marshall rally with 21 points to forge a 37-27 halftime lead.

The Wildcats used a 19-8 run in the third stanza to put the game seemingly out of reach, going into the fourth quarter with a substantial 51-35 advantage. Seven Whitehouse players contributed to the 19 fourth-quarter points for the Wildcats who posted the 70-42 victory.

Mahomes led all scorers with 21 points, including six points in each of the middle quarters. Kennedy scored 15 points and Marquis rattled the rim for four three-point buckets and 12 points. Hayden Holley and Neal each scored seven points, Jake Clemons added three and Jimmerson and Brandon Bullard scored two points apiece. Washington and Love led the Mavericks with 10 points each.

The Mavericks, who were tagged for 19 personal fouls, hit seven of 12 for 58 percent at the free throw line. The Wildcats scored 10 of 20 charity toss attempts for 50 percent. They were called for a dozen infractions. No player fouled out.

MA 9 18 8 7 - 42

WH 16 21 14 19 - 70

Whitehouse 63, Hudson 47

The host team provided Whitehouse with all the competition the Wildcats could handle in the first quarter. Whitehouse held tightly to a 12-11 advantage going into the second stanza.

The Hornets were unable to match their intensity during the next period. As a result, Whitehouse used a 22-7 run in the second period to storm to a 34-18 halftime lead. Neal scored eight points in the quarter, including a three-point bucket, and Johnson and Marquis each hit a three-point shot in the frame as well.

Hudson’s Cade Courtney scored seven points to help lead Hudson to 15 points in the third frame. Mahomes led Whitehouse with five points and the Wildcats were able to add to their lead with a 17-15 edge in the quarter.

Courtney continued to try to rally the Hornets in the fourth quarter with eight more points but Mahomes dropped in four points to help the Wildcats stay on track.

Courtney led all scorers with 19 points for Hudson, including 14 in the second half. Mahomes finished with 15 points to pace the Wildcats, including a three-of-three showing at the free throw line. Neal added 13 points but only one point came in the second half.

Also for Whitehouse, Marquis and Jimmerson contributed nine points apiece. Marquis popped the net for a trio of three-point shots. Holley and Johnson scored five apiece as each dropped in a three-point bucket, Fry had three points and Clemons, Bullard, Kyevon Rider and Theron Cobb each scored two points.

Of the 32 personal fouls called in the contest, Whitehouse was called for 17. No player fouled out of the game. At the charity stripe, the Wildcats scored on six of 14 for 43 percent and the Hornets tallied on 12 of 18 for 66 percent.

WH 12 22 17 12 - 63

HH 11 7 15 16 - 47

Whitehouse 56, Texas High 49

One dozen players shared in the scoring in the first quarter alone. When the “dust” settled, Whitehouse was clinging to a 17-13 advantage. Marquis popped in a pair of three-point buckets in the second period to help the Wildcats stay just ahead of the Tigers with a 33-28 halftime edge.

Defense dominated the action in the third period but the Wildcats were able to slightly add to their lead with a 9-7 run. To start the final frame, Whitehouse was clinging to a 42-35 lead.

The Tigers had six contributing players in the fourth stanza, which included three of four free throws and a three-point bucket. Neal and Jimmerson each scored four points and Whitehouse was able to match the Texas High production to maintain the lead and take the 56-49 victory.

Marquis rattled the rim for a pair of three-point shots and finished with 14 points to lead all scorers. Neal scored in each quarter and finished with a dozen points, Jimmerson added 10 points to the team total, Mahomes pumped in nine, Kennedy added five, Fry scored one and Bullard and Johnson each scored two points.

Kelley led Texas High with 11 points. The Tigers were called for 16 personal fouls and they connected on 14 of 21 for 66 percent at the free throw line. Whitehouse was whistled for 10 fouls and the Wildcats scored on 10 of 15 for 66 percent at the stripe. No player fouled out.

TH 13 15 7 14 - 49

WH 17 16 9 14 - 56

Central 46, Whitehouse 37

The Whitehouse offense never got on track during the contest with Central. Despite a three-point basket by Jimmerson in the first quarter, the Wildcats trailed 13-9. By halftime, Central increased the lead to 25-17.

Neal and Mahomes each scored four points to help rally Whitehouse in the third quarter. The Wildcats cut the Central lead to four points, 33-29, going into the fourth quarter. The Whitehouse offense went cold in the final frame scoring only eight points with Marquis providing half of those points. Central held on for a 46-37 victory.

Mahomes led the Wildcats with nine points and Marquis and Jimmerson each scored eight. Neal finished with six, Kennedy added four and Clemons dropped in two points.

At the charity stripe, the Wildcats scored on five of eight for 63 percent and Central hit 11 of 17 for 65 percent. The Wildcats were called for 17 personal fouls and Central had 10 fouls.

CE 13 12 8 13 - 46

WH 9 8 12 8 - 37

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