By Johnny Green
MOUNT PLEASANT, Texas—Huge second halves by both Mount Pleasant teams sent Texas High’s boys and girls basketball teams to devastating District 15-5A defeats Friday night at Willie Williams Gym.
The Tigers trailed only 26-21 at halftime, but managed just six second-half points in falling to MP, 51-27.
The Lady Tigers’ fate was similarly sealed in the second half. Down 24-18 at halftime the Tigers were outscored 32-20 in the final two quarters in a 56-38 defeat.
Zane Dodson’s third 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer gave Texas High a 13-12 lead at the first break, but MP opened the second period on a 9-0 run and never looked back.
The home team’s suffocating full-court press forced the majority of Texas High’s 37 turnovers. MP lost the ball only 14 times.
A 12-2 margin in the third quarter put the game out of reach, and Mount Pleasant continued to pull away from the cold-shooting Tigers (10-12, 0-1).
Jamarian Brown led all scorers with 16 points for the winners (21-2, 1-0).
CJ Kelley had a double-double with 10 points and 20 rebounds but was the only Tiger to score in double figures. Dodson had nine, all in the first quarter.
Lady Tigers bow to Mount Pleasant
Mount Pleasant improved to 17-9 overall and 2-1 in District 15-5A behind the scoring of 6-foot post Kenya Bates and freshman point guard Paris Beard. Bates had a game-high 23 points, while Beard tallied 15.
Kerrighan Dunn had 10 points for Texas High (12-12, 1-2).
Texas High is on the road again Tuesday before returning to Tiger Center Friday to face Sulphur Springs.