PINE TREE --   Behind the duo of Abby Mitchell and Sky Holmes, the Pine Tree Lady Pirates defeated the Whitehouse LadyCats 39-25 at the Pirate Center on Monday.

Mitchell had a game-high 13 points to go along with five steals and three assists. Holmes, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, added 10 points, eight rebounds, three steals, and three blocks.

As a team, Pine Tree collected 13 steals to aide a great defensive performance.

"I thought we got after it on defense," said Pine Tree coach Robin Herber. "We hustled, blocked out, and did the little things so I was pleased with that side of the floor."

Pine Tree came out aggressive early with six quick points off dribble-drives to the paint. They held a 9-2 advantage after the first period thanks to Mitchell's five points, including 1 of 3 from three-point range.

"(Mitchell) is very basketball savvy. She's a fierce competitor and runs this offense well," Herber said. "(Holmes) is just a sophomore, so the sky's the limit with her."

Whitehouse's Ashton Ates scored four second-quarter points to help Whitehouse cut its deficit to 20-10 at halftime,  but that's as close as the Lady Cats got.

Pine Tree pushed the lead to 29-15 late in the third period behind Mackenzie Richardson's four points and three boards and led 29-17 after three quarters. Richardson finished with four points, four rebounds, and three steals.

"I told the girls that I wanted my kids back," said Whitehouse coach Rosalyn Tindel. "The ones I saw tonight weren't my kids that fight. It's the first time I've ever seen my girls take blows and punches, and not fight back. I know it's early in the season, but I told them I want my players back. I wouldn't trade the 10 of them for the world. It's my third year, so I have my system in, and my expectations are a lot higher than they are used to."

Ates finished with a team-high seven points for Whitehouse.

Both teams are on the road Tuesday with Pine Tree traveling to Pittsburg and Whitehouse visiting Bullard.


Pine Tree 39, Whitehouse 25
Pirate Center, Longview

Whitehouse -- 2 8 7 8 -- 25
Pine Tree -- 9 11 9 10 -- 39