WHITEHOUSE -- Both Marshall and Whitehouse entered Tuesday night's matchup at Wildcat Arena in search of momentum heading into their respective district openers later in the week.

Junior guard Patrick Mahomes' made sure the Wildcats will enter what promises to be an exciting District 16-4A race on a winning note.

Mahomes had 27 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals to lead Whitehouse to a hard-fought 82-78 win.

The 6-3, multi-sport star had 10 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-point play to give the Wildcats (16-5) the lead for good, 76-73, with 2:53 remaining.

"He's a tremendous kid to coach," Whitehouse coach Ryan Tomlin said. "He does what you ask and he's a coach and leader on the floor. And he loves to have the ball and he loves to make plays on defense. The guys respect his play and he is not a selfish kid at all. He's a total team player, which is what I think is most important about him. He's a leader and finds a way to make plays."

Spencer Shaw added 16 points and seven rebounds for Whitehouse, while Jake Parker chipped in with 14 points, eight rebounds and two steals. Jaylon Dews also contributed 14 points and six boards.

"It could've gone either way," Marshall coach Bobby Carson said. "My hat's off to Whitehouse, they're a really good team and they played up and down with us. We got the kinda game that we wanted. Pat Mahomes is a great player and he made some big plays down the stretch, but they're definitely not a one-man team."

Jay McKnight led Marshall (16-7) with 22 points, which included four 3-pointers. T.J. Maxfield added 16 points and nine rebounds, Garren Jernigan had 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks and Chris Brown registered 10 points and three steals.

"I'm real proud of my kids for coming into a real hostile environment," Carson said. "We've never been this close in Whitehouse before. I'm just real pleased with the outcome of the game as far as the effort of my kids."

A Jernigan layup off an assist from Brown gave Marshall a 73-70 lead with 3:49 remaining, but the Wildcats reeled off the next 11 points to take control.

Parker tied the game, 73-73, with a 3-pointer and Mahomes followed with his 3-point play to put the Wildcats ahead. Shaw and Ryan Cheatham continued the run with buckets and Dews knocked down a free throw to give Whitehouse an 81-73 lead with 30 seconds to go.

"Getting some rebounds was a big help and being more patient on offense," Tomlin said. "I was telling the guys down the stretch that we have to limit possessions for them, play keep-away a little bit and make them play some defense and expend some energy."

Despite the loss, Carson is optimistic about his team, which opens 14-4A play at home Friday against Hallsville.

"I feel like we're coming in on a high note," he said. "Of course we would've liked to have won the game, but I feel like coming here and playing as well as we did ... I'm just real pleased."

Whitehouse beings 16-4A play at home Friday against Corsicana.

"I feel good, but we've just got to get better defensively; we have not played great defense this year," Tomlin said. "We're going to see a lot of what we saw tonight from Corsicana, John Tyler and Jacksonville. I'm not worried about scoring, but we've got to play defense. And when we buy into that, we'll be pretty good."

Nacogdoches Explodes in Second Half to Rout LadyCats

The Nacogdoches Lady Dragons outscored Whitehouse 52-16 in the second half to earn a 66-36 victory earlier Tuesday.

All five scorers for Nacogdoches (16-8, 2-0) reaches double digits. Charity Page led the way with 16 points, six rebounds, four steals and two blocks, while Ki'Audra Hayter had 15 points, three rebounds and five steals. Justice Lockett added 14 points, seven boards and four steals.

Whitehouse (10-8, 0-2), which led 20-14 at halftime, was led by Kenslie Dews' 18 points.

The Lady Dragons continue their season Friday at home against John Tyler, while Whitehouse plays host to Corsicana.

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Whitehouse 82, Marshall 78
At Wildcat Arena, Whitehouse

Marshall                 23   17   19   19   --   78
Whitehouse            19   26   16   21   --   82
MARSHALL--Jay McKnight, 22; T.J. Maxfield, 16; Garren Jernigan, 12; Chris Brown, 10; Antwane Hicks, 6; Tray Leonard, 5; Tiandre Jackson, 4; Jim Brown, 2; Dynamic Parker, 1.
WHITEHOUSE--Patrick Mahomes, 27; Spencer Shaw, 16; Jaylon Dews, 14; Jake Parker, 14; Justin Dunning, 5; Ryan Cheatham, 4; Chris Kunzman, 2.
RECORDS--Marshall 16-7; Whitehouse 16-5.

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District 16-4A Girls
Nacogdoches 66, Whitehouse 36
At Wildcat Arena, Whitehouse

Nacogdoches            4    10   31   21   --   66
Whitehouse              12      8    9     7   --   36
NACOGDOCHES--Charity Page, 16; Ki'Audra Hayter, 15; Justice Lockett, 14; Christy Whitaker, 11; E.J. Johnson, 10.
WHITEHOUSE--Kenslie Dews, 18; Morgan Tauscher, 8; Ashton Ates, 3; Victoria Taylor, 3; Suvannah Melton, 2; Brooke Stewart, 2.
RECORDS--Nacogdoches 16-8 (2-0); Whitehouse 10-8 (0-2).