Whitehouse Repels Third-Quarter Longview Run in 53-44 Victory
WHITEHOUSE — In a basketball game matching two short-handed teams without their football-playing personnel, Whitehouse’s size advantage overcame Longview’s pressure defense.
Spencer Shaw had 19 points and seven boards, while Ty Stickley added 10 points and 11 rebounds to lead Whitehouse to a 53-44 win against Longview in Monday night’s non-district game at Wildcat Arena.
Shaw had nine points and four rebounds in a first half that ended with Whitehouse (2-1) leading 22-12, but Longview played a turnover-less third quarter, staging a 10-2 run in the period’s final 2 1/2 minutes to cut the Wildcats’ lead to 34-31 entering the fourth. Longview forced six Whitehouse turnovers in the third thanks to its full-court pressure defense and garnered a 21-7 advantage in third-quarter field goal attempts as a result.
But Whitehouse stemmed the tide in the fourth. Shaw, Stickley, and frontcourt mate Brady Hill, who had 12 points and seven rebounds, combined for 14 fourth-quarter points to help the Wildcats hang on for the nine-point victory.
“The pressure killed us. The guys just didn’t handle the ball very well. But we got through it,” said Whitehouse coach Ryan Tomlin. “Luckily when we did get through (the press) we had guys wide open to get layups. And we hit free throws.”
Whitehouse mad 10 of 14 fourth-quarter free throws, including a 9-for-12 performance in the final five minutes after Longview cut the lead to 38-35.
Tomlin said the plan entering the game was to get Whitehouse’s big men the ball, and the Wildcats accomplished that. Shaw shot 8-for-10 and Stickley made four of his final five shot attempts. Stickley and Hill each made 4 of 9 field-goal attempts.
“We’ve got to go into the post,” Tomlin said. “Ty is one we’re looking at to be a very good role player as a sophomore at 6-4. He’s had two really good games. He scores, he makes a presence on defense. It’s just the guys believing they can win. They play hard, so I can’t fault them for that.”
Whitehouse guard Devon Miles scored seven points and made 5 of 6 fourth-quarter free-throw attempts.
Jamar Johnson led Longview with 12 points and eight rebounds. Jaleel Bourque had eight points, three offensive rebounds, and two assists, all in the second half. Padetrick Rasberry added seven points and four assists.
Longview scored a string of easy baskets off its pressure defense during the 10-2 run that finished the third quarter, which was the only period the Lobos outscored Whitehouse (19-13). Longview made nine shots in that period, the final seven of which were assisted.
Whitehouse jumped to a 14-4 lead through one period behind seven Shaw points. Baskets from Stickley and Shaw in the second quarter’s first 70 seconds pushed Whitehouse’s lead to 18-4.
Longview pulled itself into the game on back-to-back threes from Talley Lynch off Rasberry assists to trim Whitehouse’s lead to 20-12 with two minutes left in the first half. Hill scored with about a minute left in the second quarter for Whitehouse’s 22-12 halftime advantage.
Whitehouse 53, Longview 44
Wildcat Arena, Whitehouse
Longview — 4 8 19 13 — 44
Whitehouse — 14 8 12 19 — 53
Longview — Jamar Johnson 12, Jaleel Bourque 8, Padetrick Rasberry 7, Talley Lynch 6, Antwone Anthony 5, Devonte Williams, Kendall Boyd, Kendall Jones.
Whitehouse — Spencer Shaw 19, Brady Hill 12, Ty Stickley 10, Devon Miles 7, Brennan McDaniel 3, Chris Kunzman 2.