Friday Basketball Roundup: Mount Pleasant Boys Remain Perfect In District Vs. Texas High + More
TEXARKANA -- Mount Pleasant inched a little closer to the District 16-5A championship with its 64-52 win Friday at Texas High.
It wasn't as easy as it reads. Mount Pleasant managed to close the game on a 10-2 run through the contest's final 2:17 to avoid the upset.
Mount Pleasant moved to 9-0 in the league and 22-6 overall, and its win sets up a very important Tuesday game at home against Sulphur Springs.
If Mount Pleasant manages the victory, it will clinch a share of the district title and then will need to win one of its final two games for the outright championship. A Sulphur Springs win would allow it to tie Mount Pleasant in the standings.
Texas High (14-9, 4-5), on the other hand, fell to fourth place and will have to stave off the lower pack of the league to reach the playoffs. Incidentally, two of its final three games are teams from that category.
Greenville, eliminated from the postseason, hosts Texas High on Tuesday. Texas High will then face third-place Hallsville before closing the regular season against a Pine Tree squad that is currently one game back from the fourth and final playoff seed.
Mount Pleasant's sophomore guard Dorian Glinton put up a game-best 20 points in Friday's win. Josh McGill also hit double digits for the victorious side.
Quan Hampton's 13 points paced Texas High in defeat. Cole Drumm scored 10 points.
Whitehouse Clinches Playoff Berth
WHITEHOUSE -- The Wildcats clinched at least the third playoff seed out of District 17-5A with a 63-40 home win against Lindale.
Jackson Mahomes scored a team-best 19 points for the Wildcats. Colby Duhon and McKade Marquis hit double figures as well with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Dillon Heinaman scored 11 points for the Eagles, but Whitehouse's defense held Lindale's seven other scorers to six or less points each.
Help from elsewhere in the district allowed the Eagles (3-19, 1-6) to remain in playoff contention within the six-team league.
Fourth-place Ennis lost and remained one game ahead of Lindale. Jacksonville, which began the night tied with the Eagles in the standings, lost as well.
Lindale will face those two teams to close the season after a battle Tuesday with a Nacogdoches team tied for first place alongside Corsicana.
Whitehouse (19-9, 5-2) remained three full games ahead of Ennis with three district games left to play and owns the head-to-head tiebreaker. It will face Corsicana at home Tuesday and Nacogdoches on the road Friday before closing the regular season with Jacksonville.
Bullard Clinches Second Place
KILGORE -- Friday was a bittersweet night for Bullard.
The Lady Panthers downed Kilgore, 70-36, but they ran out of games to catch league-leading Gilmer and will end the regular season Tuesday with an inconsequential game against an eliminated Gladewater squad.
While Bullard (27-6, 7-2) was putting the final touches on its victory, Gilmer earned the District 16-4A championship in a win against third-place Chapel Hill.
Allie Kirgan's 21 points from the center position led the Lady Panthers against Kilgore. Guards Hannah Lloyd and Sydney Foster scored 20 and 14 points, respectively.
Kilgore (7-21, 2-7) has a very important season finale Tuesday at home against Gilmer. A win would, at minimum, allow the Lady Bulldogs to force a fourth-place tiebreaker game against Spring Hill.
Spring Hill needs to beat Chapel Hill on the road Tuesday plus a Kilgore loss to reach the postseason without a fourth-place game.