WHITEHOUSE â€” Patrick Mahomes finished with a game-high 27 points and seven rebounds to lead Whitehouse past Lindale, 63-54, in a District 16-4A boys basketball game Friday night at Wildcat Arena.
The junior dominated in the paint to score 20 points in the first half alone, helping the Wildcats improve to 18-6 on the season and 2-1 in the league. Whitehouse outrebounded the Eagles 20-5 in the first half to build a double figures lead, then went on a 10-0 run during the first three minutes of the fourth to pull away.
â€śHeâ€™s playing well right now,â€ť Wildcats coach Ryan Tomlin said of Mahomes. â€śHeâ€™s shooting the ball really well and he knows how to position his body, and that allows him to do so much in the paint.â€ť
It was the second game of a doubleheader between Whitehouse and Lindale. Victory in the opener went to the 12th-ranked visiting Lady Eagles, who held on for a 38-31 victory.
Mahomes, a three-sport standout, took little time to take control in the paint, scoring the gameâ€™s first basket en route to helping the Wildcats race ahead to an 8-0 lead during the first three minutes. The junior scored most of his points off the glass in the paint, which helped him score 13 in the first quarter and gave Whitehouse a 22-11 lead entering the second quarter.
Mahomes then scored on a three-point play to make the score 25-13 with 7:34 left in the opening half and scored his final basket of the half to return the advantage to double figures at 31-21 with 46 seconds to go before halftime.
A rout looked to be in the makings at that point, but Lindale (9-13, 0-3) bounced back in the third quarter to outscore the Wildcats 19-12 and pull within 47-42 entering the fourth. But the Eagles werenâ€™t able to claw their way back any further, thanks to Whitehouse going on a 10-0 run during the first three minutes of the fourth to move back in front by 15 points, 57-42.
â€śI called a timeout and didnâ€™t have to say anything,â€ť Tomlin said. â€śThey were all over themselves and each other, and that was a sign of a good team.â€ť
Jaylon Dews finished with 10 points and Justin Dunning contributed eight rebounds to help lead the Wildcats, who return to action Tuesday at Nacogdoches.
Mason Terry finished with 20 points and Kolton Pierce added 13 points to lead Lindale, which plays host to Corsicana on Tuesday.
Lindale, ranked No. 12 in the state by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, held off Whitehouse in the final quarter to score a 38-31 and remain unbeaten in district play. The Lady Eagles led 34-18 in the final moments of the third quarter, but were held without any field goals in the fourth quarter as the LadyCats tried to pull off the upset.
Six players combined to lead Lindale in scoring, led by Neeley Dossâ€™s nine points and Makenna Allenâ€™s and Hannah Maloneâ€™s eight points each. The Lady Eagles improved to 21-4 on the season and 5-0 in district.
Whitehouse, which fell to 12-9 overall and 2-3 in district, was paced by Ashton Atesâ€™ game-high 12 points. The LadyCats outscored Lindale 10-4 in the fourth quarter after falling behind big, and pulled to within 36-31 with 1:10 remaining.
Whitehouse 63, Lindale 54
Lindale 11 12 19 12 â€” 54
Whitehouse 22 13 12 16 â€” 63
LINDALE â€” Mason Terry, 20; Zach Huseth, 2; Kolton Pierce, 13; Brian Boaz, 7; Court Brown, 8; Dakota Heinaman, 1; Austin Drawbond, 2; Connor Lind, 1.
WHITEHOUSE â€” Patrick Mahomes, 27; Jaylon Dews, 10; Jake Parker, 9; Spencer Shaw, 6; Justin Dunning, 2; Brady Hill, 2; Kris Kunzman, 5; Ty Stickley, 2.
THREE-POINT GOALS â€” L: Terry (2). W: Dews (2), Parker, Mahomes.
RECORDS â€” Lindale 9-13 (0-3); Whitehouse 18-6 (2-1).
NEXT UP â€” Corsicana at Lindale, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; Whitehouse at Nacogdoches, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
No. 12 Lindale 38, Whitehouse 31
Lindale 11 11 12 4 â€” 38
Whitehouse 7 4 10 10 â€” 31
LINDALE â€” Natasha Malone, 5; Paige Murphy, 6; Makenna Allen, 8; Neeley Doss, 9; Hannah Brown, 2; Hannah Malone, 8.
WHITEHOUSE â€” Ashton Ates, 12; Morgan Tauscher, 6; Kenslie Dews, 9; Brooke Stewart, 4.
THREE-POINT GOALS â€” L: H. Malone, Doss. W: none.
RECORDS â€” Lindale 21-4 (5-0); Whitehouse 12-9 (2-3).
NEXT UP â€” Corsicana at Lindale, 6:15 p.m. Tuesday; Whitehouse at Nacogdoches, 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.