MINERAL WELLS —
Scrappy Diamond Hill scratched its way back to cut the lead to 12-5 before Rascellis Williams stole pass and found sophomore point guard Biren Clardy for a layup that extended the lead to 14-5.
Scott set the tone for the rest of the game when he buried a three from right perimeter that increased the Rams’ lead to 17-5 after the first quarter.
MWHS continued to dominate the lane in the second period, scoring 12 points form the paint. Senior forward Ty Ashley hit a jumper from the right elbow for a 35-18 lead, and the Rams ended the second quarter like they did the first – by connecting on a three. This time Clardy did the honors as MWHS led 38-21 at the break.
The Rams put the game away in the third quarter as their advantage grew to 26 points, 52-26, after a layup by senior post Jacoby Prestwood.
The Eagles got as close as 17 points early in the fourth period, but MWHS went on a quick 5-0 run and never had less than a 20-point lead for the remainder of the contest.
“We kind of wore them down,” Pappas said. “The last time we played them we didn’t get the lead until late in the game, but (Tuesday) knowing they were playing without their leading scorer I felt like if we could jump on them early they would lay down, and that is basically what happened.
“It was a fun game because you want everyone to play, and I thought everyone played well.”
DHHS 5 16 14 20 – 55
MWHS 17 21 19 24 – 81
MWHS – A.J. Williams 17, Ricky Scott 15, DaShawn Hicks 12, Biren Clardy 8, Nick Wendt 7, Jacoby Prestwood 6, Ty Ashley 6, Reece Tarver 4, Juvaree Sutton 4, Kevin Gregory 2.