By Kris Freeman for White House High School
WHITE HOUSE – The host Blue Devils trailed 13-0 out of the gate Wednesday at home against Smith County, but following a furious comeback and dominating post presence from senior Quad Lucas, White House got the final say in a 66-65 victory.
The Owls jumped out to a commanding lead in the first quarter, but the senior Lucas came off the bench and scored a career high 34 points, including 22 in the second half total and 14 in the fourth quarter. With 10.6 seconds left, Lucas took a pass inside and scored from the left side to give White House the lead for good.
Lucas made a bucket-and-one with 2:52 remaining to give White House a 64-62 lead, but the Owls answered with one of 12 three-pointers as Peyton Hix gave them the lead right back at 65-64. After a White House turnover trying to feed the ball inside, Smith County played keep away for the final two minutes. The Blue Devils were forced to foul three times to get it into the bonus and sent Dennis West to the line with 33.7 seconds for 1-and-1.
West missed, and Lucas grabbed the rebound, and then White House set up the offense. Ethan Droz took it from the right corner and drove across the baseline inside, feeding a bounce pass to the big man, who banked it in off the glass between two defenders.
The Owls drove to the right side of the lane for a final shot, but senior Nathan Bowman swatted away West’s opportunity and Droz grabbed the rebound and was fouled trying to break away with 0.1 seconds left. Droz went to the line and purposefully missed the front end of the 1-and-1 to force the clock to run out and preserve the victory.
White House improved to 3-6 for the season as Lucas was the only player in double figures for the Devils. Droz had eight, Zane Brown six, Wesley Deakins five, Ryan Worrell four, Cooper Brinn two and Caleb Dorris two.
For Smith County, Matthew Sinclair led the way with 22 points, Brayden Holliman had 14, West 11, Taylor Dickerson six, Hix six, Ryder Grisham five and Bryce Currie two.
The Owls (2-3) played for the first time in over two weeks and made the trip to White House for a JV and varsity game, losing both contests to the Blue Devils.
Smith County jumped out quickly to a 13-0 lead when Droz knocked down a three from the right wing with 2:47 remaining in the first quarter, then Lucas took a bounce pass from his brother Amarion and cut the lead to eight, but it was still 17-7 at the end of the first.
In the second quarter, White House got big threes from Brown, Worrell and Deakins and finally took the lead for the first time when Quad posted up Currie with 25 seconds left in the first half to make it 27-26. The Owls missed, but Sinclair stole the ball from Worrell with four seconds left and the freshman fouled Sinclair to prevent a layup. However, West drove inside the left elbow off the inbounds for a score at the buzzer to make it 28-27 Smith County.
Immediately, Lucas split two defenders from the right side and White House retook the lead in the third quarter, but the three-point barrage began for Smith County. The visitors connected six times in the third period and led 51-44 at the end of three, including extending the lead twice back to double digits.
Except for a Droz two and a Worrell free throw, it was all Quad Lucas in the fourth, but White House continued to trail until inside three minutes.
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