By Kris Freeman for White House High School
WHITE HOUSE – The first time against Merrol Hyde, the Blue Devils let a game slip away in the fourth quarter. Friday at home, White House closed with authority in a 74-57 win with a dominating run to end the night.
When Merrol Hyde closed the gap to four points at 55-51, White House outscored the visitors 19-6 over the final four minutes including a trio of threes to cap off the rally. Senior Ethan Droz is second on the team in scoring for the season and led four players in double figure scoring with 16 points, knocking down two from long range.
Sophomore Zane Brown continued his hot shooting from three, torching five shots for 15 points. In the final three minutes, Brown connected back-to-back and then missed a potential third straight shot before senior Nathan Bowman cashed in the final basket. Brown also had six rebounds. Brown is now 48-of-109 for the season from three, leading the team in threes made and 44 percent overall.
With 12 threes raining down from the outside, the Blue Devils opened a 27-15 in the first quarter by also dropping it down inside to senior Quad Lucas and sophomore Caleb Dorris. The younger center scored 12 and the senior added 10. The pair had seven rebounds each, giving White House a combined double-double 22-14 stat line in the paint.
Lucas continues to make close shots, scoring at a rate of 63 percent on field goals, while Dorris converts 51 percent.
White House was one point each away from sending players into double figures as Bowman dropped in nine, all from outside the arc, and freshman Ryan Worrell came off the bench and added nine. After leading the Devils in scoring at Westmoreland Tuesday, Amarion Lucas ran the offense and added a three-pointer for his only bucket of the night. Bowman had seven assists and Worrell four.
Senior guard Isaac Stinson had 32 points in a win over White House on December 10th, and added 22 points Friday night to lead the Hawks. Kolton Garvon added 14, Stockton Pyne 12, Nowlen Milliron 4, Ethan Hansen 3 and Tucker Smith 2.
Merrol Hyde fell to 7-5 overall and White House improved to 12-10. The Blue Devils travel to Portland next Thursday in non-district play, and then closes the District 9-AA slate on senior night at home against Harpeth next Friday.
White House at 8-3 is all but guaranteed the second seed in the district with a win over Harpeth, but will close the district season and then await the 2-7 matchup at home in the first round of the District 9-AA Tournament. All higher seeds will host home games in the tournament.
Photos by Leanna Holland and Sarah Wright