JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
MARBLE FALLS — An up-tempo Leander Rouse team took a 26-10 lead after the first quarter en route to an 85-44 win against the Marble Falls High School boys basketball team Jan. 3.
The Mustangs never scored more than 14 points in any period and couldn’t keep the Raiders from scoring at least 19 points per quarter.
Down 47-24 at the half, Marble Falls head coach Neil Laminack said he told his players to forget about the game they just played. Instead, he told them to try to win the second half.
“Let’s try to get something out of it,” he said.
Rouse used a balance effort to take its lead. The Raiders limited the Mustangs by using a pressure defense that never allowed Marble Falls to get comfortable. The result was a fast pace with plays ending in high-percentage shots. When the Mustangs did slow the Raiders, Rouse hit long jumpers. Senior Raider D.J. Johnson knocked down four of six 3-pointers and finished with 19 points.
“Every game that ends up like this for us, that’s what happens,” Laminack said. “Some kid hits threes, and that’s it. They’re quick. They can score on the ball, they got a lot of possessions.”
TOP PLAYERS: points (Marble Falls) – Ben Stripling 17; (Rouse) – D.J. Johnson 19, Kris Chatman 13, Wesley Geisler 12, Dallas Dodd 12.
ON OFFENSE: points (Marble Falls) – Walker 8, Danny Rivara 6, J.T. Watson 5, Aidin Parnell 3, Travis Wright 3, Cody Seelig 2
RECORDS: Marble Falls is 10-14 overall and 0-2 in District 25-4A; Rouse is 15-10 overall and 2-1 in district.
UP NEXT: 7 p.m. Jan. 7, Marble Falls at Leander Vandegrift, 9700 McNeil Drive in Austin