A lackluster effort against Brazos in last Tuesday’s regular season finale led La Marque coach Kevin Wilcox to hold a postgame meeting in order to focus the Cougars. On Monday night, his team showed they received the message.
A methodical defense and a wealth of depth allowed the District 24-3A co-champs to cruise past Kirbyville in a 70-50 victory in a Region III bi-district round game that pushed La Marque into an area round contest against the winners of Tuesday’s Crockett-Woodville matchup.
“We displayed a good concept of playing like a team,” said Wilcox, whose team improved to 21-11. “I think everyone sees the bigger picture right now. It’s not about who scores the most points and who’s getting the most minutes. It’s about playing to our potential and moving one step closer to our ultimate goal.”
La Marque never trailed in a game that saw the Cougars finish with four players in double figures. Edward Robinson, who scored a game-high 19 points, set the tone by scoring nine in the first quarter that helped the Coogs take a 16-10 advantage.
Kirbyville (15-15) made its best push of the night in the second quarter when Milam McMillan’s 3-pointer brought the Wildcats to within 26-19, but the Cougars squelched the threat to carry a 30-20 edge at intermission.
After allowing Kirbyville to get within 33-27 early in the third quarter, the La Marque combination of Jordan Ivy-Curry (15 points) and Willie Johns helped blow the game open, as the duo sparked a 15-3 run in the final minutes of play that was capped off by Ivy-Curry’s trey at the buzzer that swelled the lead to 48-31 entering the final quarter.
“Jordan is starting to put it together,” said Wilcox of Ivy-Curry. “To see someone who has all the skills to take it to the next level begin to see the light is a great thing.”
Johns scored six of his 10 points as part of a fourth quarter run that saw the Coogs take as much as a 21-point lead.
“Willie was very explosive on both ends,” said Wilcox. “He was all over the place and gave us a lot of energy.”
Re’Sean Booker added 13 points for the Cougars.
Kirbyville was led by McMillian, who had 13 points, while Rylan Ward finished with 12 for the Wildcats.