Jordan Ivy-Curry didn’t start on Tuesday night, but the Cougars’ talented sophomore guard showed up just in time for La Marque to deliver perhaps their biggest win of the regular season.
Ivy-Curry scored all 12 of his points in the fourth quarter as La Marque pulled away for a 75-67 win over Hitchcock in a District 24-3A clash between a pair of state-ranked teams. The guard missed the first 23 minutes of the game due to a discipline issue yet came in and tallied all but two of his points via the free throw line.
“I didn’t want to do it, but I had to (sit Ivy-Curry) for the betterment of our team,” said La Marque coach Kevin Wilcox, whose team improved to 15-11 on the season and 6-1 in district play. “I said from the outset that discipline will be the foundation of our team and that everyone would be held accountable. Sitting him and bringing him in when I did was huge because he would be fresh at a critical point of the contest.
Hitchcock suffered its first district loss of the season as the Bulldogs (5-1) were unable to solve a smothering Cougars defense after a pair of dunks from Earnest Triplett brought them within 56-54 with 5:56 remaining in the game.
La Marque responded with a 14-4 run that was highlighted by a pair of baskets from Ray McChristian, who finished with 11 points on the night. The Bulldogs were held to just two field goals in the final four minutes of play and were not able to deliver the scoring punch they had when they defeated the Cougars at home on Dec. 19.
“We missed baskets that we normally make,” said Hitchcock coach Chris Jordan. “We just didn’t execute well at critical moments. The intensity was there but the baskets were not.”
Hitchcock held a 36-33 lead at the half behind the scoring of John Scott, who had 12 of his game-high 27 points in the opening 16 minutes. Scott used his size to dominate inside while also hitting a pair of triples. Neither team held more than a four-point lead in the first half as Rha’Sean Booker scored eight of his 11 points to keep La Marque in the game.
Following a technical foul, Scott hit a free throw to give Hitchcock a 43-42 lead late in the third quarter, but Joey White’s basket on the ensuing possession gave La Marque the lead for good.
Edward Robinson led the Cougars with 21 points.
Triplett added 16 for Hitchcock.
La Marque travels to Danbury for a 7:30 p.m. tip on Friday, while Hitchcock hosts Brazos at 7:30 p.m. Friday.