SAND ROCK – Sand Rock basketball coach Brian Mackey threw in a few wrinkles to his game plan Thursday against visiting Ider. They didn’t go as well as planned, so he reverted back to what the Wildcats were accustomed to.
The end result was a 59-29 victory that evened the Wildcats’ record to 9-9 on the season.
“The first quarter, we were working on some new stuff. We weren’t too smooth about it, so we went back to the stuff we do,” Mackey said. “We got out of some things we weren’t doing well. They woke up a little bit and played hard. That was the key.”
Sophomore forward Joel Brock led the charge for the Wildcats. He netted 11 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.
“He was pulling boards left and right,” Mackey said. “He had a really good night rebounding and he’s shooting better now.”
Senior guard Dylan Mackey led all scorers with 17 points, including three 3-pointers, to go along with six rebounds and four assists.
“If he’s on, that really opens things up for everybody else. If he’s not, then we’re kind of stagnant a little bit,” Coach Mackey said. “He had a nice night too.”
Chase Garrett and Lance Littlejohn both contributed eight points and four boards. Ryon Gibson finished with four points and six rebounds.
“We played a lot of guys tonight, and some of them played well. They’re stepping up, and that’s good,” Coach Mackey said.
The Wildcats only held an 11-6 advantage at the end of the first quarter, but a 21-7 run in the second blew the game open at 32-13. Sand Rock led 46-24 at the end of the third quarter.
Jacob West led Ider with 12 points. Jesse Ring added seven points.
Sand Rock 73, Ider 39
SAND ROCK – Madison Smith led three Sand Rock players in double figures, lifting the Class 2A, No. 7 Lady Wildcats to a 73-39 basketball victory over visiting Ider on Thursday.
Smith tallied 18 points, nine rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot for Sand Rock (18-1). Madison McCullough added 15 points, five boards and two steals. Emily Langley contributed 10 points and a pair of assists.
Shelley Sonaty had eight points, four boards, three steals and two assists. Leslie Mackey managed six points, four rebounds and two steals. Courtney Rowe finished with five points, four assists, four steals and three rebounds.
“The girls played hard. We had a lot of contributions,” Sand Rock coach Lisa Bates said. “Ider played hard too. They got after it. I was impressed with their aggressiveness. He’s (Coach Mark McMahon) teaching them to play fast and aggressive. They had some good runs. It felt like they scored more than 39 points. That was good for us, for them to push back on us a little bit.”
Sand Rock jumped out to a 24-9 advantage at the end of the first quarter and held a 46-21 lead at halftime. The Lady Wildcats led 59-33 after three quarters.
“We got to sub a lot and play everybody,” Bates said. “I thought we pushed the ball down the floor well. The only thing we didn’t do well was shoot free throws (11 of 28). Other than that, we spread it out. They were playing good team ball. They were looking for each other.”
Hannah Culpepper and Jackie Allday led the Lady Hornets with nine points apiece. Morgan Flynn and Alli Stephens both finished with five points.