In their final meeting this season the Mineola Yellowjackets beat the Quitman Bulldogs 74-34 in Mineola Tuesday night thanks to a second half surge.
With Mineola preparing for a possible playoff run, Quitman found themselves down 15-8 early in the second quarter when Mineola’s Sean Dennis finished off a layup plus the foul giving Mineola its first double-digit lead of the game at 18-8.
That play was followed up by Mineola’s Davion Sneed who also scored a layup while being fouled as the Jackets looked to extend their lead even further. The 6’5” junior forward had one of best games in district as he would finish with a team-high 15 points.
After a score by Quitman, Cameron Sorenson got in to the action as he hit his first three-pointer of the game midway through the second quarter. Quitman then responded with some great ball movement as Luke Pruden and Josh Medlin combined for a great give-and-go play leading to Medlin’s first basket of the quarter.
Mineola’s Shaw Franklin then went on a 4-0 run of his own as Mineola led 29-13 at the half.
In the second half Sorenson opened up a 5-0 run for Mineola as he hit his second three of the game off a solid assist from Connor Dobbs. On an ensuing play Dobbs scored a breakaway layup that pushed Mineola’s lead to 21 at 34-13.
After a timeout by Quitman, the Bulldogs got their first score of the second half to fall as freshman center Kalen Wilkerson scored on a layup plus the foul. Dennis then answered for Mineola with a score of his own while Garrett Peek scored at the other end for Quitman.
With the Bulldogs down 38-18 Quitman’s sophomore point guard Trey Berry hit one of his two second half threes as he tried to keep his team in the game.
However the effort wasn’t enough Tuesday night as Sorenson drove and finished another layup and then Sneed went back to work inside scoring on back-to-back plays to close the third quarter.
While Sneed led the Jackets with 15, Sorenson and Franklin added 11 points, while Jonah Fischer added 10 to round out the double-digit scoring for Mineola.