Third quarter struggles lead to Mineola loss

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With shooters like Cameron Sorenson, Connor Dobbs, Shaw Franklin, Jonah Fischer and Kelby Brunner Mineola has typically used an efficient inside-outside offensive attack to compete with the better teams in East Texas all season.

The Edgewood Bulldogs came in to the matchup as arguably one of the region’s best teams with a 23-1 record as well as an unbeaten 8-0 record in district.

However the Jackets struggled mightily last Tuesday night against Edgewood as the team didn’t hit a three pointer until the final minutes of the fourth quarter after the game was out of reach as the Jackets lost 56-38 – their biggest loss of the season. Coming in to their match-up, Mineola had lost on the road at Edgewood 56-42, which was their biggest loss in district to that point.

In the first half there was virtually no flow for either team as both team battered each other with fouls and tough defense. Mineola finished the half down 15-19.

While the Mineola defense was extremely effective in the first half, Edgewood found their rhythm offensively in the third quarter as they outscored Mineola 16-6 in the third quarter.

Edgewood immediately went on a 9-3 run to start the second half. Noble Smith got the scoring going as he hit a deep three. That play was followed by Edgewood’s Trey Erwin scoring on back-to-back layups. The run was finished off by Edgewood’s Brayden Allen who hit a layup to extend the Bulldog lead to 28-18.

The Mineola offense’s cold streak lasted nearly the entire quarter as Sean Dennis scored the team’s first field goal of the second half with just under 40 seconds left in the third frame. Edgewood took a 35-21 lead into the final quarter.

In similar fashion in the third it was Edgewood striking first on offense as the fourth quarter started with Edgewood’s Cody Delarosa hitting another three-pointer.

Fischer hit two threes for Mineola while Sorenson hit a three also with less than a minute to go but the run wouldn’t be enough as the Bulldogs remained undefeated in district. Mineola went on to shoot 3-18 from the three-point-line for the game.

For the first time all season Mineola had no player scored in double figures. Sorenson and Fischer led the way for Mineola with eight points apiece. Trevion Sneed added six.

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