Tuscola, TX – While Permian showed a marked improvement in defending lane traffic, it wouldn’t be of use in preventing Rockwall-Heath’s barrage of perimeter three’s in a 62-48 road loss in the Indians Gymnasium at Jim Ned High School on Saturday.
Relying heavily on the three-ball, the Hawks unleashed nine of their 13 treys in the opening frame to jump out to a 29-9 first quarter lead. Heath’s Chandler Dickinson finished with a game-high 28 points and logged 11 of those in the first eight minutes. Clayton Schroepfer backed that up with three three-pointers.
Permian sophomore Race Herr tried to keep pace for the Panthers recording seven of his team-high 17 points in the first quarter. Even though Mojo improved as the game progressed, they were unable to make up the deficit and recover from the damage of the opening quarter.
Dickinson added nine to the Hawks’ tally, while a trey by Zay Pierce and basket by Calvione Calicutt were the only Permian points not scored by Herr in the second period. The Panthers found themselves in unfamiliar territory, trailing 42-20 at the break.
Permian came out and played a better game of basketball in the second half. The Panthers opened the third quarter with Pierce knocking down a three, and Herr swatting away a Heath shot attempt on the other end. Held without a bucket in the first half, Tremayne Baty added a basket as Mojo climbed its way back into the game. Baty finished the game with 11 points, which were all produced in the second half.
The Panthers and Hawks exchanged baskets the remainder of the period. Herr capped off the third quarter scoring with an offensive put-back two to cut the Heath lead to 52-34.
Permian opened the final stanza forcing a turnover, which was answered by Pierce when he drained a 3-pointer. The Panthers stayed persistent and cut the deficit down to 10 points on a Calicutt free throw midway into the quarter. The Panthers were unable to narrow the difference into single digits. The Hawks regained and maintained a 14-point lead, predominately from the free throw line, to hand Mojo the 62-48 road loss.
The Panthers will give attention to areas that were exposed from the weekend in the coming week. Permian’s next game is another non-district contest that will once again be played on the road. Mojo will visit Seminole on Saturday, November 12.
Fouls: Permian – 13 | Rockwall-Heath – 10
Race Herr 7 1-1 17, Zay Pierce 4 0-0 11, Tremayne Baty 5 1-2 11, Calvione Calicutt 1 2-6 4, Ben Saldivar 1 0-0 2, Carlous Davis 1 0-0 2, Cedric Baty 0 1-2 1
Chandler Dickinson 11 2-2 28, Clayton Schroepfer 6 5-6 23, Kevin Beard 1 2-2 5, Patrick Deven 1 0-0 3, Luke Braden 1 0-0 3
Permian – 5 (Pierce 3, Herr 2)
Heath – 13 (Schroepfer 6, Dickinson 4, Deven 1, Braden 1, Beard 1)