FRISCO, Texas — Thirty-one points from Michael Holland and Steven Wallace helped Midlothian Heritage High School defeat Frisco Independence High School 77-69 Saturday and for the second consecutive year at FIHS Gymnasium.
Their performances also overcame Frisco Independence's third quarter surge and helped (2-0) Jaguars capture their second win of the season.
"We battled through some adversity after allowing 28 points to one player and not rebounding well. We have to do a better job of finding the different color jersey to block out," said Andy Slye, the MHHS head boys basketball coach. "It was a back and forth game that we found a way to win against a really good team."
Despite outscoring the Knights 37 to 33 in the first half, juniors Bryan Maxey, Jordan Cooke and Colin King exploded for a 22-point third quarter outburst and helped Frisco Independence close the points gap to two. Wallace and seniors Seth Golden, Jackson McLaughlin and Isaac Rangel — each had at least one steal during the game — had other ideas about how their second game would end.
While the foursome combined for all of the six steals, they also scored 25 of the Jaguars 77 total points. Holland, who led Midlothian Heritage with 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field and pulled down six rebounds, and junior Colin Valenta, who added six of his eight points on 2-for-3 shooting from behind the three-point line, landed the first jab and the final knockout punch that beat Frisco Independence.
"There are not enough good things to say about Michael," Slye said. "He is a great kid who works extremely hard and I think everyone feeds off of his non-stop energy and intensity. He has definitely grown in the game of basketball and continues to grow every single day. Although Michael's stats stand out, everyone on the team is contributing. He would be the first to tell you without those other guys he would not be able to do everything he does for us on a consistent basis."
McLaughlin and Jaren Shead added nine points each and Greg Drake scored seven points, including one 3-pointer. As a team, the Jaguars finished 8-for-9 (42 percent) from three and 9-for-16 (56 percent) from the free throw line.
Midlothian Heritage is scheduled to play Burkburnett High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Rider High School at noon Saturday. Both games are at Burkburnett High School Gymnasium.
Burkburnett is the No. 11 team in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches current 4A standings.
"These guys are very good," Slye said. "We know we will have to play a great game. The mindset is to get better every single time we walk on the court. Whether it be at Practice or in a game the mindset is to get better. Win, lose or draw, we want to improve as a team so that when we are playing district basketball, we are playing our best game every time we step out onto the court."