The Woodlands trounces Conroe Friday

By: WOL Sports Staff
| Published 01/21/2011

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THE WOODLANDS, Texas – A raucous crowd was on its feet late in the fourth quarter of Friday’s rivalry game with Conroe. It wasn’t because of a nail-biting finish. The Woodlands High School boys’ basketball team, ranked No. 25 in the state, had the game well in hand long ago.

No, the cheer went up for one Jacob Kiser, a student assistant, and fan favorite. Late in the fourth quarter of the Highlanders’ 87-44 blow-out victory over Conroe, a chant began for the senior who was suited up for the game. A thunderous cheer went up when Kiser rose from the bench and made his way to the scorer’s table to check into the game.

“He’s worked his tail off for four years for us and it’s just a way for us to reward him,” said The Woodlands coach Dale Reed. “He does whatever we ask; films for us, stats for us, shags balls for the guys, just an ultimate team player.

“So it was just neat to be able to get him out on the court.”

And the crowd went crazy when Kiser stepped onto the floor, and went bananas when Kiser drained a 3-pointer.

“He’s a pretty good shooter,” Reed said. “He can play a little bit. He comes out in practice and if we need a guy, he jumps out there and does a real good job.

“We’re just real excited that he was able to play tonight.”

It was icing on the cake to the Highlanders’ 16th consecutive victory this season and 23rd overall against only three losses. It also marked a complete 6-0 sweep of the first round of the District 14-5A schedule for the Highlanders.

“I thought our guys were really focused and we were ready to play,” Reed said. “Sometimes you’re worried about that maybe we’re looking ahead at a game or enjoying a previous game and so you’re not focused.

“But I thought we were focused on tonight and I thought we did a great job of taking care of business.”

It was a dominating performance from start to finish. The Woodlands jumped out to a 21-9 lead at the quarter and even topped that in the second quarter to take a commanding 42-17 lead at halftime. The Highlanders tallied 30 points in the third quarter before coasting.

“That’s our depth,” Reed said. “We really have great depth. We’ve got 12 guys, 13 guys tonight, that can play and there’s not a lot of let off when they come in.

“I think our point guards had 16 assists and so we were very unselfish tonight and got a lot of easy looks.”

Garrett Colonna scored 21 points and Nolan Cass added 19 more in the victory, which keeps the Highlanders alone atop the district standings. Wes Cole and Brandon Caporale chipped in nine points apiece.

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