Explosive offense, aided by a 14-point effort from junior Trace Young, carried the Dripping Springs Tigers basketball team to a 54-40 non-district Nov. 30 win over the Kerrville Tivy Antlers.
Dripping Springs controlled the pace of play by taking a 17-9 first quarter lead. The Tigers were aided by the play of senior Alema Louis, who locked the down paint and kept Tivy’s offense in check, along with senior Tyler Smith on the offensive end.
Both defenses stepped up and shut down production in the second frame. Young took over the game for the Tigers, scoring five of his 14 points in the second quarter. Senior Kyle Rioux checked in and scored four points on back-to-back possessions. The Tigers held a slim 27-21 lead over Tivy at halftime.
Dripping Springs came out firing to start the second half. Smith and Young started connecting on their jump shots, with senior Price Siemering grabbing several offensive rebounds and putting them back in for points. The Tigers outpaced the Antlers in the third and held a commanding 40-29 lead going into the final quarter.
Kerrville, however, turned to senior Jackson Young to get its offense going. Young nailed a handful of deep shots and spurred a small rally. Dripping Springs kept up the pace, with Young hitting a deep three-pointer late in the game to give the Tigers separation.
Young finished by grabbing six rebounds and came away with two steals. Head coach Craig Swannack said he loves the tools Young brings to the table.
“We love having Trace. He’s a great young man,” Swannack said. “His scoring ability is remarkable at times.”
The Tigers have played some tough opponents early, but Swannack feels his team has played tough and that did not change in this game.
“After playing such a tough schedule, we talked so much about competing,” Swannack said. “I think that’s what I was most proud of, is that the guys really played hard tonight.”
Dripping Springs hosted Burnet Dec. 4, before starting district play Dec. 7 on the road against Travis. Dripping Springs returns home Dec. 14 when the Tigers play Crockett. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.