Rouse began district play on a high note Tuesday night.
The Raiders won their sixth straight game, beating East View 74-60 at home. They won the Marble Falls Tournament last weekend, including an overtime win against Copperas Cover in the championship game.
“Getting a district win early is huge,” Rouse head coach Shane Krause said. “We’re going to have to get up for every game. Our goals aren’t really results based. We start off with having a good experience with the kids being great teammates and getting along.”
Michael Forster led the Raiders with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Kyle Mitchell had a double-double with 16 point and 10 assists. Blake Smith scored 13 points and Gavin Sharp added 12 points with five rebounds.
The Raiders are up to No. 15 in the most recent Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Poll.
Rouse jumped out to an early double-digit lead and finished the first quarter leading 18-13. The Patriots clawed their way back to tie the game at 28 with just over three minutes left in the half and the Raiders went into the break leading by two points.
“The big focus at halftime was our lack of defensive intensity. Giving up more than 30 points is way too much. We talked about playing better defense. The defense was going to win the game and it was going to help us close it out.”
That’s exactly what they did.
Rouse held East View to just 11 points in the quarter, including two field goals in the first five minutes of the half. The Raiders outscored the Patriots 19-15 in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Rouse continues district play next Tuesday at Cedar Park before returning home to face Cedar Creek next Friday. Both games are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
“This group has had great chemistry, which for allows you to do more than you potential allows,” Krause said. “Big player make big plays in big games. That’s what’s going to need to happen for us to go farther than ever.”
Other local scores:
Cedar Park 61, Bastrop 51
Round Rock Meridian 48, Glenn 41
Belton 78, Leander 70
Vandegrift 54, Dripping Springs 53
Liberty Hill 84, Glenn 24
Cedar Park 53, Bastrop 49
Leander 51, Westlake 39
Rouse 47, East View 42
Vandegrift 61, Hays 49
Vista Ridge 80, Lake Travis 43