Sherman head coach Greg Nix said he’s never seen a shooting performance like the one visiting Lovejoy put on in the second half of Friday afternoon’s District 13-4A game.

Sherman head coach Greg Nix said he’s never seen a shooting performance like the one visiting Lovejoy put on in the second half of Friday afternoon’s District 13-4A game.


The Bearcats made it a six-point game in the first two minutes of the second half. But from there on, the visiting Leopards hardly missed, and the game quickly turned into a 94-52 rout at Bearcat Gymnasium.


"It happened in about five or six minutes," Nix said afterward. "Some of (the shots) were guarded, some of them were falling-out-of-bounds 3s, some of them were fadeaways. It was a well-executed offense."


Lovejoy ended the game on a 53-17 tear and in one stretch made 15 of 16 shots from the floor, including six 3-point baskets.


The Leopards also were 15-of-16 at the charity stripe.


"Other than getting beat that bad, the thing I was disappointed in the most is at any point when we get outrun down the floor," Nix said. "That should never happen to this group. In the fourth quarter they got four or five leak-out baskets where they beat us down the floor. To me, that’s a lack of effort on our part."


Tre’ Mask finished with 13 points to lead the Bearcats and Banner Sullivan added 10. It was a tough day for J’Lynn Thompson, the Bearcats’ leading scorer on the year, who had 10 points but finished 2-of-9 from the floor.


"I don’t know if there’s anyone else on our roster that scares people like he does, and he’s going to draw one or two defenders everywhere he goes," Nix said. "They’re going to faceguard him and make him work to get open. He had several good passes and set his teammates up, but what they’re going to do is force the ball out of his hands."


Ty Williams added eight points and a team-high seven rebounds.


Even though Sherman trailed 41-27 at halftime, nobody saw a blowout of any magnitude coming as the Bearcats went on an 8-0 surge to open the third quarter and clawed to within 41-35 on 3-point baskets by Sullivan and Mask and two Mask free throws.


"We thought this might be a fistfight for the next 16 minutes," Nix said. "Not so much."


The bottom quickly dropped out as the Leopards went on an 18-2 tear to take complete command, and it only got worse.


The Leopards’ biggest lead was 46 points, and the 100-point plateau wasn’t out of the question until the Bearcats slowed the pace down in the final two minutes.


"For two and a half quarters we played well, but that last quarter and a half was as bad as I’ve seen it in 19 years of coaching," Nix said. "That’s as bad as I’ve ever been beaten, period. Junior high, seventh grade, ninth grade … Never had it worse."


Jordan Reed led Lovejoy with 21 points before being pulled early in the fourth period. Sam Victor added 18 points, followed by Sam Meaders with 15 and Grant Forte with 13.


The Bearcats continue their quest for their first district win on Tuesday night at Wylie.


"We make our three longest road trips the first part of district," Nix said. "It’s a hole, but we’ve got some home games in the second half where we’ll have to dig out of it."