TRENTON — With three guards penciled into the starting lineup and three post players capable of starting, the Tigers needed to find a way to solve this particular math problem.

TRENTON — With three guards penciled into the starting lineup and three post players capable of starting, the Tigers needed to find a way to solve this particular math problem.


And while most of Trenton’s games tend to have margins routinely stretching into double digits, the answer to the equation probably wouldn’t have a direct effect on the outcome.


"The two posts who lead in rebounding start the next game," Tigers head coach Jimmy English said.


It has proven to be another way to help the focus always be there for Trenton, which remained undefeated in District 15-A (I) action with an 83-45 victory over Sam Rayburn on Friday night.


Lane Henderson scored 29 points in three quarters of work to go with 10 rebounds, Kylie Wylie finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds and Garrett Puyear totaled 10 points and eight rebounds for Trenton (16-6, 9-0), which is seeking its third straight district title.


"We didn’t take anybody lightly the first round and we haven’t so far in the second half," English said. "There’s only been six Trenton teams undefeated in district and we want to be the seventh."


The Tigers’ improved play around the basket has helped their latest surge. Wylie was more than half-way to his double-double in the first quarter, when he and Henderson each scored 10 of Trenton’s 24 points. Wylie has been battling Puyear and Tyler Connelly to get more minutes of late.


"He’s really come on," English said. "He lost his starting spot at one point this year and he’s worked to get it back. He’s taken that challenge on."


Sam Rayburn (11-8, 5-4) was trying to stay in a three-way tie for third place but, along with Wolfe City, fell a game back of Blue Ridge for the district’s final playoff spot with three weeks remaining in the season. The Rebels host second-place Bland on Tuesday night.


By the middle of the first quarter Trenton had taken control with a 15-2 lead — highlighted by a Henderson follow dunk — and the Tigers went into the break up 20 points.


"It was nice to see them extend that the whole time, even with the subs. It’s nice to have a group that’s self-motivated," English said. "We’re starting to play very well. The second round we’ve been getting better."


Despite losing three starters to graduation, the Tigers returned several key players from last year’s region semifinalist squad. Henderson is averaging almost 25 points per game not just because of his sharp-shooting but because teams can’t solely focus on him.


"When he’s getting double teams, we’ve had a guy or two step up and make shots," English said. "And his percentage is good. He’s not just jacking up shots."