AUSTIN, TEXAS (KLTV/AP) - Jerred Whisenhunt scored 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting and 2nd ranked White Oak pulled away in the second half of a 67-45 win against defending state champion Idalou in the Class 2A semifinals Friday.
White Oak (36-1) led 25-14 at halftime before pulling away in the third quarter on a 14-5 run sparked by two baskets from Whisenhunt.
The Roughnecks used a suffocating defense, forcing the Wildcats into 22 turnovers.
"We forced them into some mistakes and I knew once we got going defensively we would concentrate there," said head coach Ron Boyett, "That is always our focus, we try and guard first and rebound and the rest will take care of itself."
Caleb Carr added 13 points and eight rebounds for White Oak, while Skylar Sutton and Kris Anderson scored 10 apiece.
White Oak outscored Idalou 29-19 in the 3rd quarter to take a 21 point lead into the 4th.
They will play for the first state championship for White Oak since 1957.
"Right now our mentality is one more game, we came here for a state championship," said Carr, "We believe that we are the best team in the state and we are going to play like that and we will play our best and whatever happens happens."
White Oak will play Brock in the 2A championship game Saturday at 2:00.
The Roughnecks have won an incredible 31 straight games this year.
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