WALKER — The Scotlandville boys basketball team has not lost a district game since the 2010-11 season.
Judging by their efforts in the first three games of this year’s district slate, it’s hard to imagine the Hornets will have their run of dominance in league action stopped anytime soon.
Scotlandville improved to 3-0 in District 4-5A play Tuesday night with another rout, this one an 87-29 triumph at Walker as the Hornets handed the Wildcats their first district loss.
Scotlandville (23-2) has won its three district games by an average of 61 points.
“I’m a firm believer that any given night, anybody can get beat,” Scotlandville coach Carlos Sample said. “Our guys have to stay focused and stay locked in, and just give everybody our best game. I think tonight we took a step in the right direction. Our guys played hard.”
Scotlandville, the Class 5A state champion three of the past four seasons, has won every district game it has played since Walker beat the Hornets by one five years ago.
Any hopes Walker had of history repeating itself Tuesday were dashed when Scotlandville turned a 7-4 lead into a 20-4 edge with a 13-0 run in three minutes.
The Hornets led 22-6 at the end of the first quarter and 40-15 at halftime.
Sophomore point guard Ja’Vonte Smart led four Hornets in double figures with 27 points, followed by Lamarq Williams with 16, Garrick Green with 14 and Jaylen Hawkins with 10. Smart had 12 of his points during a first quarter when he made three 3-pointers.
Walker (19-5) had an 11-game winning streak snapped after winning its first two district games by three combined points.
“When we’re not making shots, it starts to snowball real fast,” Walker coach Anthony Schiro said. “After we missed a few of them, I think it got in our head and it started to alter every shot we took.”
Dalton Moore was Walker’s only double-digit scorer with 10 points as the Wildcats were held to their season-low point total.
On the defensive end, the Wildcats had no answer for Smart’s highlight-reel drives to the basket, long-distance marksmanship and occasional no-look passes.
“He’s the engine,” Sample said. “He does a great job of not just getting himself in the game but getting everybody involved.”
Walker had cut the Scotlandville lead to 7-4 on a contested jumper by Josh Cook before Scotlandville took command with the 13-0 first-quarter run. The Wildcats never recovered, their offensive chances often negated by a shot-blocker closing fast from the backside.
Smart swatted away two attempts himself in the final minutes of the first half.
In the second half, Scotlandville opened up a 57-15 lead before Darius Hampton knocked down a jumper from the wing to give Walker its first points of the third quarter.
But even in another lopsided win, Sample found area for improvement: Thirteen turnovers by the Hornets in the first half.
“Every day in itself is a challenge,” Sample said. “I challenge these guys in everything we do to be as close to perfect as possible.”