HICKS – Hicks attacked early and often against Fairview as it cruised to a district win.
The Pirates jumped out to a 20-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back in their 82-31 win Monday night at home.
"I thought we played really well," Hicks head coach Neil Standifer said. "Our goal tonight was to come out with a lot of intensity and aggression. When we went to Fairview, we were timid early and let them get on a run. Our goal was to put a lot of pressure on the ball, make them take tough shots and push it in transition."
No. 2 Hicks moves to 28-5 on the year and 7-0 in district play with five games remaining on the schedule.
"We just want to win the district, and, naturally, our dream would to be undefeated in the district," Standifer said. "We know that we have three tough opponents coming up. We have to go to Pitkin on Friday, Hornbeck comes here on Tuesday and we finish up at Anacoco. None of those games are going to be easy. We have to show up with the mentality we did tonight."
The Pirates had four players score in double figures, led by 20 points from Austin Merchant.
"One thing about my guys that I always mention is how balanced our scoring is," Standifer said. "When we get that mentality that we don't care who scores and we just want to make the best pass, that is when our game is the best. We are not looking for one or two key guys. I'm comfortable with any of my guys shooting from anywhere on the court."
Hicks led by 10 less than four minutes into the game and stretched the lead to 25-5 with a layup by Zach Harper with 2:12 left in the first quarter.
"We liked to play uptempo, but not against every opponent," Standifer said. "We feel like if we can get the tempo up, it will be in our favor.
The Pirates went on a 9-2 run in the second quarter to build up a 48-24 lead at the break.
Hicks outscored Fairview 23-4 in the third quarter, including a 12-0 run to end the period.
The subs took over in the fourth as Hicks sealed with 51-point victory.
Mitchell Kinchen finished with 15 points, and Trace Williams recorded 14. Harper scored 11 points in the win for Hicks.
"Mitchell and Trace are finding their rhythm from the outside," Standifer said. "In the middle of the season, we struggled with that aspect, but as of late, both Mitchell and Trace are shooting well. Going into further into district and playoffs, that is going to be a big help for us."