Milestone for Mitchell

Only a junior, Tiger guard becomes school’s all-time leading scorer
BY BILL MARTIN
Reporter Sports Editor


Rockdale’s Wendell MItchell drives against Milano’s Treyton Steinbecker late in the Tigers’ win. 
Reporter/Bill Martin Rockdale’s Wendell MItchell drives against Milano’s Treyton Steinbecker late in the Tigers’ win. Reporter/Bill Martin MILANO–It somehow seems all too fitting, that on the evening in which Wendell Mitchell became Rockdale’s all-time leading scorer, he would produce his lowest output of the season.

Despite his “off” night of 21 points, the talented guard’s first basket of the night pushed him past William McQuitter’s 1,672 points in the Tigers’ 64-36 victory over Milano in Geneva Pacely Gym Friday.

On this special evening, Mitchell nearly pulled off a triple-double with the 21 points, alongside 15 rebounds and eight steals. He dished off five assists for good measure.

The 6-foot-1 guard entered the game averaging 33.7 points a contest and has already packed away 540 points this season in leading Rockdale to a 14-3 mark after a win over LaGrange Tuesday night on the road.

Mitchell’s 38 points lifts him further past McQuitter with 1,731 points.

With District 18-3A tipping off Friday, the Tigers have already improved on last season’s 11-16 ledger.

Mitchell’s next target is McQuitter’s season point total of 740, set in his senior year of 2010. Mitchell had 630 points last season, which is third on the all-time list.

Mitchell has already pocketed one of Rockdale’s most coveted marks, when he erupted for 54 points against Brazos Christian earlier this season to break the great Clyde Luetge’s 59-year old school record of 51 points in a game.

Of the top 10 individual performances in school history, Mitchell owns five of them.

In addition to the 54 points, he also scored 44 against Cameron and Thorndale earlier this season.

With a minimum of 12 games left in this season and an entire senior season ahead, Mitchell will continue to pile on the points to his already record total.

Milano

The Tigers jumped out to a 30-18 halftime lead and cruised to the 64-36 win.

Darius Ford pumped in 25 points to pace the Tigers along with eight boards.

Ed Dansby chipped in five.

The Tigers were playing short handed with starter James David in Florida participating in a football all-star game.

The 3-11 Eagles also had a short bench with three players still away on Christmas vacation.

Jordan Millar muscled inside for 19 points for Milano, followed by David Jentsch’s 15.

Derek Walton’s steal and basket with 3 minutes, 1 second left in the third quarter got the Eagles as close as they were going to get at 37-27.

Ford converted a free throw and a followup, followed by Bailey Helton’s three-point play to push Rockdale comfortably ahead again, 43-27.

LaGrange

Against LaGrange Tuesday, Mitchell struck for 38 points which included sinking 16-of-17 free throws.

He also yanked down 10 rebounds with six assists and five steals.

Ford and varsity newcomer Tro’maine Miles added 12 points apiece, while David returned to action and grabbed up 14 rebounds and four steals.


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