EARLSBORO— Off and running. The Earlsboro Wildcats rolled the visiting Stonewall Longhorns, Tuesday night, 71-51 to earn their third straight win to open the 2018-2019 hoops campaign.

With a new coach and new starters, the Wildcats look anything but new – not missing a beat from last year’s march into the state finals.

“I’m proud of the effort and how hard they played tonight,” said Earlsboro head coach Brandon Kirkpatrick. “Our intensity was where it needed to be.”

The two teams traded hoops through the first half of the opening quarter, sharing four ties and two lead changes. That all changed in the final four minutes of the quarter when Earlsboro finished the frame on a 15-2 run, sparked by a smothering defense and a running Kaveon Sharp. Sharp scored six points in the final 3:55 to give the Wildcats a 24-11 advantage, heading into the second quarter.

The Wildcats extended the lead to 42-24 at the half, ending any mystery as to who was going to win the game. Sharp led Earlsboro with 16 points and harassed the Stonewall guards all night long on defense.

The Wildcats used the long ball in the third quarter to extend the lead even further. They hit five treys to take a commanding 63-38 lead into the fourth quarter. Reserve Roderick Rezentes hit two of the bombs, as did Izaiah Wind. Trenton Nadeau hit the fifth trey. Rezentes finished with 11 points and Nadeau had 13. Nadeau hit thrtee treys in the first half to finish with four of them in the game.

Earlsboro improves to 3-0 on the season and will host Varnum on Friday night.