Posted On: 02/23/21 10:54 PM

As I entered Mount Saint Mary High School on Tuesday night, I noticed so many familiar things from my playing days. I spent many summer afternoons in Mount’s hot gym and played them in school ball as well. While the gym was virtually the same, the team that stepped on the court most certainly wasn’t, and that’s thanks to Rockets head coach Brandon Jackson and his coaching staff for putting together a well-constructed squad.

The Rockets played Plainview for the district championship and never struggled, knocking off the Indians, 87-52.

While the Rockets struggled shooting early in the game, they got any and everything they wanted in the paint against the undersized Indians. While the Rockets aren’t the tallest team in 4A, they have a bulldog mentality mixed with a plethora of talented sophomores. They only start one senior.

While they may not be as noticeable as other 4A powerhouses like Kingfisher and Heritage Hall, especially offensively, what sets them apart is their ability to play stifling defense, which everyone witnessed against Plainview, who didn’t get many clean shots off.

The players that carried Mount to a District title were Luke Harstad and C.J. Johnson, who combined for nearly half

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