“It was a solid team effort all the way around,” said Wilkins. “It’s good to get this first one under our belts. It’s just going to keep getting tougher and tougher and that’s what the playoffs are all about.”
Quan Terry paced three Trojans in double figures as he had a team-high 17 points and a team-high five boards.
Guards Trey Cole and Douglas Johnson scored 12 points apiece while Ed Hayes had seen points and five rebounds.
Coldspring stayed in the hunt by forcing WO-S into 24 turnovers. However, the Trojans had 20 of their own.
The Trojans only went 7-of-18 from the free-throw line while the Mustangs converted 12-of-17.
Rutledge and Ty Thompson combined for nine first-quarter points while Johnson had five for the Trojans.
Paige ignited the second-quarter surge with eight points and he did it in style with a pair of dunks. Spencer tallied six quick points off the bench in the period to aid the cause and a Ty Thompson putback stretched the lead to 30-13.
Coldspring kept pushing and outscored the Mustangs the rest of the period, thanks to seven points by Terry, to trail 42-26 at intermission.
The Trojans outscored the Mustangs 17-16 in the third period but Rutledge and Ty Thompson teamed up for nine more points in the quarter to make it 58-43 at the end of three.
The Trojans outpointed WO-S 18-17 in the last period but couldn’t stop Ty Thompson inside the paint late as he muscled his way to six big points near the basket.