RIO VISTA, Texas — Palmer earned its second win of the 2016-17 district schedule on Friday night, beating Rio Vista High School 61-54 at RVHS Gymnasium.
The win, which put the (11-6, 2-1) Bulldogs in contention for first place, was the second in a row since falling to Farmersville and Italy High Schools in back-to-back contests. It also marked the second time Palmer held an opponent to 55 or fewer total points.
"We had some points during the game where we struggled offensively but the kids stepped up and hit some big shots in the fourth quarter," said Ryan Fortenberry, the head boys' basketball coach at Palmer High School. "We play a very good Grandview team on Tuesday and need to get better at our offensive execution and rebounding before that game begins."
Led by 6-foot-1 sophomore Wesley Greenlee, the Bulldogs won three of the four quarters of high school basketball and outpaced the Eagles defensively. Greenlee, who scored a game-high 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds was only one of the players that gained or neared double-double status.
Sophomore Dylan Villasenor (8 pts, 8 rebs, 5 stls) was two points and two rebounds from securing a double-double and five steals shy of posting a triple-double. Adrian Cisneros was the team's second-lading scorer with 14 points and five rebounds and Jeremy Robinson added 12 points.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to face undefeated 17-3A No. 1 Grandview High School at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at PHS Gymnasium. The Zebras are on a six-game winning streak and haven't lost since the 63-58 finish against Italy.
Grandview has averaged 59 points per game through 12 contests. The Zebras raised that average during their district schedule, scoring 75 points per game against Blooming Grove, Keene and Rio Vista High Schools.
Marcus S. Marion can be reached at (469) 517-1456. Follow him on Twitter @MarcusMarionWNI.