The Calallen Wildcats are off to a smooth start after easily beating the Robstown Cottonpickers, 70-44, last week in their opening district game.

Wildcat senior forward Dustin Vaughan had a great game as the game's leading scorer with 16 points. He also dominated on the boards with 11, giving him a double-double for the Jan. 11 game. Five of those rebounds came in the fourth quarter alone.

Vaughan also had a hand in steals with five.

Calallen junior guard Scott Ryan was also impressive, scoring 13 points.

Robstown senior forward Chris Buentello was the leading scorer for the Cottonpickers with 11. He was Robstown's lone player scoring in double figures, with eight of his points in the fourth quarter. Buentello also managed two steals.

After catching fire with a 17-6 lead in the first quarter, the Wildcats cooled off as much as the Cottonpickers in the second quarter with several missed shots from both ends of the court.

Both teams scored only 10 points each in the second quarter, which was a cause for concern for Calallen's coach Jeff Crews.

"I don't like the way we have been playing," Crews said. "We need to focus on playing four good quarters instead of just the second half."

Robstown was down by 11, 27-16, after halftime, but the third was not a good experience for the Cottonpickers.

The Wildcats outscored them 22-6.

Half of those points came from Ryan who was a perfect 3-for-3 behind the 3-point line, accounting for nine of his 11 points.

Rebounds made a huge impact in the Wildcats performance, out-rebounding Robstown 9-4.

Although Robstown outscored Calallen 22-21 in the fourth quarter, it was not enough for the Cottonpickers to catch up.

"Down the road, we need to start playing every quarter like it's our last," Crews said.

Calallen's bench did not slack on the court, scoring 17 points of its 21 fourth quarter points.

Robstown played on the road against the Flour Bluff Hornets Tuesday. The Cottonpickers head back home Friday to play the Alice Coyotes at 8 p.m.

The Wildcats faced the Tuloso-Midway Warriors on Tuesday at home. They head to Kingsville Friday to play the H.M. King Brahmas at 8 p.m.