Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Lot's of firsts for 2018 Regional Semifinals


I know many don't keep up with history and just go with the flow on what they hear and although it irritates me it also enables me to have a platform to go off which always pleases me so I tweeted awhile back after reading about Jersey Village being put on the map this year being totally incorrect because they were once one of the teams you had to go through to get to Austin so I'm assuming since the state tournament is now in San Antonio, they were talking about the map heading that way so okay, I get it now, well actually I don't but one more time

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What is true is that Jersey Village is the ONLY team that has made it to the Regional semifinals and they match up against Summer Creek at 6pm on Friday, followed by Atascocita and Cy Creek at 7:30, all of this in Katy at the Merrell Center which means 2 things, Orleans and Katy Mills but another two things it means is I don't recall two teams with two freshmen playing major roles in their teams making it to this stage, Jersey Village with Briana Peguero and Gia Adams who have gone completely off in multiple games, Peguero was HUGE last night , plus Jersey Village has two sets of, you got it, TWINS, seniors Kyla and Jade Collins and juniors Kaylynne and Kayleigh who in the 5th grade I said, you already know

I guess Cy Creek's freshmen duo of Kyndall Hunter and Rori Harmon were in the 5th grade as well when I first saw them play and usually in a couple I can tell, that's minutes, not games but let me say this, both are beyond their years as far as basketball talent and knowledge of the game, their explosiveness and ability to make teammates better is one of the main reasons why they're here but Creek got a big lift from their reserves, otherwise they may have been up the Langham Creek in that overtime thriller. I'm telling you, this was as close to what it used to be as I've seen all season and if you weren't around or knew what you were looking at, there's really no need to respond but the game has definitely changed as a whole and it was refreshing to say the least to see some real action so I can't wait

Monday, February 19, 2018

Alvin and Langham Creek prove 4+4 = Elite 8


I caught Alvin back in FBISD Tournament against Crosby in the Consolation Simmies, okay semis and I loved their grit, they played smart, were well coached and the most important thing that somehow slips away, they played within themselves so needless to say, it was refreshing to see a throwback squad getting after it. Andreea Mancha always showed she could shoot the long ball and she's definitely on fire in the playoffs while Natali Miller's inside play as well as Brooklyn Sutton, Mariah Byrone and Madison Becker, who I teased about the TV show, all filled in many blanks as well as their solid bench play but to say I'm somewhat surprised they made it to the Elite 8 would be an understatement since I had Pearland as one of the teams that had a shot to get out of here. That shows one thing, well actually a lot of things but always remember, the game is played on the court and in the playoffs, anything can happen and finishing #4 in District 24 and making it this far is truly a major accomplishment


Langham Creek on the other hand really isn't surprising me that much at being a #4 and making it this far. I noticed many had them losing in the 1st round but  I didn't see that happening and I knew the 2nd round game would be close so here we are and when you play in the toughest district in the area, that sometimes helps get you ready for this right here. Langham has been battling with injuries to key players all season, Kaley Perkins, that 6'0 shoot the lights out freshman, is missing from the playoffs however her sister Briley Perkins and Dyani Robinson are two of the areas top sophomores, both are very explosive scorers that can create problems. Dezi White has always been in the mix since I saw her in MS and she and fellow senior, Mariel Wade have definitely stepped up to the occasion, Wade simply went completely off in the previous round and speaking of stepping up, Atlantis White, another talented sophomore, played  solid and as I roll back to the opening paragraph, within herself  so it should be an interesting game tomorrow as District 17 will send two teams to the R-3 F-4

BRACKET

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Jersey Village's Truong twins on fire as Falcons head to E-8


A lot of people don't realize that Jersey Village once was in the mix among teams to beat on the girl's side at the turn of the century as they were led by future Texas stars Nina Norman and Coco Reed, in fact Norman was the first MDAA from the Houston area and that success continued through the years of the Isom sisters, Brittany and Natasha as well as Tracy Ray who ended her HS career at Cy Fair but all were D1 players, wait, legitimate D1 players so the Falcons have been flying high before, so just throwing a little knowledge and history at you in the age of being thrown BS and misinformation but this seasons squad has definitely been exciting to watch all season as they've provided some impressive moments, including defeating Desoto which was ranked very high in the Sandra Meadows Classic and splitting with defending R-3 Champ Cy Ranch, the preseason fave by free magazine and expensive newspapers and they break the tie at the Berry Center on Tuesday in a D-17 doubleheader which also features Langham Creek vs Cy Creek

How awesome was it for Google photos to catch both Kayleigh and Kaylynne Truong's pics annd animate them but after Seven Lakes jumped out to an 8-2 run fueled Brooke Biggot, Jada Lake and Cassie Hopkins, those talented freshmen of Gia Adams and Brianna Peguero provided the fuel and then the match was scratched by the Truong's and the fire kept burning as they closed out the quarter with an 11-4 run and really never looked back going up by double digits at the half and over 20 after three. I called this game, well hashtagged it #TossUp but once the shots started falling, it was a wrap. Jersey Village opened the game going small which definitely worked out in the long run as Kyla and Jade Collins, also twins, provided serviceable minutes on both ends and Michelle Macintyre definitely got the fans going after her 3 which shows it truly takes a Village and in this case, a Jersey Village as they brought a crowd

ROAD TO MERRELL

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Few surprises after opening round in R-3 6A


I guess everyone wants parity in sports, it makes in interesting and if you want to spin that as what the game has become, well there you go however I don't look at it that way and we'll revisit that later but there was definitely no surprise at at D-17 sweeping D-18 in the opening round, Cy Fair has been one of if not the toughest district in the area most of this century, I ain't just start saying that, it's documented over and over and over

I guess the question is will they have two teams representing the district in the Regional semifinals, that could be interesting because both Cy Ranch and Jersey Village have tougher games to get there than probably Cy Creek and Langham Creek but with Alvin defeating Pearland, although unlikely, it's possible they won't even have a team in the seimi's but again that's unlikely. I said there were double digit teams capable of winning R-3 6A so out of the 16 left, I still feel that the upsets are not over

ROUND 2 GAMES 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

GPR Monday Doubleheader @ Alief Taylor

I'm ready for the action to begin as , one more time, this is the most wide open R-3 race in 6A I've seen this  decade, well this century because I still believe over 10 teams can get hot at the right time and do some damage. After watching Atacocita and Hightower early in the year at FBISD Tournament, they both had a little of everything to make a run as well as Cy Ranch, the defending R-3 champions. Clear Springs is always in the hunt , that pressure continues to create problems for many squads and Westside and Pearland, both with injuries early, definitely had a legitimate shot at being sleepers. Seven Lakes is in the midst of yet another run but the bottom line is several other teams could got hot at the right time and head to state and one of the hottest right now is that explosive Cy Creek squad so we'll see

I haven't seen the Chronicle post the playoff parings, maybe tomorrow or the day of the game, who knows but I'll be at Alief Taylor for a double header on Monday between Katy vs Ridgepoint at 6pm and Travis vs Katy Taylor at 7:30 and again D-17 has shown that they are one of, if not the toughest district in the area could be on it's way to sending two teams to the regional semifinals

Friday, February 9, 2018

District's 17 vs 18 should be interesting to say the least


The Cy Creek Cougars , #1 in D-17, definitely have a shot to go deep in the playoffs with that high powered freshmen back court of Kyndall Hunter and Rori Hunter, two of the best freshmen guards in Texas and a couple of players I called D-1 locks when they were around 10 or 11 years old and also eyeing to make a run is defending R-3 champion and runner-up Cy Ranch led by one of the state's top PG's D"Asia Collins and super athletic Jala Buster. The toughest district in the area's top two squads open against Lamar and Heights respectively while #3 Jersey Village and the Truong twins, you know who Kaylyne and Kayleigh are now I guess take on runner-up Bellaire while Langham Creek and their talented sophomore duo of Dyani Robinson and Briley Perkins are the 4th place team that has to go against Westside who won their district, I called Westside a sleeper earlier in te season but injuries have hurt both them and Bellaire, keep in mind I haven't seen them in district play but this could be interesting as Langham Creek, who has also battled nagging injuries from key players, definitely have the firepower, along with Jersey Village, to pull off a sweep for 17. Always remember two things, I'm a basketball genius but that means absolutely nothing because the game is played on the court and let the ball bounce where it may



Berry Center
6 pm - Langham Creek (@LanghamWbb) vs Westside
7:30 pm - Cypress Creek (@CyCreekGBB) vs Lamar

HISD's Delmar Fieldhouse
6 pm - Jersey Village (@Jvhsgirlsbball) vs Bellaire
7:30 pm - Cypress Ranch (@CyRanchGBB) vs Heights

Friday, February 2, 2018

Lauren O'Connell closing out JUCO career with a BANG at Eastern Wyoming College

There is nothing more pleasurable for me to receive a call from a college coach praising a player I told them about years ago and when he told me how Lauren O'Connell put on a shooting exhibition against them, I wasn't surprised because I saw her drop 8 or more threes before HS, on both public and private HS teams and in club basketball against some of the states top defenders so closing out her Junior College career at Eastern Wyoming in the fashion she's showing is not catching me with my feet crossed on defense, hopefully you gt that

Yeah she could always shoot the long ball but her ability to score multiple ways and her defense just kept getting better and dropping over 30 points in multiple games this season and having another with 22 in the first half going 6-6 from BTA has me beaming with glee because this young lady definitely knows how to put the ball in the basket. Two years ago I was bragging about this young lady, two years later she's proven herself and hers a little video of O'Connell as she's looking for the next chapter in her accomplished career

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Norwood adding spark for Ranchview in District 10 race


Raygan Norwood has battled nagging injuries and changing of venues however there is no doubt that once she was able to play, she's be ready to contribute and that she has to the Ranchview Lady Wolves. Averaging just under 10 ppg and almost 7 rpg, the talented guard's defense sometimes goes unnoticed however her added heat has them trailing only Lincoln in District 10

I love player's that play the passing lane and her energy on both ends also has had a trickling down affect as this team has been on the move of late. I'll have more on the UNSIGNED guard coming up as the season progresses so stay tuned

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Kennerson and Harris blowing up at next level #GPRUnderTheRadar no more

There are few things more pleasurable to me than saying I told you so, especially in this mess of girl's basketball and some may not like what I say or write, it doesn't matter because I will always say what I think regardless of who likes it and what Joyce Kennerson ( Texas Southern)  and Jasmyne Harris (U of H) are doing in college has me beaming from ear to ear and for a couple of kids who were basically " Under The Radar" nationally,  well not mine because I'd been talking about them before they were even high school stars, make no mistakes I'm a GENIUS at spotting talent early and the hundreds of players I've been right about, including my own daughter .......

Last season was simply a blast for Kennerson as she helped lead TSU to the NCAA Tournament going completely off  winning MVP honors and I recall a college coach saying she was too small to play for them, my response was SIZE DON'T MATTER if you can play but ironically that same coach called me a week later saying "someone" had referred another PG and I told him, that girl is smaller than Joyce, just lose my number coach, he also lost his job based on the other kid but anyway I respect others opinions but I know what I'm talking about and Kennerson is leading the nation in scoring NCAA scoring leaders read more


What can I say about Jasmyne Harris as she has simply outdone herself for the Cougars. The straw that stirs the drink, the glue that holds it together, the player I called a "can't miss" is on target and what she's doing on center stage was already predetermined a long time ago. Smooth as silk, size and athleticism yet relatively unknown, that is unless you grasped what I had been saying years ago, was just named ESPN Player Of The Week and you know it's amazing how time has flown and I've watched the game change right before my eyes, so much nonsense popping up year after year but always remember, it's not what you do, it's who you do it against as well as who's watching you do it and hopefully they know what they're looking at  ESPN article 

Monday, December 18, 2017

Video highlights from 2017 PassThaBall #HoopAHolics


There's nothing like seeing young talented players coming up and although I only caught glimpses of Florida State vs Texas yesterday, two of their biggest stars were called can't misses and I even gave them nicknames before they even played middle school basketball. Florida State's AJ Alix (The Real Deal) and Texas' Brooke McCarty ( The Chosen One) and although the nickname I gave my own daughter, Daddy's Baby, had nothing to do with her showing great hands and reflexes slapping the  nurse after she slapped her wrist to get blood the day she was born but I knew things would fall into place

As you can see from the picture, there were plenty of players and let me through an amendment that there were plenty of VERY TALENTED PLAYERS so later today, I'm dropping a huge Tip Sheet but here's a TIP, everyone in attendance got evaluated and will be on Twitter so you can follow me and check that out @girlzprepreport  while the Tip Sheet itself will be on girlzprepreport.com but check out some f the highlights below from the "Mixed Tape Queen" herself and stay tuned

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

2022 Iyanna McCown on fire over the weekend #GPRUnderTheRadar


Sometimes I'm just in the right place at the right time and when I first caught Iyanna McCown she was only in the 4th grade and she definitely left a lasting impression. I've seen the talented 2020 player in numerous setting and yes she has attended the PassThaBall HoopAHolics camp however over the weekend, she was doing a little something different, helping lead her MS squad to the championship game, in which they won, as she averaged over 17 ppg in the 3 games including the game winner



Monday, December 11, 2017

2021 Raven Adams proving me RIGHT AGAIN #GPRUnderTheRadar


What better way than to close out a trip from the Dallas area covering PassThaBall's #HoopAHolics than talk about one of it's previous stars who's already impressing coaches at the next level. Raven Adams caught my eye even before HoopAHolics , I guess the 4th or 5th grade and I generally knack for observing young talent , well I ain't been wrong yet, and let me say this, with Adams, te streak continues as the Ridgepoint HS freshman is starting her HS career off with a bang, so lets take a peek

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Cy Ranch wins 2017 Katy Phillips 66 Tournament

Cy Ranch has and continues to be one of the areas top teams and the started off being ranked the #2 in the state by TABC however I knew they lost a lot, I knew there would be a different look and I also knew that other teams were pretty good as well and the main thing is you had to be the best team on the floor that particular game and keep in mind the Mustangs have already lost a couple of game this season, one to defending state champion Duncanville in the Texas Invitational and one to Katy a couple of weeks ago, I don't think there's a deeper team in the Houston area and they would have to be the favorites on paper but trust me, this is the widest open I have ever seen the region and as many as twelve could conceivably get hot at the right time and make a run

When you talk about getting hot at the right time, you got plenty go to players, Jayla Buster signed with South Alabama, she brings so much heat on both ends and she just came off an All Tournament performance in that Texas Invitational event plus the inside performance from Kween Jean just keeps getting better but those two seniors along with fellow senior Mariah Thomas understand what it will take to back to state and if anyone truly understands it's Tournament MVP D'Asia Thomas who knows and has always known #sizedontmatter "if you can play" and :the game has and always will start at the the one" and she is putting on performance after performance flirting with double and triple doubles all season. Shira Patton and Shadiya Thomas rounded out the All Tournament players for the Mustangs and they are both a couple of the best sophomores in Texas so the nucleus as well as talented players from off the bench will make them hard to beat, but again, anything can happen

2019 Claire Hale opening up season strong for Brandeis HS #GPRUnderTheRadar


I remember driving to a tournament to see Claire Hale play and in the previous game she had suffered a minor injury which was somewhat noticeable and before the game I told her that if she couldn't play, don't worry because I'd catch her another time and her response was " no, I'm playing" and play she did going off for a triple double and that's how the story starts. Well actually it doesn't because I had seen her play the previous season but the jump she made in that short time was tremendous

Now the talented junior is showing even more improvement for Brandeis HS starting the season off powerful with several double-doubles already including a 19/11 in a district opener against a very talented Stephens squad so @ClaireHale_12 is completing the next level package in more ways than one since not only is she excelling on the court but in the classroom as well and to top it off, she plays in the violin in the school orchestra and with that, I'll close with "stay tuned"

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

2021 Gracee Smith opens up HS career with a bang #GPRUnderTheRadar


First look at Gracee Smith was was short one however when you're as good as I am, i guess the phrase "It doesn't take me long" certainly would apply to this because when you comprehend the game and have skills at a young age, things just fall into place. Over this past club season, Smith moved to a team a little close to her home in Arcadia Missouri, the SE Dynasty and although I didn't catch up with her personally, the video on the 2021 Under The Radar player spoke volumes as I could definitely see the improvement

Last night the Arcadia High freshman opened up her varsity career, flirting with a triple double as she dropped 23 points, pulled down seven rebounds and passed out eight assists but trust me, this young lady is nowhere near the finished product and that falls right back to the comprehension and skills statement I mad to open this up. I'll be keeping a close on eye on this young lady over her career as she has all the tools to do some pretty big things