Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Ozen didn't make as well as several others who got knocked off early but here's a chance to relive some of the highlights. If you ever had any second thoughts about seeing is believing, be sure to watch Nekia Jones handle the ball
The Chargers won't have to replace much as others as they lose three seniors, one of them being the athletic Aaliyah Brown who at 5'8 at times appeared as if she was 6 inches taller. Other than that, Brooke McCarty will be a junior while Courtney Latham, Kaylin Roher and Jo Lira will be seniors and they are seasoned veterans who will have something to prove
Another senior, Ryshinique Ball, was a bright spot in the playoffs and performed adequately during the season when she was in the starting lineup due to injuries to various players. With a squad like that, the Chargers will be in the mix once again and although I haven't studied the realignment it's possible they could be in their 3rd straight R3 F-4
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
I never met Nate Parham however we started talking online during the Texas A&M run last season and it's always refreshing to chat with someone who truly understands not only basketball but breaking down the little things. He did a story on two of the best players in the country, Moriah Jefferson and Alexis Jones, both from Texas and both with bright futures ahead at the next level
Both have the "it" factor I look at in guards, well point guards to be more specific. You have those who can basically run your offense while protecting the ball, those who are often referred to as the "Iverson" types which shoot first pass later but I've always been impressed with those who could not only take over games but make their teammates better just by being on the floor. Jones proved just that while playing for her dad in club ball the past two seasons, in fact summer before last, the Lady Cardinals were giving some of the heavy hitters all they could handle.
While she was playing on one of the US teams this summer her club team was only average showing what a difference one player of her caliber could actually make. Jefferson on the other hand did the same thing with her home school team, THESA, who competed with some of the top programs in the state and often came away victorious. Although I give the edge to Jones as being the better of the two, Jefferson has kept adding things to her game and over the past summer with the #1 club team, DFW T-Jack, she actually put that star studded team on her back several times resulting in victories
You never know how this stuff will turn out at the next level as players games are changed to fit different systems however these young ladies have truly left a lasting impression with me as being two of the best players I have ever seen
Wanna see some exciting and entertaining college basketball? Then head on over to the Merrell Center to see if McNeese State will defend their title. What's at stake is a trip to the "Big Dance"
Tuesday, March 6
Women's Quarterfinals: Noon, 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
Friday, March 9
Tuesday, March 6
Women's Quarterfinals: Noon, 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 8Women's Semifinals: Noon, 2:30 p.m.
Friday, March 9
Women's Championship, 7 p.m.
SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
St Pius has had their share of ups and down this season however it appears they have now come together and they are one game away from playing for a state championship
First things first as they have a tall order to face in Bishop Lynch featuring 6'4 freshman sensation Ashley Hearn
Here's the schedule for all the area private school teams
Tasia Forman was simply unstoppable the first go round and those who had a chance to witness the first meeting saw they have more that Davenport in their arsenal
DUNCANVILLE HAS EYE ON PRIZE
Monday, February 27, 2012
In my preseason poll, Dekaney was one of the lowest ranked teams out of the ten I figured that had a shot at being the best in the area. They lost on opening day to North Shore and haven't been defeated since then which translates into a 39 game winning streak. Along the way, they have knocked off some heavy hitters, defeating Hightower and Manvel in the Fort Bend ISD Tournament while taking care of both Clear Springs and Cy Falls at home, not to mention a team I thought that had a chance to get them in the playoffs, Desoto. Based on the pairings, the next major obstacle they could possibly face is Duncanville who I called the best team I've seen all season. Before that happens, Dekaney has to beat San Antonio Reagan and the Panthers have to beat the Cy Falls Eagles again but that in itself might not be as easy as it was the first time
More on the Dekaney vs San Antonio Reagan match-up
STATE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
It was senior day at Hofheinz Pavilion as Roxana Button and Michelle White were honored before the game
Kayli Keough led the Knights with 17 points, followed by Andrea Hines with 11 and a double-double from Aisha Patrick, 10 pts 11 reb
This game also marked the return of Westfield great Gervenia Carter who came in and helped ignite a rally with a steals and assists. Carter joined Tyesha Jackson and Takia Starks as Top 100 players from Westfield who was one of the top teams in the area for a very long time
Speaking of former hometown stars, Porsche Landry was scheduled to be honored with Button and White however she is one of the Cougars that has been sidelined with injuries. With Landry coming back, the addition of the incoming class and the players who are in place, the Cougars could wind up surprising many and may be close to a Top 25 squad next season
Barbers Hill pulled off one of the most memorable upsets in Regional history. Not only did they win, they won in a big way against the #1 ranked team in the state who was also undefeated, Beaumont Ozen. The question is can they do it against Mansfield Summit on Thursday? If they beat the top team in the state the way they did, well that's your answer.
More on the match-up
Here's the schedule for the state tournament
Sunday, February 26, 2012
You never know how things are going to work out in basketball, this applies to every level you play along the way. When you transfer, especially in your high school senior season, that has got to be hard when you consider you're leaving behind friends you have known most of your life along with players you have developed a bond with not to mention going into a situation that could be hostile and non receptive. All of these challenges could have been there when Loryn Goodwin arrived at Cy Falls however none of them came of up. I wondered how well she would fit in, my questions were addressed opening day
THESE EAGLES ARE NOT READY TO LAND
She has given them the lost offense and rebounds missing from last seasons starting lineup plus another guard that can attack the basket at will. Cy Falls two losses this season are to Duncanville and Dekaney, both by single digits and both teams are in state representing their regions. Tomorrow the match-ups will be posted and trust me, Cy Falls is playing one of them off the top while the other will probably make it to the finals. If that's the case, the Eagles will have a chance to avenge both losses but until then, they will celebrate their championship as just another GOOD-WIN !!!
Check out the story EAGLES GET IT DONE
66-39 is what I probably would have expected if the only question I asked was what the final score was. I did not expect Barbers Hill to win this game, in fact when they played Clear Falls on Friday night, with a break here and there, the Eagles might not have even had the chance to play Beaumont Ozen. On the flip side, the Panthers played the best game I saw them play against Manvel who has to be wondering how this would have turned out had they made over half the free throw and layups they missed but I guess I should have seen this coming. I expected the Eagles to be playing the Mavericks, Ozen did not look good against Summer Creek and did not play well against Huntsville, yet they did look like a state contender most of the game against Manvel
Barbers Hill on the other hand was not overly impressive against Clear Falls even though Kendall Shaw went completely off scoring almost half their points. I said Manvel wasn't Summer Creek when they got ready to play Ozen and by no means is Clear Falls Ozen however the Eagles plan was to simply play their own game and evidently the did it to perfection. Why am I saying evidently? It's because I omitted this game because I didn't want to see a blowout, especially when it was an hour and a half gap between games yet a blowout by a hands down underdog is something I'm sorry I missed however I'm sure some of my friends will supply video. The "Big Three" of Shaw, Shannon Evans and Mackenzie May have played a huge role in the success of Barbers Hill, Shaw the 6'4 dominating post, Evans the point guard that's able to keep the team calm and get the ball to the right people, which is where May came in. The Chronicle has her down for 25, other writers from the game have her scoring as many as 30, I don't know but whichever number you want to pick, she played a huge part in the Eagles flying to Austin.
Barbers Hill pulled off a MAJOR upset in defeating Ozen 66-39
Cy Falls withheld a ferocious never say quit Elsik squad 59-52 and head to Austin for the first time
Dekaney like Cy Falls is heading to Austin for the first time. It's possible Cy Falls will have a chance to avenge their two losses to both Duncanville and Dekaney
My old saying "it's not what you do it's who you do it against" is something many people should take into consideration when ranking a player, comparing skills or just making observations on how good a player is or how great they will be.. I did a story on Dekaney and said Kayla Nevitt was a Top 100 player and it appears the sky is the limit as she has me using another of my favorite sayings and that is "it's not what you do, it's when you do it".
Kayla and older sister Shunta scored 17 and 14 points respectively in leading the Wildcats to their first state tournament winning 47-42. Kayla Nevitt and Jaleesa Chapell nailed free throws down the stretch for the victory.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Dekaney is still rolling after a come from behind victory against Desoto while The Woodlands lost to Garland Sasche, a team Desoto had beaten by over 20 earlier which has me a bit confused. The Woodlands lost to Desoto by only two points earlier in the season so maybe Sasche was missing some players when they played Desoto, I wasn't there but the buzz is Dekaney's heading to state. The match-up between Duncanville and Irving MacArthur should be something special and even though I haven't seen IMAC and I know Alexis Jones is one of the best players I have seen in my life, she dropped 44 last night, the Panthers are the best team I've seen in a long time
Undefeated and ranked #1 in the state, Ozen is supposed to win so Barbers Hill has nothing to lose. If The Eagles lose, they can say they lost to the top team in the state and gave their fans the last game within 100 miles they could see their ladies play. Ozen is loaded, this game shouldn't be close but again, Elsik has shown that you can't count anyone out
Last season Cy Falls was the top rated team in the state when they traveled to Elsik to play the Rams. The left with a victory of close to 30 points which would put fear in the minds of a lot of teams. The problem is Elsik fears no one and two days later in the Katy Tournament, they returned the favor. Those two games were the deciding factors in how there season would end, they beat the number one team in the state so they figured they could beat anyone
Cy Falls look beatable in the first half last night and one thing they can't afford to do is play around with Elsik who unlike North Shore has multiple offensive weapons.
Shannon Evans and Kendall Show have been playing together since before middle school, you may have seen that on the blog once or twice so maybe the third time will be a charm as they run into the #1 team in the state Beaumont Ozen for a chance to represent Region 4 in Austin. To do that won't be an easy task and it is not supposed to happen, neither was Elsik representing Region 3 last season or them defeating Clear Springs last night however I've said this before, once you get to this point, anything is possible
When I say everyone is back, this includes Madison Ruta who led the Lady Knights with 15 points and when you look at how well they did this season along with the fact that Manvel is moving to 5A, Clear Falls may well be in the mix
I knew there would be upsets last night, didn't expect The Woodlands to lose to Sasche however I did think Manvel could pull off the victory against Ozen and even though the game start off with a pace I hoped would continue throughout the night, it didn't and it's didn't. Down 18-15 in the first quarter, Manvel's Jordan Hosey picked up her 2nd foul @ 1:17 and the Mavericks didn't score again during the period and was down 22-15. In fact while Hosey on the bench, the Panthers went on a 12-3 run and extended the lead to 16 at the half
Ozen simply had too much firepower and as bad as they had looked against Summer Creek and Huntsville, last night they looked like the best team on the floor, period. Nekia Jones is simply amazing, she can do so many things on the court that you have never seen a player this size do
Manvel missed too many lay-ups and free throws while committing several unforced turnovers and when you look at the final score, 71-61, you know just how close they are. With Brianna Tuner blocking shots whenever she wanted while elevating over defenders on offense, she and Jordan Hosey still have a couple of years left to do big things for the Mavericks
But for now, Ozen is still undefeated the Panthers and Asia Booker have one more HILL to climb before Austin
Elsik lost to Clear Springs 66-63 in the the Peggy Whitley Classic however neither team had their point guards. Jasmine Ocanas opened the second quarter with a three while Brooke McCarty had numerous steals which led to buckets but again the duo of Elonu and Porter was simply too much to handle as the gap was closed 28-24 at the half, Springs being outscored 11-7 in the quarter which was sort of an omen
Courtney Latham and Jo Ann Lira kept hitting big shots throughout the evening but one thing about this Elsik team is if you let them hang around, more than likely something bad is going to happen, well good if you're a Ram and the defensive pressure from those Rams held Clear Springs to only 4 points in the third quarter and 12 for the second half as the Rams face Cy Falls to see who goes to state. Porter 16 points,12 rebounds combined with Elonu's 14 and 15