Monday, November 30, 2015

Duchesne Big Three clicking in win over Westbury Christian #GirlsTXJamboree

This game started out like it was going to be a Westbury Christian blowout however Duchesne turned things around quickly and won 53-48

Duchesne's  senior Gabby Castillo is one of the most improved players in the area and she was simply on fire from downtown, uptown and even out of town as she led all scorers with 23 points. Her talented sophomore sister, Alex, blew me away a couple of years ago as I watched her drop 8 or 9 threes in a game, she's poised beyond her years and added 17 while junior Illya Babineaux, who has become more muscular and when you combine that with her skill set, she's showing legitimate D1 inside moves at 6'3 added a double-double which included 12 points.The supporting cast played well and contributed to their victory

Emer Nichols was solid on the inside for Westbury Chrsitian, she and talented point guard Marissa Banfield led their squad with 15 points each, Nichols, along with Tyra Cormie, Laura Daulton and Mia Perkins when she returns, give the Wildcats one of the most talented front lines in the state so this will be a different looking team when they are 100%. Natalie Hamilton was solid, Lea Salibi showed she could nail the .long range, this will help open things up on the inside but always remember the game starts at the one and Banfield is everything and more that I thought she was going be at 10


Cy Springs closing gap in win over SATCH #GirlsTXJamboree

The good news is that this is one of the best Cy Springs teams I've seen in a very long time,the bad news is they play in the absolute toughest district in the area however they are capable of pulling off some key upsets in their quest for the playoffs. SATCH on the other hand is still very competitive after Anna McCleod has moved on plus they have some new additions to their squad which never quit as they fought to the very end in their 56-48 loss to the Panthers

Speaking of new additions, 6'4 Carma Nicola is a senior that has her best basketball ahead of her however the improvement I see each time she's on the court is just scary on what she could become. Freshmen D' Anna West and  Tiffany Mack, who is is 6'2 are great additions to this senior heavy team and wen you combine them Tia Tolbert and Kierra Flowers, this could be the team to beat in the district in a couple of years. Big game for Toraya Bass who led all scorers with 16, Tolbert added 10 while Tasia Hayes was definitely solid at the one

The Mavericks have added a couple of key players in Victoria Shelton and Anna Jackson, Shelton is explosive off of the dribble, gets to the rim at ease and big ups to Lydia Hulin who was almost everywhere on both ends. SATCH was without Megan Miller who simply adds another element to the talented team and Krystal Jackson is back from an injury and once she's 100% her 73 inches will come in handy. The Schenck sisters, Madison and Mikayla, do so many things that don't appear in the box score however their 15 and 14 points respectively gives you an idea

The Schenck sisters and Tia Tolbert made the Under The Radar Tip Sheet


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Lake Travis impressive in win over Legacy Christian #GirlsTXJamboree

Lake Travis was without their leading scorer, Aspen Howie, while Beaumont Legacy Christian was without Alexis Morris, one of the top players in the 2017 class who happened to make the USA team so I was thinking based on who the Cavaliers had, this would get ugly quick after seeing Legacy Christian last season. To be honest, this was a good game even though Lake Travis rotated everyone in evenly they won 45-34, Mandy Karako is a nightmare to guard, she led all scorers with 15, Nikkie and Natalie Paxton as well as Kaylie Kirkpatrick are all solid players and I'd love to see them with their full roster but I was also pleased with the continuous progression from Jordan Ott who made the Under The Radar Tip Sheet


Even though Morris was missing, I enjoyed Jean'Na McClelland operating on the floor, she led her squad with 14 while Marli Lemons and Alex Westbrook brought some heat. Danielle Soileua is athletic and long, plus she's close to "the magic number" and with her wingspan she's definitely over six feet. Allura Wilkes is one of those players I had to find out what their name was since she did a few things that definitely caught my eye. When I found out she too was a freshman, that was simply icing on the cake as her upside and potential definitely have her on my radar

Yates holds off Chavez #GirlsTXJamboree

Yates and Chavez proved to be a competitive game as both teams had energetic and athletic guards and wings while each had a little size to go along with it. This game was tight until Yates pulled away at the end winning 49-38

YATES- Amari Albrow led all scorers with 17 scoring multiple ways while Derrian Smith did a good job running the one and keeping everyone involved. La Asia Baker and Rebecca Williams brought and applied pressure, this team is very scrappy. On top of that, their two bigs, Monet Dixon and Morghan Taylor were serviceable on the inside

CHAVEZ-Naomi Ferdinand is in a lot of pictures. probably because she was everywhere and the 6'0 senior led her team withh 16 points. Solid guard play across the board for Chavez, especially from Amber Scott and Kristie Mejia, Avrion Edwards can create problems at 6'0 while 6'1 Sylvia Ramos is only a sophomore but doesn't mind contact in the paint

Under The Radar stars shine in #GirlsTXJamboree

Jordan Ott

Although the weather was ugly outside, the talent made up for it inside at Westbury Christian High School where the Girls Texas Jamboree was held. I'll break down each of the five games, I saw enough of Bellaire in the fifth game to know that right now they're the best team in HISD and when they get back to full strength, add them to the list of legitimate contenders to represent R3 6A

Right now, I'll give you an UNDER THE RADAR Tip Sheet

Madison and Mikayla Schenck

Madison Schenck (SATCH) at six feet, she simply does so many things well on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. She makes smart decisions, can handle the ball under pressure in the open court and can hit the mid and long range with ease. The UNSIGNED senior is a steal, this young lady keeps adding to her game and won't quit on you

Marissa Banfield 

Marissa Banfield (Westbury Christian) Loved her game when she was 10 playing a couple of years up, I knew what was going to happen and as usual I'm correct. The main job of a point guard is to make her teammates better, run the offense and not make bad decisions, well she can do all of that plus take a game over when needed

Tia Tolbert


Tia Tolbert (Cy Springs) Tolbert's aggressiveness on both ends keeps getting better, I saw that begin to improve over the summer however I'm loving her ability to create off the dribble and finish strong taking contact. Mid and long range, check and double check. Perimeter defense has gotten better, in fact she loves playing it

Mikayla Schenck (SATCH) Watching this young lady in the open court is blowing me away, well that and her NBA range but what I like even more about what she's improving on, no it's playing the passing lanes, it's her ability to set defenders up to take them off the dribble and with her length and ability to catch and shoot......

Jordan Ott (Lake Travis) One of my favorite players to see before I actually saw her live. I caught a glimpse of Ott in a video and I was scratching my head and over the past two seasons, she's gone from just being good to really good and on the verge of taking it even further. Great size, she knows how to score and when to score and creates match-up problems galore

Saturday, November 28, 2015

UNSIGNED Madison Schenck one of players to watch #GirlsTXJamboree

2016 Madison Schenck has started of the season on a tear with SATCH and I expected nothing less. The 6'0 star has been a player I observed since she was in the 8th grade wen she was only a back to the basket player however hard work and determination has not only elevated her game to where she can handle the ball in the open court, under pressure, as well as nail the mid and long range with ease and rebound on both ends while play defense, inside or on the perimeter.


The Under The Radar Schenck is just one of many bright stars I'll catch today at the Texas Jamboree

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Bush comes up short this time #FBISDTournament

Bush hung with the defending R3 representative Rudder in the 3rd place game of the FBISD Tournament and remember my saying "it's not what you do, it's who you do it against". After handling Crosby, a team I had ahead of the 5A area schools, to get to the semi's the Broncos had a tough one against champion Dekaney and lost by 12 to Rudder in the 3rd place game but by that same token, they only lost to defending 6A champ Cy Woods earlier in the season by 7

You have a lot of talent on this team, Daizha Norris put on one of the best shooting exhibitions I saw all summer, 8 threes, 3 long twos with her foot on the line and this included a fade-away 35 footer to send the game into overtime so with that being said, you get the picture. I had a better picture of what Tamera Gulley could do over the summer, she was solid and consistent while Emily Casler definitely showed she could get it done in the paint on both ends.

I love the energy from both India Lloyd and Beatrice Miller, they played well in the semi's and give the Broncos another look which will be even brighter when another talented player I saw big things coming from returns and that's Asia Nolan who has had some untimely injuries but she can play too. I'll catch Bush again, don't be surprised if they're at Campbell Center

2015 Texas Invitational All Tournament team

Yep I stole the picture and it's worth more than a thousand words

MVP: Ciera Johnson, Duncanville
Zarielle Green, Duncanville
Chasity Patterson, North Shore
Megan Valdez-Crader, San Antonio
Brennan Ashlynn Dunbar, Clear Falls
Lexi Rich, San Antonio
Madison DiDi Richards, Cy Ranch
Nancy Mulkey, Cy Woods
Cierra Lane, Pearland

Ja’Carria Ferrell, North Crowley

Rudder still talented and explosive #FBISDTournament

The Lady Rangers of Rudder didn't catch my eye late last season simply because I knew several players on the team, including the Suber twins and the Daily sisters and had watched them play since middle school so it definitely wasn't a surprise at seeing them making a state title run and even though they fell short they still have several ingredients remaining to do it again

Kiana Suber iced the regional final last season from the line, she and her twin sister Brianna bring plenty of heat both offensively and defensively and as athletic and acrobatic as they are, they keep adding to their games. Megan Daily could always shoot the three, she's shooting at a higher percentage while her sister Trisha Daily brings so much pressure on defense while still handling pressure to run the team and scoring when needed

While the older Daily sisters ate seniors, more are coming starting with freshman Trecee who it seems like I've been knowing even before she was in school, I'm serious the more I think about it I'm pretty close. I was super impressed with her poise as she stepped out on the floor and handled the heat and I already know what type of talent she possesses after catching her in club ball and I can't wait to see her and the baby, Precious, go to work in a couple of years

Deyesha Wilbert is long and athletic, a shade under the magic number and definitely will create problems all season while Kiara Benford and Tieshton Thompson fill in many of the blanks without any let up when they're on the floor so I wouldn't be surprised to see this talented group at Campbell Center again making another run


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Hightower has enough heat to get it done down stretch #FBISDTournament

Hightower is one of the few teams from the area that have made it to the state tournament multiple times, they made it in 2003 and 2010 so based on the 7 year gap, technically they're supposed to go next season and trust me, they have a solid class of juniors that also make them a favorite next season however senior guards Reyna Ammons, Maddison Glass and Rachel Brown are battle tested and want to go out with a bang.

Good to see Lenecia Mitchell back, she had star written all over her when she was in middle school and is showing no ill effects from an injury, she just makes things happen. Jasmine Harvey could always shoot the three, nothings changed but the explosiveness from Treazure Mouton on the offensive end definitely has gone up

Mouton's length and change of direction gives her definite advantage as her midrange game continues to improve, Eneily Rodriguez was huge off the bench for Hightower giving them an added boost offensively and guard Taylor Howard will simply give them yet another dimension when she returns. The Hurricanes were runner-up at this seasons Fort Bend ISD Tournament

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Dekaney defeats Cy Ranch

I expected a battle and in the first quarter it was as Dekaney's Jaelyn Richard-Harris and Cy Ranch Deauzya Richards were hitting baskets and the quarter ended with Richards dropping a 30 footer to cut Dekaney's lead to 2. In the second quarter, Richard's had to leave after a hard foul and Dekaney simply went on many runs, ignited by Richard-Harris and when you factor in the supporting cast of Jasmine Smith and Makeeda Collins plus Kene Hamilton and Keishawna Scott,, they simply started opening the game up. Big ups to the two sophs I didn't see in the summer, they seem to be getting better every game

Ariana Whitfield is coming off a three for all at the Texas Invitational where I think she tied or set a record for threes, I can't remember but I do remember that this team is better than played yesterday. Rachel Tapps was on the end and it appeared her head was over the rim, this is the athleticism she possesses and the UTEP star is finally healthy and ready to make things happen. A key ingredient missing is D'Asia Collins, game starts at the one and she's one of the best sophomore points in Texas so when she returns, this team will be different

Richards was able to return however the Mustangs just couldn't put together enough to get back in it. Taylor Coleman and Alyssa Guerrero are definitely serviceable in this system, new additions Jalie Burkhalter and Jala Buster will pay dividends when it counts and if this team stays healthy, I'm standing by what I said earlier that they are definitely one of the teams to beat in Region 3

Texas State's Taeler Deer receives honors after going OFFFFFFF

Taeler Deer made the transition from Channelview High School's basketball team to on the court with Texas State last season smoothly as she averaged over 7 ppg as a freshman however her 32 point outburst against North Texas last week was good enough to have her named College Sports Madness Mid-Major National Player Of The Week. Check out the link below


Monday, November 23, 2015

U of H wins thriller against Louisiana Lafayette

All I can say is "what a game"


Dekaney hosts Cy Ranch today after #FBISDTournament title

Senior leadership definitely is playing a part in Dekaney's success as they have played several of the heavy hitters already this season. The host another, Cy Ranch, at 1pm, Lil Mama told I don't wanna miss it so I'm trying to be there

Dekaney was impressive over the weekend winning the Fort Bend Tournament


Duncanville wins #TXInvitational

Zay Green is one of the top 18's and Cierra Johnson one of, if not the best post in the 2016 class help lead the Pantherettes to the Texas Invitational Championship


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Katy Taylor putting it together #FBISDTournament

It's now how you start, it's how you finish and I expect Katy Taylor to put it all together in district because they are definitely showing signs. Delaney Ferguson and Victoria Ukoh can do damage in the paint, both are just under 6'0 but I truly like the upside of 6'3 freshman, Pam Igbowke, a young lady that it just occurred to me I saw late in the summer which even impresses me more on the jump she's made. Loren Ramos, Tristin Scherpereel and Alayna O'Connor  are all capable scorers

Macy Ray is one of the top sophs in the state, she can average over 20 ppg if she wanted however she understands that to win she needs to get everyone involved and she does a good job of that because she still puts up numbers in the flow. I hadn't seen Taylor, I'll get another lake next month in the Katy Tournament

Hastings wins #FBISDTournament Consolation

I tweeted I knew Hastings would be not only athletic but would get after it and that's exactly what they do. Tia Jones goes after everything in the paint, loved the pressure from Ahmir West and Tatiyanni Riley in the backcourt and Kai-Lee Valentine did what I've seen few females do in a high school game and that's catch the ball going out of bounds, do a 180 in the air and pass for an assist, well almost an assist but the pass was definitely a highlight. She also showed she could score from mid and long range which was a good sign

Another good sign was to see Ashley Moore on the court, she also plays volleyball, something I know absolutely nothing about but I do know basketball, I do know she's over 6'0 and I do know she's a D1 player, I don't care what anyone else says or thinks, you can trust me on this one. She does things you can't teach and when you can do things instinctively, well let me describe one play. She's under the goal, Hastings has the ball stolen at the top of the key. She races down the court, blocks the lay-up and outruns everyone for a lay-up back on the other one, thank me later, she's a gift

College Station definitely has talent #FBISDTournament

I can honestly say I didn't recognize Keaton Sayers since her hair was darker but I knew exactly who Kasey Jo Hinton was, her hair is red and both definitely are going to give a boost to College Station this season. Jalie Smith can shoot the midrange while Sydney Johnson definitely showed range but Sayers and Hinton are a couple of players that can punish you inside on both ends

Raven Manley is an explosive guard, good speed and athleticism and can guard on the perimeter while Raenett Hughes has the ability to simply jump over defenders. Although undersized, she is a fighter and gets it done on both ends and can put up numbers quickly

Jersey Village advances to Consolation semis #FBISDTournament

Jersey Village has a chance to win more games this season than the previous two seasons combined and much of that has to do with the Truong twins, freshmen Kayleigh and Kaylynne. I used to be able to tell  them apart as one shot the three more while the other attacked acrobatically more however unless they're changing their uniforms during timeouts, I really can''t tell them apart on or off the court, well off the court I can because one is a little taller

As explosive and talented as the twins are, big ups to the whole team and new coach for turning this once dominant program around, I'm not going to get into specifics but I'm happy the youngsters are in a much better situation. Another set of twins, Kyla and Kyra Collins are talented sophomores, Kyla s long and athletic and a shade under the magic number, that's 6'0 folks while Kyra is simply everywhere on the floor bringing heat on both end. It's always good to have multiple three point shooters and Meghan Hoang and Michelle Macintyre definitely add to list of long range scorers

Saturday, November 21, 2015

#TXInvitational Gold showdown

In one of the more interesting bracket plays I've see in the Texas Invitational, the Final 4 for the GOLD has been set and North Shore takes on Brennan while Duncanville battles Seven Lakes


Three teams from the toughest district in the area battle in the SILVER




Friday, November 20, 2015

Duncanville in "Driver's Seat" #TXInvitational

Duncanville has and always will be one of those teams that simply find ways to get it done and when you have a group of players that "understand the game" and "know their roles" you have some of the main ingredients for success. It also helps when you have players that simply get after it baseline to baseline for 40, well 32 minutes and it doesn't hurt when you have a couple BCS kids on the squad

I've been a Zay Green fan since she was wondering why I was taking her picture when she was I guess in the 6th grade yet I knew she would be among the top 2018 players in the country, she definitely is. I also knew Cierra Johnson (Louisville) would be a BCS player, simply because of her height and physique back when she was in the 9th and usually when I know something it happens.

Johnson has exceeded what I thought she would do, much of that has to do with her leadership qualities displayed last season as she took charge and was vocal on the court however what I saw in her yesterday assures me of what she'll be able to do at the next level as her game has definitely gone to another level

With easy wins under their belt on yesterday, the Pantherettes face a talented Cy Fair team today however they will be one of the teams in the GOLD division. Cy Ranch has Brennan, they too appear headed to the GOLD. North Shore faces Clear Springs who were upset by a much improved from a week ago Cy Falls squad. Falls actually gave the Mustangs all they could handle for most of the opening game on yesterday so this could be interesting if it comes down to a tie breaker and the other showdown has Seven Lakes vs Cy Woods, winner advancing to GOLD



Wednesday, November 18, 2015

UNSIGNED Lauren O'Connell erupts for St Agnes in win

In what seems like has been a lifetime ago happens to be around four years but my initial sighting of Lauren O'Connell dropping deep threes definitely caught my eyes. Over the years, she has shown that she's more than just a player that can nail a wide open three, her ability to catch and shoot and create to the hit the midrange sold me that she can play college ball

Ironically a coach called me yesterday and asked could she play in their league and my response "she can help you right mow" as in this very moment so he told me he was going to see her and what a game he saw as she dropped 30 in St Agnes win against Lamar last night on a variety of shots from numerous spots on the court

UNSIGNED Jada Felder ready to ignite this weekend #FBISDTourney

Jada Felder has always been one of those players I enjoyed watching because no matter if it was school or club ball, her team was up or down big, she always plays the same, hard and smart. Let me take it a step further, one of the many Tip Sheets I mentioned her on, I said "Jada Felder can play multiple positions, quite well" and basically that sums it up because the Kempner star brings heat and I'm talking about both ends on a consistent basis

Felder, who dropped 19 last night against Clements, is definitely ready for this weekend's Fort Bend ISD Tournament as they open up against Memorial. I'll be at Wheeler all day Saturday and click the link below for the bracket, of yeah, today's her birthday so HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!!!!!