Dawson girls get district started with win over Alief Taylor

PEARLAND — Dawson head coach Isabel Gomez knows she has a young team this season, but she refuses to lean on that excuse for the 2016-2017 basketball season.

To prove her point, her hardwood warriors got a decisive win over Alief Taylor 57-22 to open up District 23-6A action.

The Lady Eagles are now 7-8 overall and 1-0 in district as Dawson used a relentless pace to get the lopsided win.

"It's an awesome way to start district," Gomez said. "We're young, and we've tried different things this season, learning a lot in tournament play.

"Now we're in the second part of our season, and hopefully we can continue to improve."

Leading the team this season will be the only seniors, Liz Davis, Jada Rogers, and Taylor Morris.

"Liz is our point guard and one of the captains of the team," Gomez said. "She is a motivator and leads her team well."

Rogers is also another senior that will lead the younger players.

"Jada is our go to girl and captain," Gomez said. "She plays a shooting guard/forward. She can create lots of opportunity for herself and teammates. She is tough on the boards."

"Taylor is strong at penetrating as well as a silent leader on the court," Gomez pointed out. "She has experience with this level of play."

Gomez lists team chemistry and running the floor as the strength of the Lady Eagles this season.

"They have worked real hard in the off-season to get to team play," Gomez said. "We are athletic and we have lots of role players that can be an asset at any given time during the game."

Dawson still needs to develop with finishing and executing on offense and defense as they seed to get better as the season progresses with the ultimate goal of advancing to the post-season.

"Don't let our record fool anyone," Gomez said. "We have played some tough top 25 teams and played very competitive. We just came up short. We have to play all four quarters and then some."

Now that the first step of the season is over, the real season begins in district play that will ultimately send the Lady Eagles to the playoffs.

"At the moment, I believe that Pearland is probably favored to win the district, though they have suffered two major injuries to their two star players," Gomez said. "But Dawson, George Ranch and Alief Hastings will probably be the other top teams."

The Lady Eagles jumped on Taylor in the opening period 16-7 including an early 11-0 scoring run.

Dawson outscored the visitors 9-4 in the second quarter for a 25-11 halftime lead.

It was more of the same in the second half as the Lady Eagles took the third quarter 15-5 and then put the Lady Lions away 17-6 for the lopsided 57-22 score.

Teshuna Lockhart led the way on offense with 12 points while 12 other players got in the scoring column.

"I was impressed with the way we pressed," Gomez said. We make a lot of mistakes, but we're fast and we can run. Everyone is giving 100 percent and I'll take that."