Area Girls Basketball Report
February 10, 2020
February 10, 2020
Friendswood Lady Mustangs
In all probability, the Friendswood Lady Mustangs will close out district with an unblemished 14-0 record. They have already clinched the District 22-5A title.
The only team left in their path of a spotless league mark is Crosby. Friendswood (21-7) beat the Lady Cougars 75-36 in the first round of district action. A win will give the Lady Mustangs a 14-game winning streak.
Friendswood got a hard-fought win over Ball High (8-5) with a 43-35 victory last Friday.
“I knew back in the spring that this was a really talented group,” Friendswood head coach Daron Scott said. “We’ve got several girls who are versatile and can play multiple positions. I thought, defensively, we could really shake some things up. I thought we could get there; it’s just you never really know until you’re in the middle of it.”
The Lady Mustangs only have three seniors on the team this year. They are Nicole Nash, Sami Page, and Bella McElwain who have seen some lean years and are now enjoying the spoils of a rare undefeated district season and championship.
Friendswood used a suffocating defense against the Lady Tors throughout the entire game.
The first quarter ended with the Lady 'Stangs clinging to a 10-9 lead. However, Ball High stayed in the game to give Friendswood a run for the contest.
Leading 24-19 as the second quarter was coming to a close, Ball High's Ari Smith swished a buzzer-beating three-quarter-court 3-pointer to cut the halftime score to 24-22 in favor of the Lady 'Stangs.
Ball High cut the lead to 27-26 in the third period, but Friendswood closed out the frame on a 10-0 run for a 37-26 advantage to set up the final eight minutes of play.
The Lady Tors cut the score to 41-35 with less than a minute to play, but that would be as close as they could get down the stretch with Friendswood coming out on top 43-35.
Ashlyn Ryall led Friendswood with 10 points while adding four rebounds. Ashlyn Mason scored nine points, seven rebounds, and two blocked shots while getting help from McElwain who had six points and eight rebounds. Nash chipped in seven points.
Dawson Lady Eagles
The Dawson Lady Eagles got a last-second, game-winning shot from Sarolyn Charles giving the Lady Eagles a 47-46 clutch win over the George Ranch Lady Longhorns.
Trailing 46-43 late in the fourth quarter, Charles hit a two-pointer to close the gap to 46-45. Dawson got the ball back with the game clock ticking down. Charles made a last second shot that found its mark giving the Lady Eagles the 47-46 district win.
The win gives Dawson a 21-13 overall record and 8-3 in district. Dawson and George Ranch are in a two-way tie for second place behind league-leading Pearland (21-10, 10-1). Pearland and Dawson have both punched their ticket to the post-season with one league contest remaining. The Lady Oilers have secured the district crown.
George Ranch jumped out to a 10-2 first-quarter lead before the Lady Eagles went on a 6-0 run to close out the first eight minutes of play 10-8.
Dawson continued with the momentum into the second period to build a 23-16 lead before the Lady Longhorns closed out the quarter with a 5-0 run to make the score 23-21 at intermission.
The Lady Longhorns continued to keep the game close by taking the third period 11-9 sending the game into the final period tied at 32-32.
The game remained back-and-forth until Charles hit the game-winning basket at the end of the game giving the Lady Eagles a hard-fought 47-46 district win.
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