Atascocita runs past Lady Oilers in region quarterfinals

PEARLAND — Pearland entered the playoffs without two of their starters and came away with upset wins over Clear Lake and a 35-0 undefeated Beaumont United team.

But the Lady Oilers ran into a buzzsaw against the Atascocita Lady Eagles in the regional quarterfinals and saw their season come to an end 51-29.

Pearland had a hard time getting untracked on offense while Atascocita was on fire resulting in a quick 15-5 lead for the Lady Eagles. The period closed out with the Lady O's trailing 19-7 after the first eight minutes of action.

It didn't get too much better for Pearland in the second quarter as the Lady Eagles continued their offensive dominance with a 15-11 run and a 34-18 halftime lead.

"All season has been a roller coaster ride for us," said Pearland head coach Lauren Martens. "We have had to deal with injuries and other situations that had continued to change our chemistry. We had young players stepping into roles that were not originally their expectation, but our kids have not given up and many of them have grown up as athletes.

"After the win against Clear Lake, I know our girls truly believed that anything could happen if we play with energy, intensity, and enthusiasm… and took that mentality into Beaumont United. We weren’t afraid, we were excited for the opportunity, and our defensive intensity kept us in close quarters with a strong Beaumont United."

Atascocita took the gas off the offense edging Pearland 9-6 in the third and 8-5 in the final period for the 51-29 playoff win.

The Lady O's were led by senior guard Macey Braswell who scored 13 points.

"This senior class is my first four-year graduating class, so not only has this been a great run for our program… to do the unexpected, but I also want this for them," Martens said. "This group has a special place with me… and I know the type of fight that those four girls have in them. They each have had their own battles in four years, but to see them accomplish this in their last post season is a testament to the heart and soul they have dedicated to this program.

"I also believe our underclassman see how important these wins are to them, and our fighting for them. It’s a neat thing having a group that cares about each other this much. So hustle and heart is most definitely a part of our rally cry."