No. 2 Lady Oilers roll past Clear Creek and Clear Falls

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TOP SCORER - Pearland's RyLee Grays led the Lady Oilers to a 64-39 win over the Clear Falls Lady Knights in a non-district contest with 18 points.

The Lady O's are 16-1 and currently ranked as the No. 2 team in the state in Class 6A. (Photo by Lloyd Hendricks)

PEARLAND — The Pearland Lady Oilers were one game away from the Class 6A state tournament last year, but the Lady Oilers look like a team on a mission as they are currently the No. 2 ranked 6A team in the state with a 16-1 overall record this season.

Pearland hosted the Clear Creek Lady Wildcats (9-6) and left no doubt as to the outcome of this non-district contest as the Lady O's took the lead at the beginning and totally dominated the entire game for a 42-21 victory.

"It was not one of our better games, but they don't have to all be pretty as long as they're wins," Pearland coach Jere Adams said.

"We only had one game last week, so we're still trying to knock the rust off and get back in the swing of things."

Pearland jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter while holding Clear Creek scoreless in the opening period.

The second period was a little closer as the Lady Oilers built a 19-3 lead before the Lady Cats closed out the final two minutes of the first half with a 6-0 run to close the halftime score to 19-9 in favor of Pearland.

The Lady O's took control of the third quarter with a 6-2 run to make the score 25-11 but Creek cut the margin to 29-22 after scoring the first six points of the fourth period. Pearland had a 29-14 halftime advantage.

But Pearland answered with a 10-0 run for a 39-21 cushion with just over two minutes left in the game and posted the 42-21 final score.

"Creek really did an awesome job," Adams said. "We have to make our adjustments and other people have to step up.

"You need to have that next-man-up mentality."

One glaring weakness for Pearland against Clear Creek as the Lady O's were a meager 4-for-14 from the charity stripe which has to improve as Pearland gets ready to enter District 23-6A action.

"We need to work on rebounding, defense and knocking down free throws and shots when we have those opportunities," Adams said.

Nyah Hardy led Pearland in scoring with 12 points while Janae Tucker added nine points and RyLee Grays added eight points and 15 rebounds. Paige Bonner had five rebounds, four points, three assists, and four steals.

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LOOKING FOR AN OPEN TEAMMATE - Janae Tucker looks for a passing lane against the Clear Creek Lady Wildcats.

Tucker scored nine points including two 3-pointers while getting two assists and three steals to help the No. 2 state-ranked Lady Oilers to a 42-21 non-district win.

Pearland is now 16-1 on the 2022-2023 basketball season. (Photo by Lloyd Hendricks)

Pearland 64 Clear Falls 38

Pearland hosted the Clear Falls Lady Knights and came away with a dominating 64-34 non-district win to improve their season record to 16-1 as the No. 2 Class 6A state-ranked team.

The Lady Oilers came out hot in the opening quarter to outscore the visitors 22-5. They continued to control the game as they took the second quarter 16-12 for a 38-17 lead at intermission.

Pearland continued to increase the lead in the third period 20-13 making the score 58-31 entering the final eight minutes of the game.

Clear Falls took the final quarter 8-6 leaving the Lady Oilers with a solid 64-38 win.

RyLee Grays led the offense with 18 points while also grabbing 10 rebounds while Eliece Perry added 14 points and eight boards and Nyah Hardy tossed in 10 points. La'Niah Thornton had the hot hand from 3-point land hitting three shots in the first half.