Lady Oilers open district with win over Brazoswood

PEARLAND — To say the Pearland Lady Oilers are a wounded team is an understatement.

Pearland head coach Lauren Martens has seen a very promising team change to a team of uncertainty thanks to early season injuries to a couple of her main standouts.

Starting guard Cierra Lane suffered an ACL injury while freshman sensation Deyona Gaston sustained a meniscus tear in which the injury has yet to be determined, but Lane is definitely out for the season while Martens hopes that Gaston will possibly make it back before the start of the second round of district.

"Now, it's really an all-new team," Martens said. "Some kids that have been role players like Jocelyn Thompson, Ravae Payne, and Macey Braswell now have to take the lead."

The 6-foot-3 inch Gaston is regarded as the No. 1 freshman in the nation so getting her back would be a real help.

Pearland opened their first District 23-6A contest on the road against the Brazoswood Lady Buccaneers.

The Lady Oilers fell behind in the first quarter 19-15, but rallied in the second period 9-9 for a 28-24 halftime deficit.

The third quarter belonged to the Lady O's as they outscored the home team 14-3.

A strong offense coupled with a stingy defense allowed Pearland to take a 38-31 lead into the final eight minutes.

Pearland continued to hold their own down the stretch 12-7 in the final stanza to get the 50-38 victory to improve to 15-6 overall and 1-0 in league action.

Taking the lead on offense was Macey Braswell who pumped in 18 points. Ravae Payne added eight points and nine rebounds while Julia Gonzales added seven points.