Lady Oilers continue to lead the pack in district

PEARLAND — The Pearland Lady Oilers continue to lead the district standings with an 8-1 record and almost clinched their second straight District 23-6A title that they won last year after a 26-year absence from the district throne room.

The beginning of the season started out shaky as early season injuries hit Pearland hard, but head coach Lauren Martens saw her team get healthy at the start of league play and they have been on a roll ever since.

The Lady Oilers did suffer their first district loss last week when sophomore sensation DeYona Gaston was hit with a minor injury which limited her play against the Alief Elsik Lady Rams which came away with a 59-55 win

Pearland took the opening period 12-11 as five Pearland players contributed offensively.

The Lady Rams took the second quarter 12-8 for a 23-20 halftime lead as they held Pearland leading scorer Macey Braswell to only a 3-pointer in the first half while Gaston managed seven points.

The lead was returned back to the Lady Oilers after three quarters as Braswell finally found her range with three 3-pointers and a short jumper for 11 points and Gaston put in three baskets and a free throw for seven more points giving Pearland a 41-37 lead.

But Elsik's Jada Shanklin got hot in the final frame scoring 12 points to spark the Lady Rams to a come-from-behind 59-55 district win. Shanklin finished as the game-high scorer with 20 points.

Elsik outscored the Lady O's 22-14 in the final frame.

Braswell was held to four points and Gaston three points down the stretch in the first district loss for Pearland.

Braswell finished the game with 18 points while Gaston tossed in 15.

Pearland 54 - Alief Taylor 31

Pearland blew out the Alief Taylor Lady Lions in the first half and coasted in the second half for a 54-31 district win to improve to 8-1 on the season and maintain their first place position in the league standings.

Macey Braswell lit it up in the first three quarters for 24 points while head coach Lauren Martens gave her the final eight minutes to rest.

Pearland jumped out to a 22-10 lead in the opening period and then outscored the visitors 12-3 in the second for a 34-13 halftime lead.

DeYona Gaston also returned back to health as she scored 10 points in the first half and finished with 14 as she got some rest in the final frame as well.

The Lady Oilers took the third quarter 11-7 for a 45-20 advantage before Martens emptied the bench in the final stretch as the Lady Lions took the quarter 11-9.

Pearland has clinched their spot in the playoffs and should have no problem repeating as district champions.

The Lady Oilers will host Dawson on Friday, Feb. 2 at 7:00 p.m. and then close out the regular season at George Ranch on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 7:00 p.m.