The district girls’ basketball races are reaching the home stretch with the middle of January here and the playoff contenders starting to separate themselves from the pretenders as the games on the schedule wind down.
Lutheran High North
Taking a nail-biting 42-40 road win over The Woodlands Christian Academy (TWCA), the Lady Lions started their TAPPS District 5-4A schedule just the way they had hoped. Now, they will look to keep it going this week with two more big district games. They also have a non-district game as well next week, giving them three games in five days.
They will host St. Thomas Episcopal 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 and then go on the road, Friday, Jan. 20 to play Cypress Christian in what could be a very big week for them with a couple of victories because it would give them a leg up on the other five teams in the district. The next afternoon, Saturday, Jan. 21 the Lions step away from conference play to host St. Agnes Academy at 2 p.m.
With the District 18-6A girls’ basketball schedule at its midway point, the Heights ladies are right in the mix for a definite Region III playoff berth and a possible district title. The Bulldogs began league play with four wins in five games to sit right behind Bellaire in the league standings as the Cardinals won their first five games. (That only Heights’ loss was a 68-60 defeat against Bellaire). With a deep and balanced attack, head coach Kerrick Arrington’s team is scoring a lot of points on most nights and wearing other teams down with their grittiness. There are 13 players listed on the team roster and everyone is averaging at least three points a game when they get on the floor.
The team had a very good holiday break, winning three of five games at the Fidelity Communications Holiday tournament in Daingerfield, winning three of five games.
The Bulldogs are a younger team with six freshmen compared too just three seniors and two juniors, but those varsity rookies have meshed well with the older girls to create some serious momentum heading into the latter part of January.
Point guard Gracelynn Alvarez has set the pace for that young group and she leads her team in scoring, averaging just less than 16 points a game. Senior Elizabeth Ramos, one of the team’s three tri-captains, is second in scoring at just under nine points a game, but freshmen guards Sincere Roberts and Trinity Frias, who has played in just five games, are both averaging over eight points an outing. Besides that trio, post person Tierra Simon, and guards Jada Beasley and Chloe Figueroa are the other three freshmen that have productive when their number has been called.
It isn’t totally, however, on the youth as senior centers Jasmine Gonzales and Joylynn Harris has provided experience and leadership while the wins continue to pile up.
The Bulldogs, who began this week with an 11-6 record overall, tips off the second half of the 18-6A schedule Tuesday, Jan. 17 with a 4:30 p.m. game against Chavez at Delmar Fieldhouse.
Having only District 24-5A games remaining on the schedule, the Waltrip girls are hoping for a winning streak that will push them into the top half of the league standings. A winning streak has eluded the Rams so far this winter as they sit around the .500 mark both on the season and in district, but knowing they have to win the games they play now to keep their postseason hopes alive, Waltrip is looking to find that right combination that get them moving forward.
The Rams do have some work to do with Madison winning its first eight district games and Wisdom taking six of its first seven, but the Rams control their own destiny with six or seven wins down the stretch being the ticket they need to punch their ride to the playoffs.