With hopes that the schedules will get back to normal, the Leader-area high school basketball teams are looking to get back into their usual routine after the recent wintry weather forced both school and games to be canceled.
The Eagles played just one time last week due to the weather, but a big-fourth quarter rally allowed them to secure a big win and remain near Division 1, District 3 league leaders The Village School and Tomball Concordia Lutheran.
After trailing archrival St. Pius X for three quarters, the Eagles outscored the Panthers, 20-4 in the fourth quarter to rally for a big 47-35 home win over the Panthers. Senior Max Vosloh had eight of his team-high 17 points in the final period to lead the winners’ push.
St. Pius played tremendous defense for three quarters in a grind-it-out type of game, taking a 9-5 lead after the first period and putting together another nine-point period to hold an 18-15 lead at the half.
The red-and-white was outscored 13-12 in the third period to trail 31-27 at the outset of the fourth quarter.
The victory lifted the Eagles to 3-1 in District with that one loss coming to Concordia Lutheran. St. Thomas had three big district road games this week, starting Tuesday night when they were in Beaumont to play Kelly. They then had a pair of back-to-back contests, going to The Village School Thursday night and then Awty School Friday night, Jan. 26 before they return home Tuesday, Feb. 5, when they have their second game against Concordia Lutheran.
After the first half of the District 18-6A schedule, it seems there are three dominant teams — Sam Houston, Bellaire and Westside.
But the other four teams in the league still have a puncher’s chance and Houston Heights is one of those teams, sitting just behind Lamar for that fourth and final playoff spot. Going into this week, Lamar had three losses in district play while the Heights and Westbury each had four.
But all three of those teams still control their own destiny because if any one of them is able to win six or seven of their remaining games, they will be the team to take that last spot.
Like so many teams, the Heights were scheduled to play twice last week, but Mother Nature ruined those plans with an ice storm, so they were only able to get in one game and it was an 86-62 loss to the Houston Can Academy.
That means they had three games this week and two of them were against the top-tier teams in the district with a game against Sam Houston Tuesday night and then a game Friday, Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m. against Bellaire at the Butler Fieldhouse.
The Bulldogs started this week at 12-11 overall.
Lutheran High North
There is still a lot of basketball to be played in the TAPPS 4A District 5 and the Lions still have work to do if they hope to make the postseason.
The Lions dropped two of their first three games to start league play, but were looking for the turnaround as the last half of the district schedule tips off.
One of those losses was a grueling 60-59 loss to Logos Prep Academy. In a game that went to the wire, Logos made a couple of more key plays in the final minute to get a game on Lutheran North in the standings with the win.
The Lions have a chance to make some headway with three games to end this week as they played Wednesday, Thursday and again Saturday, Jan. 27.
They were home for St. Thomas Episcopal Wednesday and then play at The Woodlands Christian Thursday before they are at Northland Christian, 7:30 p.m. Saturday night to end a furious 72-hour period.
The game at Northland also begins the second half of the district schedule for the Lions and they open with three straight games on the roads as they play at Logos Prep, Tuesday, Jan. 30 and then visit Bay Area Christian.