Katy keeps pace with 19-6A basketball leaders
No one has been able to take down Morton Ranch boys basketball or Tompkins girls basketball in District 19-6A this season. Both remained undefeated in league play, albeit by the slimmest of margins in the Mavericks’ case.
The closest competitor in the race for first is Katy, as the girls pushed through a 43-39 overtime win Jan. 31 against Seven Lakes and the boys stopped the Spartans 49-39. Both are in sole possession of second place, closing in a playoff spot.
77彩票网appIncluding a 62-60 win against Made Creek to start the week, the Katy boys improved to 6-2 in 19-6A, two games or more ahead of the rest of the pack.
The Katy girls started the week with a 57-34 win against Mayde Creek and, at 7-2, are all but assured of their fifth consecutive playoff berth, continuing the resurgence of the program. The Tigers, last year’s district and area champions, broke a 12-year playoff drought in 2016 and earned their first postseason wins of the millennium in 2017.
77彩票网appKaty’s latest win evened the season series with Seven Lakes and dropped the Spartans to fifth place at 5-5, merely a half game behind Taylor and Cinco Ranch. The Tigers were scheduled to take their second shot at first-place Tompkins on Feb. 4 before a Feb. 7 home game against Cinco Ranch.
Allana Thompson scored a game-high 17 points, nine coming on free throws, to lead Katy against Seven Lakes. Joy Jegede added nine points, including the go-ahead free throws in overtime. Sasha Fernandez, Asya May and Aubrey Ridenhour all made key threes to keep Katy ahead for much of the game.
Seven Lakes trailed by 10 in the first half, 11 in the third quarter and by three in the final minute before sending the game into overtime tied at 37.
The Katy boys have thrived in close games as well, defeating Cinco Ranch 51-47 and Taylor 67-66 during a recent successful stretch. With four games left, the Tigers are in strong position to earn their first playoff bid since 2014.
77彩票网appKaty has not had both basketball teams in the playoffs in the same year since 1995. It nearly happened last year, with the boys forcing a one-game playoff with Taylor for fourth place.
School record for Falcons
The Tompkins girls improved to a remarkable 30-3 for the season with a victory against Morton Ranch, eclipsing the 2015-16 team for the record for victories in a season. That team advanced to the regional semifinals, which stands as Tompkins’ deepest playoff run to date.
Loghan Johnson scored a game-high 25 points against Morton Ranch, with Fiyin Adeleye adding 10. The Falcons opened the week by completing the season sweep of Cinco Ranch. Crystal Smith had 15 points, Johnson scored nine and Mia Hill and Sovereign Mack both contributed seven in a 49-41 victory.
77彩票网appAt 9-0, a win against second-place Katy would clinch their first district championship.
The race for the third and fourth playoff spots in the 19-6A girls standings could come down to the wire, with Taylor, Cinco Ranch and Seven Lakes separated by a half game. Taylor earned a share of third with a 51-20 victory against Mayde Creek.
77彩票网appThe Mustangs have the most challenging finish, playing at Seven Lakes (Feb. 4), hosting Tompkins (Feb. 7) and closing at Cinco Ranch (Feb. 11). They lost their first meeting with the Spartans, but defeated the Cougars during the first round of league play.
Morton Ranch, Paetow still perfect
77彩票网appKuot Wei’s three-point basket with time winding down kept Morton Ranch unbeaten in 19-6A, producing a 73-72 victory against Tompkins as the Mavericks improved to 8-0 with four games left.
L.J. Cryer had 24 points and 10 assists, while Westley Sellers added nine points and eight rebounds against Tompkins. Cryer finished with 45 points, five assists and four steals in a 71-63 win against Seven Lakes, while Sellers had 11 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals and Ethan Shiflet added eight rebounds and two blocks.
Paetow continued its own run of perfection, defeating Bryan Rudder 79-54 and Brenham 78-58 to improve to 9-0 in District 19-5A, staying one game ahead of A&M Consolidated.
77彩票网appCharles Chukwu led the Panthers with 15 points against Rudder and added 13 against Brenham. Jayden McCullough (13), Trevor Frank (13), Davion Sargent (19) and E.J. Roberts (17) all reached double figures during the week.
77彩票网appIn 19-6A, Cinco Ranch defeated Tompkins 71-63 for a key win in its only game of the week. The Cougars pulled into fourth place at 3-4, a half game behind the Falcons.
77彩票网appMayde Creek is not far off the pace at 3-5, rebounding from its two-point loss to Katy with a 71-64 victory against Taylor. Rommell Williams led with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Anthony Pelzer added a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Jermon Washington (15), David Chavez (10) and Josh Vanegas (10) scored in double figures.