While Friendswood managed to stay within striking distance of state-ranked Manvel for almost 12 minutes of Thursday’s Class 5A Area Girls’ Basketball Playoff match-up, the Lady Mavericks ultimately employed the afterburners and left the Lady Mustangs in the dust.
Mckinzie Green pumped in a game-high 28 points and Anessa Dussette provided 14 points, as the Lady Mavs rolled to a 65-33 triumph at Alvin High School’s Competition Gym.
The victory set up an all- AISD regional quarterfinal earlier this week with Shadow Creek topping Galveston Ball 59-47 in their area playoff game Thursday night at Santa Fe High School. The teams played late Monday at Wheeler Field House in Sugar Land. Game results from Manvel- Shadow Creek will run in the Weekend Alvin Sun.
In Thursday’s affair here, Friendswood trailed only 18-13 midway in the second quarter, when Manvel (35-3) suddenly took flight. Dussette struck for a pair of breakaway layups off steals and drilled a three-pointer to make it 29-15 with 1:52 left, while Green closed the period with seven straight points to increase the margin to 36-15 at intermission.
The Lady Mustangs never recovered from the onslaught.
“In the second quarter, I thought we were a little quicker going,” Lady Mavs’ head coach Bryan Harris said following the game. “In the first quarter, they were great and then I think we wore them down a bit.
“Our quickness really took over. We weren’t disciplined at all in the third quarter and the fourth quarter was hard to watch. I think kids, once they realize they’re up 30, kind of shut it down.”
Despite the struggles, Manvel continued to pad its cushion in the third. Deja Williams delivered a trey, while Joy Chanslor and Green both converted steals into uncontested drives to the hoop on the other end.
Manvel led 53-24 after three periods, allowing Harris to mix his reserves in with the starters the rest of the way.
Despite nine points from Green during the opening period, the Lady Mustangs gave Manvel everything they could handle early on. Ashlyn Mason led the way with four points in the quarter, while Nicole Nash and Sallianne Roher added buckets to complement Ashlyn Ryall’s three-pointer, leaving Friendswood with just a 15-11 deficit during the initial eight minutes.
Manvel swept the regular season series with Shadow Creek, but Harris expects a much tighter contest in the third meeting between the area and 24-5A rivals.
“They’re gonna come hard and so will we,” the Lady Mavs’ coach said. “We’re a hungry group, so we’re going to be ready for them.”
Shadow Creek (21-13), who advanced past the second round for the first time in school history, never trailed in their double digit victory over the Lady Tors.
R`mani Taylor’s 13 points highlighted a balanced scoring attack for the Lady Sharks, which also featured Trintee Jones with 11 points and Bre`yon White, Sydni John- Baptiste and Da`nae Williams with 10 points apiece.
John-Baptiste converted a Taylor pass inside into a game-opening layup and Taylor followed with a pair of free throws for a quick 4-0 SC lead. Chanielyn Galloway kept Ball High close early with a three-pointer, but Jones then struck with a jumper for Shadow Creek and John-Baptiste added back-to-back buckets off steals for a 13-5 Lady Sharks’ advantage with 3:21 left in the first period.
John-Baptiste’s trey gave the Lady Sharks a 20-11 cushion following the initial eight minutes and despite only scoring nine points in the second quarter, Shadow Creek increased its margin to double digits at 29-18 at the break, thanks to Jones’ field goal just before the buzzer.
The Lady Tors closed within six at 53-47 late in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Sharks sealed things with a game-ending 6-0 run.
The Shadow Creek boys were also in action this week, facing Houston Austin in Alvin late Monday in the Class 5A bi-district playoffs, while the Manvel boys play Houston Madison in their 5A bi-district playoff on Tuesday at Hopson Field House in Missouri City at 6 p.m.