MISSOURI CITY - Struggling early to find their shot on the offensive front in Saturday’s 5A Area Girls’ Basketball Playoff affair, the Manvel Lady Mavericks went into defensive shut down mode and ultimately punched their ticket to the regional quarterfinals with a 58-40 triumph over Fulshear at Hopson Field House.

Both teams showed signs of just playing for the first time in more than a week after being sidelined by the historic frigid weather conditions. Fulshear held a 9-3 edge midway in the opening period when the Manvel girls applied their own freezing technique, holding the Lady Chargers scoreless through the next eight-and-a half minutes.

The Lady Mavs (23-5) outscored Fulshear by an 18-0 margin during the above stretch in the first and second quarters combined. Following a pair of treys by Mikayla Green (12 points) and another three-pointer by Jordyn Marshall, Manvel held a commanding 21-9 lead with 3:21 left in the second quarter and never looked back.

“We talked to the girls about shots coming and going, but your consistency is subject to the rim,” said Lady Mavs’ head coach Jhared Marshall, whose team advances to play Beaumont United Feb. 24 at Crosby High School at 6 p.m. “We’ve been off for five days due to the weather. So we knew that would come and go. But defense is all about effort, so we just preach that the whole time. We hunkered down and knew we had a tough challenge ahead of us.”

Manvel increased its lead to 30-14 at intermission and maintained a double digit cushion in the third with Marshall pumping in 15 of her game-high 28 points. The Lady Chargers got as close as 13 at 45-32 on Ese Ogbevire’s bucket late in the third. However, Marshall drained a pair of free throws to close the period and Kaia Henry  hit a three-pointer on Manvel’s opening possession in the fourth to put it out of reach.

Ogbevire, who led Fulshear with 15 points, also fouled out a little later, further sinking the Lady Chargers’ comeback hopes.

Game results from the Manvel/United region quarter contest will be published in the weekend Alvin Sun edition.

The Shadow Creek Lady Sharks (23-4) were also in 6A area girls’ playoff action late Monday against hosting Deer Park and cruised to a 62-35 triumph behind McDonald’s All-American nominee Bre`yon White’s 16 points and 12 points by R`manin Taylor.

The Lady Sharks advance to play Atascocita in the regional quarterfinals Wednesday at Butler Field House in Houston at 6 p.m. Game results will be published in the weekend Alvin Sun edition.

The Manvel Mavericks and Shadow Creek Sharks also emerged victorious in their bi-district boys’ first round hoop games on Monday.

The Mavs (20-2) rolled to a 78-50 victory over Barbers Hill in Deer Park with Azari Woods pumping in 20 points, while double figure scoring also included Zaire Hayes with 16 points, Mason McBride with 13 points and Chris Morris with 10 points.

Manvel punched a 5A area playoff date with Angleton Wednesday at Hopson Field House in Missouri City at 7 p.m. with the victory.

The Sharks (20-2) exploded for a 27-6 first quarter Monday against Clear Lake in Alvin and captured an 85-68 victory at the AHS Competition Gym.

Ramon Walker paced Shadow Creek with a game-high 28 points and Shawn Jones delivered a 24-point performance, followed by 12 points by Cameron Amoboree and 11 points from Brian Gordon.

The Sharks advance to play West Brook Wednesday in the 6A area playoffs at Dayton High School at 6 p.m.

Game results from both the Mavs and Sharks’ area round contests will be published in the weekend Alvin Sun edition.

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