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Barbers Hill’s Simon Larranaga, 22, battles for a rebound against Sterling’s Gerald Hays, 23, Tuesday night in Mont Belvieu. Barbers Hill remained unbeaten with a 66-42 win over the Rangers.

Strong start, finish carries Barbers Hill

MONT BELVIEU – Young or not, the Barbers Hill boys basketball team has found a way to take its lessons to heart early this season.

All the while ripping out those of their opponents with strong starts and fantastic finishes.

Behind an efficient zone, timely three-point shooting and big plays at bigger moments, the Eagles moved to 5-0 with a 66-42 win over a determined Sterling Rangers effort.

Barbers Hill was led by Devin Figueroa (22 points) and Nick Marabito (15 points).

“We got some explosive shooters,” Barbers Hill head coach Chris Pennington said. “You can’t key on one guy because they can all shoot it a little bit. That makes us dangerous and explosive.

“We need to understand we need to keep that intensity for four quarters. When you jump out to a big lead you tend to relax – everybody does it – and if you are going to be really good you can’t do that. We’re learning.”

The Rangers (1-7) were paced by Kyle Arclies (15 points) and Jeremy Benson (12 points).

“We didn’t come to play and got beat in every aspect of the game to come out,” Sterling head coach Greg Smith. “We were very inactive on defense and did not attack on offense. It was miserable basketball on our end and excellent basketball on their end.

“Eight turnovers against the zone in the first quarter? That’s absolutely absurd. We might as well punted that thing up there.”

The Eagles flew out to an early 15-1 lead behind two triples and some strong finishing around the tin.

Benson finally hit Sterling’s first basket – a three – at the 7:10 mark and that began Sterling’s slow climb back into contention,

Sterling found more holes in the Barbers Hill defense and thus had a number of point blank scores to pull within 27-16 moments before halftime.

However, Marabito drained a trey as the buzzer sounded and the hosts took a comfortable 30-16 into the break.

It came in handy as Sterling continued to chip way behind another Benson three and a Kevin Kirkland hoop and harm to close the gap to 37-27 with 3:18 left in the third quarter.

“We started playing harder on the defensive side and the offensive side started attacking,” Smith said. “We just ran out of gas.”

Another Benson 3-ball and a Kyle Arclies score in transition made the Rangers deficit 43-35 a minute into the fourth quarter, but the hosts blew past their guests with a 16-2 run for a 59-37 lead and a clinched victory.

OTHER SCORES

Dayton girls 57, Crosby 39

Crosby- Brianna Sias could not be stopped on Tuesday night in Crosby and the Dayton Lady Broncos rode her all night long in a 57-39 win over the Lady Cougars in non-district action. 
 
Sias scored 19 of her 34 points in the first half as Dayton led 27-20 at the half. The Lady Broncos held Crosby to just two-points in the third quarter to build up a 38-22 lead after three. 
 
The first quarter saw the Lady Cougars jump out 7-4 thanks to a three-pointer by Michaela Ray. Sias then scored the next four-points to give Dayton the lead at 8-7. 
 
Early in the second quarter it was Ray assisting on a Cornti Harris trey and Crosby led 15-13. The Lady Broncos then responded with a 10-2 to lead 23-17 with a Laila Beck score on the inside and a couple of buckets by Sias. Dayton led 27-20 at the break.
 
The second half was much of the same for Sias as she kept driving and scoring. A pair of steals by Sias early in the third  period upped the advantage for the Lady Broncos to 33-22. Sias then scored again just before the end of the quarter to make it a 38-22 after three quarters of play. 
 
Dayton pushed the lead to 49-31 with 2:45 left before Harris connected on back-to-back three-pointers to get the Lady Cougars within 49-37 with 2:05 left. But Sias responded with a breakaway score to make it 51-37 and put the game away. 
 
Ray led Crosby with 13 and Harris added 9. 
 
– Jerry Michalsky

Sterling girls 68, Pasadena Memorial 66 in OT

The Lady Rangers held on for thew win behind Precious Johnson (18 points), Aaliyah Jordan (17 points), Bailee St. Romain (16 points) and Seleni Bernardez (13 points).

Calvary Baptist girls 30, Baytown Christian 28

 

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