Sterling’s Kyle Arclies passes to Jacob Wood, 10, for a fast break layup during the Rangers 61-60 win over Houston Westside on Day 1 of the McDonald’s Texas Invitational at Pasadena Dobie High School Thursday afternoon.

Sterling boys win thriller; BH girls go 2-0 at McDonald’s

What a way to earn a first win.

Sterling High School boys basketball team completed a 1-1 day on the McDonald’s Texas Invitational’s first day of action when Kyle Arclies hit a three-pointer with four seconds left to play to record a Division 2, 61-60 win over Houston Westside at Pasadena Dobie High School Thursday.

“It was an interesting game from start to finish,” RSS head coach Greg Smith said. “Overall it was still a learning day for us, as we are still trying to figure out some different combinations in our first three regular season games. All we can do is get better. We came to learn more about ourselves, choosing to play hard everyday, and we will do the exact same thing on the next two days.”

Sterling (1-2) is set to move into bracket play today with matchups to have been determined late Thursday night.

Kevin Kirkland (19 points) and Arclies (16 points) led Sterling in the win.

Earlier, Clear Creek pulled away for a 57-39 win over Sterling.

Arclies led the Rangers with eight points in the effort.

“This game was a true test of everything we do, as we expected. Clear Creek gave us a solid man defense and pressured the ball the entire game,” Smith said. “With that said, I thought our guys handled fairly well in the opening half, going into the half down by four. The start of the third quarter was a disaster as Creek couldn’t miss, our defense was horrid, and we turned the ball over probably 20 plus times in the half. We played as tough as possible, but we really struggled to stay in control, causing the game to slip away late.”

Barbers Hill’s girls swept their two Division 2 games on day one of the invitational,  beat Cy Woods, 55-43 at Sam Rayburn High School and then hosts Pasadena High, 53-13.

In the Cy Woods win, Jaelin Holden scored 15 points and grabbed seven boards while Dalanna Carter had 14 points and three steals.

Against Pasadena, Barbers Hill (10-0) was spearheaded by Carter who led the way with 21 points, and Holden adding 17 points.

“They are playing hard so no matter what’s going on they are going to give effort and would go through the wall for you,” Barbers Hill head coach Bryan Harris said. “Defensively we are stronger and we put an emphasis on defense with the kids buying in. We are switching defenses and trying to get kids in the right positions.

“Offensively, we look good sometimes and not so good others. I  thought today against Pasadena and against Cy Woods in some cases, we had too many empty possessions. But, this is all under construction.”

Crosby High School’s girls went 1-1 as well, beating Pasadena, 49-45, behind Sequoia Carroll (18 points) and Cortni Harris (12 points) before dropping a 59-22 decision against Cy Woods with Michaela Ray’s 13 points leading the Lady Cougars (2-4).

Barbers Hill and Crosby lock horns 1:30 p.m. today at Beverly Hills Middle School.

The Crosby boys (2-1) defeated Pasadena 65-57 early Thursday as Sean Haggerty’s 38-point effort led the way. Haggerty hit 17 of 21 free throws for the Cougars who fell 67-60 to Lake Creek later that evening.

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