GCM’s Ayla Clark, 20, shoots over Crosby defender Cortni Harris Tuesday night. Clark and the Lady Patriots pulled away for a 49-30 District 22-5A win.

A young Crosby girls basketball team struggled out of the gate this season, but got the boat right in time for District 22-5A play.

The Lady Cougars won their first three contests heading into Tuesday’s tilt with the host Goose Creek Memorial Lady Patriots, who also has designs on the upper tier of the standings.

In a back-and-forth affair, the Lady Patriots got the big burst that mattered most as they used a huge run to start the fourth quarter to pull away for a 49-30 win and pull into a second-place tie with Crosby (6-13, 3-1).

Friendswood (11-7, 3-0) played at Santa Fe Tuesday night.

“It’s a huge win standings-wise and especially for the girls who are starting to realize their potential and what they can do in this district,” GCM assistant coach Derek Hufnagel said.

GCM (14-12, 3-1) outscored Crosby 16-0 in the fourth quarter to record the win after the two teams engaged in an tug-of-war full of missed layups, turnovers forced or unforced and a lot of energy from both sides.

“The first quarter definitely started sloppy, but once our girls knew we could cover them the whole court, everything snapped,” Hufnagel said.. “In the huddle we didn’t talk about offense, it was defense and when we got locked in we started to do well on offense. We were getting steals and it created some wide open opportunities for us.”

Alex Haymon once again provided the Lady Patriots big offense with a 26-point barrage while Kortney Wright chipped in with eight points and plenty of defense at the top of the attack.

“It is incredible to watch: Alex can take over a game,” Hufnagel said. “I don’t think she has even hit her ceiling yet. She’s a great leader. No one can stop her. She can shoot, she can drive, she can facilitate. As a coach it makes it easier when you can rely on someone like that. No doubt.”

Crosby was led by Michaela Ray’s 14-point effort.

Other Scores

Channelview boys 63, RSS 48

The Rangers fell to 7-13 overall and 0-2 in district play with the defeat.

Crosby boys 75, GCM 59

Crosby got 24 points from Sean Haggerty and 20 points from Deniquez Dunn to move to 2-0 in district play.

GCM (1-1) was led by Sam Bradford’s 22-point outburst.

RSS girls 49, Channelview 41

Precious Johnson scored 15 points for the Lady Rangers (14-11, 2-2) in the District 21-6A win.

Barbers Hill girls 68, St. Agnes 52

Dalanna Carter scored 30 points and dished seven assists to lead Barbers Hill (21-4) to the non-district win.

Lifestyle Christian girls 49, BCA 23

BCA fell despite a nine-point effort by Ellie Escalante in the defeat.

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