Barbers Hill and Jazlyn Marcus, 15, rolled past Baytown Sterling and Precious Johnson during an 82-49 quarterfinal win at the Gulf Coast Classic in Mont Belvieu Friday night. (Photo by Kim Keefer)

BH freshman lights it up at Gulf Coast Classic

The term freshman phenom took on a Barbers Hill tone Friday night.

Freshman Dalanna Carter showed those in attendance for the Gulf Classic quarterfinal at Barbers Hill between the hosts and Sterling High School why she deservedly is considered one of the top players in her class anywhere.

Carter scored 21 points in the first half and 34 for the game, mostly via a variety of scoring forays to the rim and the Lady Eagles beat Sterling 82-49.

Barbers Hill (18-3) also got 14 points from Jaelin Holden.

The Lady Eagles advanced to the title game Saturday night against Pearland with a 56-38 win over Klein Oak behind 38 points from Carter. 

“Dalanna is a very good player and she is really dynamic,” Barbers Hill head coach Bryan Harris said. “She can shoot it, she can attack going left or right. She is going to be a pretty special player. We don’t try to restrict her, so when she has that lane she knows to attack that gap.

“We also want her to make sure she understands team basketball – which she does. She had about four or five assists tonight.”

One thing the Lady Eagles excelled at was forcing Sterling’s defense to have to decide on help defense or stay with its assignments as Barbers Hill’s off ball movement led to other challenges.

“We are running our team offense really well: We got screen and rolls and backdoor cuts going and our bigs are hitting threes,” Harris said. “We still have a lot of work to do.”

Sterling (12-8) was led by Precious Johnson’s 14 points and Bailee St. Romain’s 13 points.

“We just didn’t capitalize on what we need to capitalize on and we didn’t defend well,” Sterling head coach Monique Everett said. “We just help the helper and we didn’t communicate well and weren’t aware of where the ball was.”

Sterling kept things tight in the first quarter before Holden let fly two treys that found the bottom of the net to push the hosts to a 13-7 lead. 

Then came Carter. If it wasn’t a layup here, it was one there and many more everywhere as no angle at the rim was off limits for the point guard.

“It was my teammates setting screens and being where they are supposed to be,” Cater said. “My teammates have welcomed me in and that made it easier. If I go down, they pick me up.”

Barbers Hill led 23-10 after the first quarter after a blistering 18-5 run.

Sterling’s Ariel Kettle hit a three early in the second quarter to pull Sterling within 25-15, but then Barbers Hill’s Rachel Sarlls ripped a trey of her own, Carter continued her attacking way and the hosts rolled into the intermission up 42-19.

Sterling beat Grand Oaks, 49-47 in the first round on two Aaliyah Jordan free throws late to break a tie. Barbers Hill routed Sharpstown 65-21 to set up the matchup.

GCM goes 2-2 at Conroe

The Lady Patriots (12-12) split four games at the Conroe Tournament over the weekend.

On Friday, GCM beat Clear Lake 41-34 behind Alex Haymon's 18 points and 14 rebounds while Ayla Clark added 10 points and seven rebounds and fell 40-38 against the hosts despite Haymon's 26 points and 10 rebounds.

Haymon scored 11 points in a 40-38 defeat against Klein on Saturday before wrapping things up with a 39-36 win over Cypress Park with Haymon scoring 19 points and Acacia Barnaba adding 12 points in the win.

REL splits in Wharton

The Lady Ganders (8-4) went 1-1 at Wharton High School Friday.

Alyssa Ruiz scored 16 points and Arcean Burris added 12 points and nine rebounds in a 57-30 win over Alief Hastings.

Chloe Shelby (eight points, seven rebounds), Kim Duhon (seven points, seven assists) and Maika Compton (nine points) also contributed in the win.

Duhon and Ruiz scored 17 and 12 points in a 46-42 loss to Sam Rayburn. 


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