District 22-5A play began Tuesday night in soccer while boys basketball tipped off the second round of play as the girls moved closer to settling matters.
The Goose Creek Memorial and Robert E. Lee programs both were dug deep into all of these scenarios as they met up in both boys and girls soccer and basketball during a rainy day on the pitch and an intense one on the hardwood.
GCM boys hoops 61, REL 54
In what proved to be a game befitting a rivalry, the Patriots hung on to win a seesaw battle, 61-54 at REL to sweep the season series.
Dariyus Woodson led GCM with 24 points while splashing home five three-pointers. Sam Bradford added 16 points.
GCM (16-12, 4-4) saw a 31-23 halftime lead disappear into a 41-37 deficit heading into the final quarter.
“I am proud of the way we stayed together and executed in the fourth quarter and made the necessary adjustments and plays to seal the win,” GCM head coach Marcus Ebow said.
Adrian Boston scored 25 points while Keke Davis contributed 12 points and JaCorey Boston added 11 points for REL (6-20, 1-7).
"We played well and gave ourselves a chance to win, had a really big third quarter which has been our downfall," REL head coach Seth Due said. "They hit some big shots and made some big plays down the stretch."
GCM girls hoops 60, REL 49
It’s a season sweep for Goose Creek Memorial (16-14, 7-3) who held on to beat REL 60-49 on the Lady Patriots home floor.
Alex Haymon scored 31 points and grabbed 19 rebounds while Kortney Wright added 16 points and seven rebounds.
“Great home sweep,” GCM coach Briceida Razo said. “It was a back and forth game until the fourth quarter, when we went on a huge run to finish the game.”
Kim Duhon led REL (10-10, 2-8) with 13 points while Arcean Burris added 12 points and nine rebounds.
“The game was alot closer than the final score,” REL head coach Robert Robinson said. “I thought we played very well for most of the game.”
REL boys soccer 2, GCM 1
Kevin Hernandez scored two first-half goals for the Ganders who held on in the second half against a stubborn Patriots team and a violent downpour.
Jonathan Roman scored the lone goal for GCM (1-5-2, 0-1).
“We came out flat,” GCM head coach William Freeman said. “We didn’t create enough chances and we couldn’t win the first or second ball most of the game. We didn’t have many shots that were threatening. We didn’t want it bad enough and didn’t deserve to win.”
REL head coach Jay Langlois breathed a sigh of relief after the game.
“Until their goal in the 50th minute I felt we had total control of the match,” he said. Our link up play was crisp and our defending was just tight enough. We had not scored since December 18 so this match is going to be a tremendous confidence builder for us going forward.”
GCM girls soccer 8, REL 0
Kennedy Tristan scored a hat trick, Lauren Benavides tallied twice while Kayleen Figueroa, Tania Rodriguez added a score apiece for GCM (10-0-1).
“Despite the weather condition we were able to play our style and keep the pressure on Lee,” GCM head coach Roman Huizar said. “These games are always tough coming in because of the rivalry.
REL is now 1-4 overall.
United 75, RSS 29
PAM 87, BH 58
The Eagles are 3-4 in district play after the loss.
Crosby 71, Galena Pk 36
Sean Haggerty scored 36 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to keep the Cougars unbeaten in district play.
United 60, RSS 47
Bailee St. Romain scored 18 points and Aaliyah Jordan 11 points in the loss.
BH 78, PAM 32
The Lady Eagles are 9-0 in district play after Dalanna Carter’s 37-point outburst.
Crosby 51, Galena Park
The Lady Cougars ended a four-game losing streak behind Michaela Ray's 18 points and Sequoia Carroll's 16 points to move to 4-4 in district action.
RSS 5, United 1
Yahir Martinez and Rogelio Chavez each scored twice and Martin Cendejas added another goal as RSS (4-3-1) won its opener.
Dayton 3, BH 0
The Eagles (1-9) dropped their district opener.
RSS 4, United 0
Isabel De La Rosa scored twice and Kelli Dodson and Gracie Torres once apiece for the winning Lady Rangers (3-1-8, 1-0).
BH 3, Dayton 0
Lynn Falcon, Emily Green and Jaci Meredith scored for the Lady Eagles (6-4-1) in a district opener.