Two area girls basketball teams are readying for the postseason which begins Monday and both Goose Creek Memorial and Barbers Hill will be shooting for big runs in Class 5A playoff action.
Last season, Barbers Hill was upset in the opening round of the playoffs, losing a bi-district contest against Crosby, while GCM got through to the area round before losing to state qualifier Fort Bend Hightower.
GCM vs. Dayton 6:30 Tuesday
at Sterling High School
The Lady Patriots remained near the top of District 22-5A for another season, going 11-3 and finishing second to earn a spot in this contest.
GCM (20-14) has employed a fast attack on both sides of the floor. Senior Alex Haymon led the team in scoring while Kortney Wright and Ayla Clark surged at season end.
“We definitely learned this season,” GCM head coach Briceida Razo said. “We had injuries early on and we had to make adjustments, and everyone stepped up. We have to continue doing what got us here and continue to show up day in and day out and put in work.”
A key to the team’s development also came via Wright’s increased play at point guard as she took a more vocal role.
Now it’s about taking the recent run of results into the playoffs and parlay that into a win to get things going.
Dayton (19-14) lost 63-37 Friday night against Port Neches-Groves at Barbers Hill High School in a game to decide second and third place out of District 21-5A.
Barbers Hill vs. Texas City 6 p.m.
Monday at Manvel High School
The Lady Eagles (31-4) should be heavily favored coming off of an undefeated District 21-5A season and title while Texas City struggled to get in as District 22-5As fourth-best team.
It adds up to a potential landslide for Barbers Hill, but head coach Bryan Harris is not taking anything for granted.
“Texas City is a well-coached team that understands how to get the ball to their main player,” Harris said. “All their offensives sets seem to run through her and it will be a challenge. We are looking forward to the challenge.”
If Harris can shut down Tahjea Smith of Texas City (13-14), they will have plenty of options of their own including dangerous freshman guard Dalanna Carter who is averaging 22 points a night. Throw in sophomore Rachel Sarlls’ grit, senior Jaelin Holden’s leadership and hybrid game of inside-out attacks, defensive specialist, senior Jazlyn Marcus and shooter Alliece Semien the team can come at you from all directions. Add in junior Kaylee Hornberger who Harris touts as “one of my most coachable kids of all time” and her ability to do the dirty work at a high level, the Lady Eagles have pieces in place for a big run.
“The season has been a pleasant surprise,” Harris said. “Usually with a first-year coach and new ideas, teams tend to struggle until everyone knows the system and philosophies along with expectations. The leadership has been outstanding and we had some quality wins and some tough losses but we won the games we were supposed to win. We have encountered some injuries, but other kids have stepped up and filled those roles. We must be more active on the boards and do a better job at finishing at the rim.”
Harris hopes to make his squad improve its practice habits in order to best serve the Lady Eagles game performances.
“There is no doubt that we play hard during the games and they give it everything they got, but sometimes in practice we get complacent,” Harris said. “My job is to get them to practice harder so the games will not be so hard.”
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