GCM, RSS play well at various tournaments
The Barbers Hill girls basketball program finished in third place of the Division 2 Gold Bracket in the McDonald’s Texas Invitational Saturday at Pasadena High School.
The Lady Eagles (12-1) lost their first game of the season, 50-36 against Clear Falls earlier in the day before wrapping up with a 58-38 victory over Cy-Fair.
“We head into the Thanksgiving break 12-1 and still trying to get better,” Barbers Hill head coach Bryan Harris said. “We are still looking and build depth and increase confidence. I am happy with our progress so far this season.”
The Crosby girls (3-6) took second place in the Division 2 Bronze bracket with a 49-35 win over Pasadena Memorial and then a 52-27 loss to Deer Park to wrap up play.
On the boys side, both Sterling (1-5) and Crosby dropped their final games on Saturday.
Sterling dropped a 70-43 decision against Brazoswood to finish last in the Pool B Silver Bracket while the Cougars (4-2) defeat Houston Lamar 63-58, to take third place.
Barbers Hill finished a 3-0 pool play record Friday with a 74-33 win over the Crosby Lady Cougars Friday in Pasadena.
With the win, the Lady Eagles moved into the Division 2 Gold Bracket semifinals and a morning matchup with Clear Falls on Saturday.
The winner of that game would take on the Cy-Fair/Lake Ridge matchup in the bracket final later that day.
In the win against Crosby, Dalanna Carter (28 points, five assists) and Jaelin Holden (16 points, seven rebounds) led the way for Barbers Hill.
“It was great defensive pressure and execution on offense,” Barbers Hill head coach Bryan Harris said. “It will be a big challenge in the semifinals. It is always good to compete against the best teams.”
For Crosby, the matchup was just one in a line of learning experiences for a young squad.
“We had good effort from our kids,” Crosby head coach Michelle Trotter said. “I feel good about the things that we did. We are going to work on some things and it’s a long season.”
Crosby played Pasadena Memorial in the Division 2 Bronze bracket Saturday morning.
Sterling goes 2-1 at Houston Christian
The Lady Rangers moved to 4-2 overall and recorded a third straight win at the Houston Christian Tournament.
Sterling defeated St. Pius 50-46 on Friday as they battled back from a 13-point deficit.
Precious Johnson (12 points, five rebounds), Ariel Kettle and Aaliyah Jordan (nine points apiece) and Bailee St. Romain (eight points) led Sterling to the win.
Thursday, the Lady Rangers fell to the hosts, 48-45 as Johnson and Romain scored 19 and nine points respectively.
They bounced back with a 65-26 win over International Leadership of Texas.
Johnson and Romain each finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds while Ambria Roberts added nine points and Aubren Payne chipped in with eight points.
The Lady Rangers played Lutheran South and a final bracket game on Saturday.
GCM has strong start in Sharpstown
The Lady Patriots are now 4-1 this season after sweeping action on Day 1 at the Sharpstown Showcase on Friday.
GCM routed North Side 84-25 behind Alex Haymon (23 points) and Acacia Barnaba (16 points) and rolled past the hosts, 94-50 as Haymon (27 points), Barnaba (24 points) and Indya Cooper (16 points) paced the attack.
The Lady Patriots wrapped up play Saturday with games against Houston Furr and Stratford.
For a recap of the tournament on girls basketball action Saturday read an upcoming edition of the Baytown Sun.