No. 2 University 66, Bryan 54
The second-ranked Trojans used a balanced scoring effort to run away from the Vikings and remain perfect in District 18-5A.
University (21-8, 7-0) put four players in double figures – Umoja Gibson (14), Antoine Hailey (14), Justin Williams (12) and Jibrael Washington (11).
Lorena 59, Connally 41
Lorena coach Rodney Gee seldom runs out of energy during a game. As Tuesday’s contest against the Lady Cadets progressed, his team matched their coach’s intensity.
Long-range sniper Carly Campbell pumped in 26 points, and the Lady Leopards used a third-quarter surge to put Connally in the rear-view mirror.
“I don’t think our intensity and focus was very good early in the game,” Gee said. “That’s one thing we’ve talked about all the time. If we can control that, if we can control our energy, our focus, I didn’t think it was great early in the game. But give Connally a lot of credit, they came out and played really well early.”
If she can get a clean look, Campbell is always a threat to deposit the ball in the basket. The senior guard drilled three 3-pointers in the first quarter and five for the first half, and also beat Connally on a couple of sneaky backdoor cuts.
A sign on the wall of the gym reads “Lady Cadets: Army of One,” and that’s a fitting mantra for Connally (17-15, 2-6) this season. The Lady Cadets lost their top player Tontyana Sanders to a preseason ACL injury, then suffered another big blow when their new leading scorer, freshman guard Miannah Little, went down with a fractured ankle at the M.T. Rice Tournament.
“When you’ve got 45 points sitting over there on your bench, it’s tough,” Connally coach Taylor Sims said. “But the girls played hard. I thought we did a good job to get (the deficit) to six (points) in the third quarter.”
Indeed, Connally trimmed Lorena’s lead to 27-21, but then the crafty Campbell got loose on a backdoor cut while drawing a foul. Down the stretch, the Lady Leopards were able to extend the lead by pickpocketing Connally’s guards and racing out in transition.
Steelie Priest chipped in 13 points for Lorena (20-8, 6-4).
Sophomore post Heaven Lang-Tucker led Connally with 21.
McGregor 61, Whitney 56
Behind 28 points behind the typically prolific Mary Graves, McGregor took down the Lady Wildcats in 19-3A action.
Kylie Smith dropped in 14 points for the Lady Bulldogs (15-8, 7-2).
Reagan Montgomery swished in 23 points for Whitney (9-16, 6-4).
China Spring 45, Robinson 37
The Lady Cougars continue to get the job done defensively, and it made a difference in a District 17-4A win over the Rockettes.
China Spring (15-9, 6-2) held Robinson to a combined 10 points in the second and third quarters.
Summer Emblem scored 12 points to lead China Spring, and Gabrielle Cleveland added 11.