Girls basketball: Bobcats entering new era
Even without an Ogwumike on the roster, Cy-Fair is ranked among the best in the state, and even though it's a new team, and a new era for the Lady Bobcats, you really can't blame the voters.
Cy-Fair's recent resume is highlighted by 5A state titles in 2007-08 and last season, four consecutive trips to the state tournament, and a 149-8 overall record during those four years.
Cy-Fair graduates Nneka Ogwumik (class of 2008) and her younger sister Chiney Ogwumike (2010) were a huge part of the success, and they're now teammates at NCAA powerhouse Stanford, so it's time to move on, but it won't be easy with the Lady Bobcats still a top-10 target.
In the Texas Girls Coaches Association 5A preseason top 10 poll, Cy-Fair is No. 9 coming in behind (in order from No. 1) Hightower, San Antonio Jay, Georgetown, Irving MacArthur, San Antonio Wagner, Dallas Skyline, Pflugerville and Duncanville, and in front of No. 10 Timberview.
It's an honor to be ranked, by Cy-Fair's 21st-year coach Ann Roubique is more interested in other matters, like just getting out of District 17-5A.
"Making the playoffs is our No. 1 priority and focus, along with constant improvement during the early part of the season," she said. "We have some veterans returning, but we also have to work some new and younger players into the lineup, and that's what this time of the season is all about."
Cy-Fair is of course going to be listed among the District 17-5A favorites, but maybe not at No. 1, at least according to Roubique.
"There's going to be a lot more parity, and Cy Falls has a lot of good players coming back, and they might be the team to beat," she said. "Cy Creek had some really strong sub-varsity teams last year, and Langham Creek and Cy Woods will also be strong.
"Cy Lakes and Cy Ranch will be playing with seniors for the first time, and even though they didn't have seniors last season, they played very well, and a year of experience will go a long for them this season.
"You just can't mimic experience."
Cy-Fair's worldliness is fueled by senior guards and returning starters Cassie People, Tara Warren and Danika Cervenka, and another senior guard, Kelsi Corrales, was a top reserve last season.
Senior Kayla Elliott and junior Nicole Martin are also key parts of a team that's just starting to develop and come together.
"A lot of the pieces are young and inexperienced to the varsity level, so the veterans will have to step up and bring it all into focus," Roubique said. "We have to work it all out, and that's why the early part of the season is going to be even more important for us."
The Lady Wildcats open with consecutive 7 p.m. road games on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at Westside, on Friday, Nov. 12, at No. 1 Hightower, and on Nov. 16 at Cinco Ranch.
They also compete in the Texas Invitational Tournament in Pasadena on Nov. 18-20 before playing the first home game at 7 p.m. on Nov. 22 against Elsik.
The 17-5A opener is Dec. 17 with Cy Falls.
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