Basketball: Early test set for schools in northwest
Two teams picked to advance to the postseason — Cy Woods in District 17-5A and Tomball in 13-5A - meet as predistrict play begins to wind down for both clubs.
The Texas Association of Basketball Coaches tabs Tomball to place third in 13-5A behind Dekaney and Klein Collins, and ahead of Westfield, and has Cy Woods finishing fourth in back of Cy-Fair, Cy Falls and Cy Creek.
Tomball has defeated Cy Woods in each of the past two seasons winning 57-40 last year and 51-45 in 2008, so the Lady Wildcats are out to even the score.
ABOUT THE GAME
• Matchup: Tomball at Cy Woods
• When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8
• Where: Cy Woods High School
• What's at stake: A victory against an opponent that's going to be a playoff team as far as TABC preseason predictions go
• Cy Woods players to watch: G Jennifer Nash, G Audrey Garcia, G Chelsi Grimes, G Justice Crisp, F Desarae Robertson, P Jourdan Hicks
• Tomball players to watch: P Jessica Burton, F-P Braelyn Blair, G Allayna Waters, F Lauren Jimmerson, G Lexe Marks
• Cy Woods: The Lady Wildcats' impressive 13-2 beginning featured a recent six-game win streak over St. Agnes 58-40, Lamar Consolidated 76-39, Alief Taylor 43-39, Victoria West 52-36, Memorial 61-50 and Stratford 44-19. The only losses were to Seven Lakes 44-38 and state-ranked (Class 5A No. 2) Atascocita 54-29. Cy Woods opened the season by beating Fort Bend Travis 69-28, Friendswood 66-35, Victoria West 51-37, Dobie 82-32 and Hamshire-Fannett 64-44, and there's also a 70-63 triumph over Bush ... Nash is averaging more than 16 points and Garcia scores over 12 per game ... After facing Tomball, Cy Woods hosts Spring at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 in its final predistrict game. Coach Virginia Flores' Lady Wildcats entertain Cy Lakes in a 17-5A opener at 4 p.m. on Dec. 17 ... Cy Woods was fourth in district last season and was edged 56-51 in overtime by Georgetown in the first round.
• Tomball: The Lady Cougars had victories over Magnolia 43-38, Kingwood Park 33-27, Conroe 43-24 and MacArthur 42-39, and losses to Class 4A No. 8 Mansfield Summit 44-35, 5A No. 1 Cy Falls 58-27, A&M Consolidated 51-36 and Corpus Christi Ray 37-33 during a 4-4 start ... Burton and Blair have been the scoring leaders averaging more than 10 per outing, and Burton led with 10 points in the win over MacArthur last week ... Tomball placed second behind Klein Collins in 13-5A last season and fell to Lufkin 75-51 in the opening round of the Region II playoffs ... Coach Karen Lemker's Lady Cougars begin 13-5A by hosting Klein Oak at 7 p.m. on Dec. 14.
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