Cypress Falls girls complete sweep of Cy-Fair with win
Larissa Scott wanted to leave no doubt that Cypress Falls is the better team this season.
After handing Cy-Fair its first district loss in six years in their first meeting, the Lady Golden Eagles came out with a purpose in the rematch Tuesday at home, rolling to a 67-48 win in District 17-5A.
"The first time they said it was luck," Scott said. "This shows it wasn't."
With a sweep of the Lady Bobcats (19-11, 9-2) in hand, Cy Falls (32-1, 11-0) is firmly in control of its district championship destiny, standing just two wins away from its first title in 14 years.
Cy-Fair's only lead was 2-0, which the Lady Eagles answered with an 8-0 run and never looked back. Shernise Robertson's jumper as the buzzer sounded on the first half put them up 38-18.
"We knew this was going to be tough coming in because they're the reigning champions," Cy Falls coach Jim Stephens said. "And I was really proud of our girls.
"They responded, they played hard for 32 minutes and they did what we needed to do to win today."
Stephens couldn't have been happier afterward. This and Cy Falls' 66-44 win Dec. 17 are his only wins over Cy-Fair, and the only ones for the first senior class he's coached all the way through.
"It's really pleasing to see these girls who've come all the way through our program to buy in and to work hard — and work together - to accomplish something great like this," Stephens said.
The Lady Eagles, ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 5A, worked together on defense in the first half, forcing nine turnovers while committing just one. And those extra shots early were the difference.
"We definitely let them get to us early with their pressure, some lazy passes and stuff, but they definitely caused those turnovers," Cy-Fair coach Ann Roubique said.
"The second half we played even with them, so we dug ourselves a hole, and you can't do that against Cy Falls or anybody of that caliber."
Especially not when they're out to get you - and the intensity in the opposing gym is palpable.
"I'm sure they're tired of us," Roubique joked. "I completely understand that."
Texas commit Cassie Peoples was in attack mode in the second half but she had to work hard for her game-high 23 points, going just 7-of-22 from the field. She added three assists and two steals.
Tara Warren had nine points and eight rebounds for Cy-Fair, which shot just 26 percent (16-of-61), offsetting a slight edge in rebounds.
Scott did most of her damage in the first half, recording 11 points and 10 boards by halftime. She finished with 13 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks.
Sadalia Ellis added 12 points and Macy Moore had 11 with three 3-pointers.
"Larissa Scott is giving us everything we need, offensively, defensively, getting steals and making things happen, running the floor every possession - she's really been a great leader for us," Stephens said.
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