Bobcats surging into the playoffs
By TODD HVEEM
The Cy-Fair Lady Bobcats will begin their trek toward a fourth straight state-tournament berth later this week.
And don't bet against them.
We are feeling pretty good right now,'' admitted Cy-Fair head coach Ann Roubique, who has guided her club to a remarkable 24-1 record and the No. 1 ranking in the Houston area.
But we know we can't afford any mistakes now,'' she added. It is really kind of scary.''
Last year, Cy-Fair upset College Park in the regional finals to make it three straight trips to the final four.
This year, the District 15-5A-champion Lady Bobcats enter the playoffs as the overwhelming favorites to win the Region II-5A title for the fourth consecutive season.
This team is so different than the other three,'' Roubique said. It isn't an apples to apples or oranges to oranges comparison.
We don't have the size we had in the last visits (to state),'' Roubique said. We have more role players right now than we have had in the past. This year's team is real hard to compare with the other ones.''
This year's team does have one staple in 6-foot-2 center Chiney Ogwumike, who recently was selected to play in the McDonald's All-America game and was a first-team WCBA All-American.
Ogwumike, who will play college ball at Stanford with her sister Nneka, is averaging 25 points and 12 rebounds per game.
Chiney knew coming into this season how it was going to be,'' Roubique said. She has handled it, accepted it and all the kids have followed her.
She is definitely our leader,'' Roubique added. It is kind of unfair to compare her to her sister. They are different players. Their approach is a little different. But they are both very strong in leadership skills, preparation and that stuff. Those comparisons are dead on. Chiney gets her point across like her sister did.''
Chiney also has point guard Cassie Peoples to give her the basketball. Peoples also is one of the top guards in the state.
We had Lindsey Harding (who played at Duke) who was pretty special, too,'' Roubique said. She just didn't have the personnel around her.
But there is no question that Cassie is special,'' she added. She is a true point guard.''
Roubique said the Lady Bobcats' goal is to keep playing every Tuesday and Friday until the regional tournament.
If we can do that, we know we have another game,'' she said. We just have to stay healthy. Right now, everybody is good as far as health goes. But you never know.''
Cy-Fair's only loss came against Mansfield Summit in the finals of the McDonald's Invitational tournament.
I think we played well against them the first time,'' Roubique said. When it came down to the end of the game, there were some things we didn't do in order to win. They finished some plays. They forced some action and we didn't counteract that. We didn't take care of the ball and they did things to make it happen. That was the difference in the game.
But we know we can play with them,'' she added. Of course, if we play them again, they also know they can beat us. The good thing is we don't have to worry about them for a while.''
Last year, Cy-Fair beat College Park in the regional finals after losing to the Cavaliers by more than 20 points in the regular season.
I don't think a lot of people thought we would beat College Park last year,'' Roubique said. It just goes to show you that you have to live in the moment. If you look too far ahead, nothing will be there for you (in the end).''
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