Katy, Morton Ranch girls take early lead in 19-6A
Two undefeated girls basketball teams remained in District 19-6A after the first three dates of the league schedule.
Katy and Morton Ranch were both 14-3 overall after victories Dec. 14, continuing fast starts to the season. The Tigers ran away from Mayde Creek, 70-30, while the Mavericks earned a significant 35-30 victory against Seven Lakes, their first win against the Spartans in a decade.
Katy had a bye during the first night of district play and defeated Katy Taylor 50-30 in its 19-6A opener. The Tigers have been impressive overall this season, winning the Spring Branch ISD Tournament and reaching the Katy Classic quarterfinals.
The Tigers could be tough to catch with one of the district’s most experienced and skilled groups. Seniors Cassidy Howard, Savannah May, Kyandra Cleveland and Cait Calland are among the leaders along with junior forward Allana Thompson.
The Tigers have outscored opponents by an average of 58.1-44.5, with the only defeats to Cypress Ranch, Cypress Creek and Cedar Ridge.
Katy hosts seven-time defending district champion Seven Lakes on Dec. 21. The Tigers handed the Spartans their only league loss last year.
Seven Lakes already has two defeats in league play this year, one in a defensive battle with the Mavericks, who led 13-7 at halftime.
Morton Ranch opened league play with a 46-42 win against Katy Taylor, overcoming a one-point deficit entering the fourth quarter. D’Andrea Hunter scored 20 points to lead the Mavericks, followed by Kamill Rangel (14), Madyson Bailey (7) and Aaliyah Wiley (5).
The Mavericks again finished strong against Mayde Creek, using an 18-8 fourth quarter to pull away 43-31.
Morton Ranch, which won the consolation championship at the Katy Classic, already has more wins than last year. The Mavericks host Tompkins Dec. 21.
Tompkins earned a 66-46 victory against Cinco Ranch on Dec. 14, led by Crystal Smith’s 30 points and six three-pointers. Leanna Yee added 12 for the Falcons.
Cinco Ranch took a 2-1 mark into a Dec. 21 district bye after defeating Mayde Creek 59-42 and Seven Lakes 50-46. It was the Cougars’ first win against the Spartans in seven years.
Cinco Ranch, Morton Ranch and Mayde Creek earned wins on opening night of the boys 19-6A schedule Dec. 14.
The Cougars upended defending district and regional champion Tompkins 77-60. Mayde Creek held off Katy 66-59. The Rams host Katy Taylor in their next district game Dec. 21.
Morton Ranch defeated Seven Lakes 61-49 despite still not playing at full strength. Adrian Caldwell (15 points, 13 rebounds) and Eddie Lampkin (15 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks) achieved double-doubles, while Westley Sellers added 12 points and Isaiah Babalola contributed 10 points and eight steals.