Girls’ basketball: Friendswood races past Texas City, 60-24
Although the outcome was just briefly in doubt Tuesday night, it was the manner in which Friendswood’s 60-24 victory evolved over Texas City that brought satisfaction to Lady Mustang head coach Daron Scott.
“After a tough loss at home Friday against a really good Goose Creek (Memorial) team, I wanted to see what our response was,” Scott said. “The girls did an outstanding job, establishing our defense from the get-go.
“We paid really good attention to the game plan, and I was proud of their maturity in coming back from that loss.”
Friendswood (18-7, 9-1) clinched a playoff berth with the triumph and maintained a one-game lead over the Lady Patriots with four games left on the District 22-5A schedule.
The Lady Mustangs scored the game’s first 15 points, led 19-4 after one quarter while not allowing a field goal in the opening eight minutes.
Sophomore guard Ashlyn Ryall scored six first-quarter points while sophomore post Ashlyn Mason made five of six free throws in the opening period in helping fuel Friendswood to the comfortable lead.
In the second quarter, Lady Mustang junior guard Nicole Nash buried a pair of 3-pointers and Ryall connected on a trey as Friendswood continued to pull away.
By halftime, the Lady Mustangs built a comfortable 40-10 bulge, and limited Texas City to just one field goal.
“Texas City likes to push the pace, and I thought we did a good job in transition,” Scott said. “We finished layups, and that allowed us to get in our press.
“It was good for Nicole to see the ball go through the net. It didn’t happen last game for her. Ryall got to the rim and made a couple of shots. Those two worked well together.
“Mason, down low, scored, rebounded, and she had four or five blocked shots. She continues to be a force inside.”
In the second half, Scott substituted frequently, getting all of his players plenty of playing time.
Lady Mustang junior Sami Page scored four of Friendswood’s evenly-distributed third-quarter points as the advantage swelled to 50-14 entering the final period.
Sophomore Parker Burris and senior Abby Manchaca helped Friendswood maintain control in the closing eight minutes.
“We have just a one-game lead, but I like it that we control our destiny,” Scott said. “We have to go to Santa Fe and Galveston Ball in our last four games.
“We still have a lot of work to do, but I like that we control our seeding.”