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Basketball roundup: Hargrave boys advances to third round

February 25, 2019

All four area basketball teams, both the Crosby and Hargrave boys and girls teams, made the playoffs.

It was the second consecutive year of that happening.

The Hargrave Falcons went undefeated in District 21-4A play, claiming their third district championship in the last four seasons.

They beat West Orange-Stark 65-46 in the first round of the playoffs and beat Furr 61-56 in the second round.

The Falcons advanced to the third round, the regional quarterfinals, for the second time in the past two seasons.

“We’ve come a long way,” said coach Scott Barrett. “It really started with our younger groups. These kids were in fifth grade when I first came here and now it’s coming into fruition.”

As of the time of publication, the Hargrave boys basketball team had not played its regional quarterfinal game. Check www.chron.com/neighborhood/

lakehouston for updates.

The Hargrave Lady Falcons made the playoffs for the second consecutive season, entering the playoffs as the third seed from District 21-4A.

They lost to Silsbee 62-34 in the first round of the playoffs.

“My biggest takeaway from the season is that we are heading in the right direction,” said coach Kevin Grider. “The varsity had a better record than we did last year and our junior varsity went undefeated in district. The girls are seeing it too, and they are buying into what we are trying to implement.”

“I am already excited for next year. With so many seniors graduating, the team is going to look different. We are going to change some of the things we do, and I know this team is going to be capable of accomplishing any task we give them.”

The Crosby Cougars made it to the playoffs for the second consecutive season, entering the playoffs as the fourth seed from District 22-5A.

They lost to Barbers Hill 67-38 in the first round of the playoffs.

“As coaches, we often struggle with having the necessary patience to be repetitive with such a young team,” said coach Edwin Egans. “Having six sophomores in the top of your rotation encourages you to be patient. I’m proud of the growth these players made throughout the season.”

“I have the upmost respect for our seniors: Kion Gonzales, Caleb Bernardez, Dawson Harris, Kowyn Kirkwood, and VJ Hartfield. Not only did these seniors bring a calming effect to our team on the court but willingly offered positive leadership to the young guys during difficult times.”

The Crosby Lady Cougars made the playoffs for a second consecutive season and the fourth time in five seasons, entering the playoffs as the fourth seed from District 22-5A.

They beat District 21-5A champions Barbers Hill in overtime in the first round of the playoffs, marking the first time in 14 years that Barbers Hill lost its first round playoff game.

Crosby lost to Hightower 91-47 in the second round of the playoffs.

“That bi-district game was huge for us to win the way that we did,” said coach Michelle Trotter. “To me it says a lot about our kids, and it also tells a lot to our younger kids. We were down nine points with two minutes to go and probably a lot of people wrote us off, and there was probably a little bit of doubt in our minds at times, but we never gave up; we kept playing.”

“Going forward, I think we are going to benefit greatly from having the youth that we had this year with us on varsity all season long. I think those kids learned a lot. They learned what it takes to have a program and what it takes day in and day out as far as the work ethic. We’re losing a lot with BJ (Briauna Johnson) and Ta’Nya (Gibson), but I’m excited to see what they are able to do going forward because of their experiences this year.”

elliott.lapin@hearst.com