Scores and recaps of games from the Peggy Whitley Classic girls basketball tournament hosted by Clear Creek High School.
Clear Creek 50, Cypress-Fairbanks 37
The young Clear Creek Wildcat girls basketball team pulled out a solid win over the Cy-Fair Lady Bobcats on the final day of the 60th annual Peggy Whitley Classic at Butler Gym.
Clear Creek started out the game strong by scoring the first seven points of the game.
One of Ana Rodriguez’s two 3s in the first quarter started the run, and the Wildcats 3-point shooting (3-for-6 compared to Cy-Fair’s 0-5) was key to Clear Creek winning the first quarter, 15-4.
In the final 3:58 of the second quarter, the Lady Bobcats went on an 11-3 run to trim the Wildcat lead to 19-21 going into halftime.
Cy-Fair won the second quarter 15-7 in large part to the bench tandem of Brianne Geaslin (six points) and Oriana Gee (four points) combined to score 10 of the Lady Bobcats 15 points in the quarter.
In a low-scoring start to the second half, Sam Simmons (game-high 13 points off the bench and 11 of those in the second half) was responsible for all five Clear Creek points in the third with a driving layup with 4:54 left in the third and swishing a corner 3 at the 4:16 mark.
The Lady Bobcats would respond to score the final five points in the third quarter.
Cy-Fair’s Samantha Meyers corralled a defensive rebound and dribbled cross court to the 3-point line and swished a stop-and-pop three for the games first and only tie at 27-27 to start the fourth quarter.
But the Wildcats quickly jumped back in front scoring six straight points in a 56-second span when Simmons scored two baskets inside and Kyndal Johnson delivered a nice pass to Aiken Semones for a layup.
After Meyers connected on another 3-pointer to cut the game back to a one-possession difference, Semones responded with a 3-pointer of her own putting Clear Creek up 36-30 with 4:55 left in the game.
Semones' 3 started a 9-0 Wildcat run as Clear Creek would once again pull away.
In the final 2:26, Clear Creek’s final 12 points of the game came on free throws. The Wildcats made 12 of 15 in this span.
Clear Creek won the turnover battle 26-14 that included the Wildcats not turning the ball over in the second quarter and only once in the critical fourth quarter.
Semones scored 12 points, Rodriguez chipped in with eight points, and DeAzhia Smith had seven points for the Wildcats.
Venessa Contreras led Cy-Fair with 10 points and seven rebounds. Amanda Turpin tallied seven points for the Lady Bobcats.
The Wildcats will be looking to build on the positives of going 2-1 in the Peggy Whitley Classic, when Clear Creek tangles with St. Agnes at home 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Clear Springs 44, Ball High 31
In the final game for both teams in the 60th annual CCISD Peggy Whitley Classic, Clear Springs jumped out to a 13-3 first-quarter lead and never looked back to finish 2-1 in tournament play.
Despite trailing 33-18 at the half, the Lady Tors continued to fight in the second half, as Ball High won the half 13-11.
Clear Springs spread the wealth offensively as four players scored six or more points led by Dymond Gladney's nine points.
Other Charger leaders were Blaise Blair (eight points), Taylor Singleton (seven points), and Destiny Broussard (six points).
Bebe Galloway led the Lady Tors with game-high 10 points and Nina Kovach tallied eight points for Ball High.
Both teams will be back in action 7 p.m. Tuesday as Clear Springs travels to Cy Ranch and Ball High (1-0 in 23-5A) continues district play at home against Texas City (1-0).
Goose Creek Memorial 49, Clear Falls 27
Goose Creek Memorial used an 18-2 run in the first half, won the rebound battle 37-21, and three players scored 31 of the team's 49 points as the Lady Patriots sent Clear Falls to defeat in their final tournament game in the Peggy Whitley Classic.
With under a minute to go in the first quarter and the score tied at 10-10, both teams combined for five lead changes and three ties. But in the course of 29 seconds, three consecutive baskets from Lady Patriot Jordan Walker (all 10 points in first half) that was aided by two Knight turnovers gave Goose Creek Memorial a 16-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
Post Bre’Lyn Adams set the tone early for the Lady Patriots with her workman-like mentality by corralling nine of her 12 rebounds and scoring six of her 10 points in the first quarter.
Goose Creek Memorial would continue their run in the second by scoring the first four points before Piper Stephenson nailed a free throw line jumper at the 3:20 mark for Clear Falls only points of the quarter.
Lauryn Small scored the first four points in the second half for the Knights, that included a tough and-one, but the Lady Patriots would score the final 11 points in the third to take a 39-16 lead into the final quarter.
Clear Falls would not give up, as the Knights scored the first eight points in the fourth quarter to win the period 11-10.
Gabby Cantu tallied 11 points for the Lady Patriots.
Nine Clear Falls players scored at least two points, led by Small’s seven points. Jojo Adegbite had a strong performance off the bench with a team-high six rebounds for the Knights.
Clear Falls will be looking to bounce back as the Knights host Richmond Foster an Tuesday. First tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Fort Bend Ridge Point 56, Clear Springs 54
In what was foreshadowing, Clear Springs led almost the entire first half until Lady Panther Jade McHenry scored inside at the waning seconds to give the Lady Panthers a 25-24 halftime lead.
In a back-and-fourth second half, Clear Springs won the third quarter 15-12 to take a 39-37 lead into the final quarter.
Clear Springs started off fast in the fourth quarter scoring five quick points as the first 52 seconds ticked off the clock, with a 3-pointer by McKenna Worrell and 2-point basket from Blaise Blair to take a seven-point lead.
The Chargers maintained their fourth quarter lead until a McHenry basket with 2:08 left in the game putting Ridge Point up 50-49.
Trailing by three points with 25 seconds left, Clear Springs got a basket from Worrell (14 seconds) and a Lady Panther turnover that led to Symone Siverand connect on one-of-two free throws to tie the game with at 54-54 with 8.1 seconds left in the game.
Caroline Decker's layup as time expired propelled the Lady Panthers to victory.
Clear Springs' Achilles heel in the fourth quarter was free throws. The Chargers made 4 of 10 whereas Ridge Point connected on 7 of 8, including all four in the final 1:33 (Clear Springs was 3-for-6 in this time frame).
Taylor Thomas was cooking for the Lady Panthers in connecting on five 3-pointers in route to a game-high 22 points. McHenry added 13 points and Aleighyah Fontenot had eight points for Ridge Point.
Dymond Gladney had a stat stuffing game for the Chargers scoring 19 points, corralling six rebounds, dished out four assists and three steals.
Worrell finished with nine points, Blair with eight points, and Symone Siverand hauled in six rebounds for Clear Springs
Clear Lake 37, Ball High 31
The Lady Tors jumped out to a 12-6 first quarter lead, but Clear Lake slowly started clawing back from its deficit.
After Ball High had a 22-19 halftime lead, Clear Lake contained to shave points to trail 29-30 going in the final quarter.
The Falcons held the Lady Tors to only one point in the fourth quarter that aided Clear Lake to complete the comeback.
Lexie Graham nailed a 3-pointer in every quarter to score a game-high 15 points for the Falcons. Dominic Smauldon chipped in with eight points for Clear Lake.
Bebe Galloway tallied 13 points and Adriana Smith had eight points for the Tors.
Manvel 54, Clear Falls 39
Clear Falls could not overcome eight first quarter turnovers that played a role in the Lady Mavs winning the opening quarter 16-10.
McKinzie Green scored 11 of her team's 17 points in the third quarter to help Manvel take a commanding 44-28 lead going into the final quarter. Green finished the game with a game-high 24 points.
Madison Lussier had double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds for Clear Falls.
Anita Parrott had eight points and six rebounds for the Knights.
Clear Creek 43, Willis 32
In a battle-tested afternoon game, the Wildcats won every quarter and had nine players score at least one point to pick up a win in their opening tournament game at the 60th annual CCISD Peggy Whitley Classic.
After the Wildcats won the first quarter 13-9, 3-pointers from Ana Rodriguez and Aiken Semones propelled the Clear Creek offense in the second quarter to a 23-14 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Rodriguez (team-high 14 points) and DeAzhia Smith (13 points) each connected on some difficult shots combined for nine of the teams 11 points to help the Wildcats take a 34-24 lead going into the fourth.
Five different Wildcats contributed into Clear Creek’s nine-point final quarter.
Semones tallied six points and six rounds for the Wildcats.