Rematches did nothing to halt the current Class 5A Girls’ Basketball playoff runs of the Manvel Lady Mavericks and the Shadow Creek Lady Sharks in the area round last weekend.
The Lady Mavericks pulled away in the second half for a 62-44 triumph over Friendswood on Friday at Alvin High School, while the Lady Sharks topped Galveston Ball by a 71-40 count Friday night at Pasadena’s Phillips Field House.
The above teams faced each other on the 2019 area playoff hoop stage with the Lady Mavericks and Lady Sharks both emerging victorious the first time around, as well.
Manvel (22-12), who has made the playoffs for 12 consecutive seasons, now advances to meet Hightower at in the 5A regional quarterfinals on Tuesday at Sugar Land’s Wheeler Field House at 6 p.m. Shadow Creek (31-4) will be making its second school history appearance in the third round by hosting Richmond Foster on Tuesday at the “Shark Tank” in Pearland at 5:30 p.m.
Friendswood gave Manvel all it could handle during the first half of the contest in Alvin, cutting an 11-point deficit down to five at 28-23 at intermission. However, Lady Mavericks’ sophomore guard Jordyn Marshall (game-high 20 points) opened the third quarter with seven straight points to spark a 12-0 run, paving the way for Manvel to finally pull away from the pesky Lady Mustangs.
“At halftime, we told our girls to simply stop fouling,” Lady Mavericks’ head coach Jhared Marshall said following the game. “When you foul a team, you give them confidence and you are going to see the ball go through the basket, especially with a good free throw shooting team like Friendswood.
“We just said, stop fouling and be smarter. We kind of lost our head towards the end (of the first half). I told our girls don’t come out like you are up five points. Friendswood’s coach is telling them they got all the momentum. The score is 0-0.”
The Lady Mavs heeded their first-year head coach’s message with the younger Marshall knocking down back-to-back treys and hitting one of two free throws, while sophomore Jade
Miller (10 points) added a pair of charity stripe conversions and a three-pointer to increase Manvel’s lead to 40-23 with 3:16 remaining in the period.
Ashlyn Mason (16 points) finally ended the scoreless string inside for Friendswood with 2:48 left, but Miller and Ciara Dorsey followed with buckets and the Lady Mavs cruised the rest of the way.
Manvel took a comfortable 51-32 advantage into the fourth with the Lady Mustangs never getting any closer than 14 the rest of the way.
“I’m real happy for her (Jordyn Marshall),” Marshall said. “She’s had an up and down season. “She’s been in kind of a sophomore slump, because when she was a freshman, the ball would go in a lot more for her. I’m happy for her shaking off the rust off where it really counts.”
The teams traded the lead four times early on with Daniela Perdomo’s jumper giving the Lady Mavs the upper hand for good at 8-7 midway in the opening period.
Manvel led 13-9 after the initial eight minutes and extended its lead to 28-17 with 3:10 remaining in the second quarter behind two Marshall treys and another three-pointer by Miller.
However, the Lady Mustangs turned a Manvel technical foul into a period-ending 6-0 run with four straight tallies by Mason making it a 28-23 affair at the break.
Getting off to a commanding 19-0 start paved the way for the Lady Mavs to put a dominating 75-21 Class 5A Bi-District Girls’ Basketball Playoff stamp over Northside on Feb. 17 at Barnett Field House in Houston.
Ashlynn Freeman tossed in a game-high 16 points for Manvel. Daniela Perdomo pumped in 13 points for the Lady Mavs and Marshall and Laila Polk added 10 points apiece.
Perdomo scored all 13 of her points during the first quarter, while Marshall drilled a pair of three-pointers and Aiyana Sam also contributed from trey country. Manvel held a 26-8 advantage after one period and continued to build on its lead in the second, thanks to six tallies by Freeman and pair of Marshall buckets.
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