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Not pretty, but a win 18 December 2007

Posted by Observer Sports in Atascocita, Dekaney, Game recaps, Kingwood, Kingwood Park, Updates.
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The Atascocita girls won their first district game of the year Monday night, pulling away with a 16-4 advantage in the fourth quarter for a 53-37 win against an overmatched Baytown Lee squad. Nadia Taylor scored a season-high 27 points for the Lady Eagles, most of them from about two feet away. Kayla Bogs added 9 points and showed the best outside shooting of the day for Atascocita.

Other than Taylor, however, Atascocita was pretty unimpressive. The Lady Eagles have more depth inside than they did at the beginning of the season, but their passing and free-throw shooting were erratic. To be fair, however, head coach Tricia Gutierrez used all 11 players at her disposal with regular frequency, trying to get everybody on her deep squad some minutes. With a 9-6 record, Atascocita faces Katy Seven Lakes on Friday and will play in the Willis Tournament Dec. 27-29.

The real tests will come in January. Early-season losses to Baytown Sterling and Kingwood, two of its main playoff competitors, have put Atascocita in a hole. The buzzwords around the team, like last year, have been “team chemistry.” With it, the Lady Eagles are competitive; without it, they struggle on the floor. Of course, the games when they lack team chemistry often just happen to coincide with the tougher games. Will the Lady Eagles be able to toughen up in district play? We’ll find out in 2008, with an opening stretch of three games in seven nights against Beaumont West Brook, Port Arthur Memorial and Humble.

OTHER GAMES
Joey went to see the Humble-P.A. Memorial girls game tonight, but the game appeared to be canceled. More on that later. The Kingwood girls, however, moved to 3-0 with a 45-39 win over Baytown Sterling.

On the boys side, Kingwood beat Clear Creek 59-49. Kingwood Park played Spring Dekaney in a JV game, and I’m not sure who won. In the same e-mail, I saw the score as Kingwood Park 51, Spring Dekaney 50 and Dekaney winning 60-51. I believe Dekaney did win, which is interesting to see. Sebastian Douglas and Darius Graves each had 15 points for the new Wildcats, while Jake Powell netted 21 and Kolby Chandler 11 for K-Park, which opens district play Friday night.

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