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Kingwood takes impressive win over Westfield 8 December 2007

Posted by Joe Musarra in Analysis.
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Kingwood was once again able to jump out to a big lead, but this time, never allowing Westfield to get back into the game, to cruise to a 63-41 victory.

Westfield played furious defense in the first half, making the other Mustangs, Kingwood, work for every shot. It was on the other end of the court where Westfield struggled.

When Westfield was not being stifled by Kingwood’s D, Westfield could not get a shot to fall, while Kingwood seemed to be hitting form anywhere they pleased on the court, in particular, from behind the arc.

Although Westfield went into the half down by 12, the team carried themselves as if they were still in it, but Kingwood would up the tempo further in the second half, slowly pulling away from Westfield.

Nick James led Kingwood in scoring with 16, hitting four three pointers in route to the win, while Doug Demas lead Westfield scorers with 10, including two threes.

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Humble girls take impressive win in district debut 5 December 2007

Posted by Joe Musarra in Analysis, Game recaps, Humble, Updates.
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The Humble girls made an impressive debut tonight against District 21-5A foe Baytown Lee, crushing the Ganders 53-37 after a dominant second half.

Lee was able to hang with the Wildcats through the first half before Humble emerged in the second half, shutting down the Ganders on offense and limiting them to only 12 second-half points.

First-year coach Blair Redmon has the team clicking;  the Lady Wildcats I saw tonight looked like an entirely different team from the one I saw early in the season at the Conroe Tournament. Humble was flying around the court, making crisp passes, playing some tenacious defense and, more impressively, coming together and really playing as a team.

Jessica Hines and Kierra White lead the team in scoring, each with 10 points, while Jakieta Baxter and Katrice Price both scored 9 on the night.

Baytown Lee 13 12 6 6 37
Humble 16 15 15 7 53

Westfield football season comes to a close 1 December 2007

Posted by Observer Sports in Game recaps, Updates, Westfield.
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It’s a final score from Round Rock ISD Stadium, and it’s not good news. Plano 31, Westfield 19. Here’s the game recap from Austin / Round Rock.

In other 5A action around the state today:

Katy 30, Pasadena Memorial 14
Abilene 22, Southlake Carroll 21 (Riley Dodge was injured in the second quarter and Carroll fumbled in field-goal range in the last minute)
Pflugerville 20, Dallas Carter 18
Fort Bend Hightower 24, Cy Ridge 21
S.A. Reagan 49, Los Fresnos 28
Converse Judson 34, La Joya 16
Euless Trinity 38, Odessa Permian 14
Longview 40, Leander 21
Dallas Skyline 13, Round Rock 10
Fort Bend Clements 31, Stratford 27

Lone Star Invitational 1 December 2007

Posted by Observer Sports in Analysis, Atascocita, Game recaps, Humble, Kingwood, Updates, Westfield.
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There’s plenty of good basketball action this weekend, including tournaments at New Caney and Katy (where the Atascocita boys and Humble girls are playing), but a big shout-out goes to three area teams competing in the Lone Star Invitational in San Antonio.

Out of a huge field, Kingwood has reached the semifinals with consecutive wins over San Antonio high schools Southwest and Lanier and Killeen Harker Heights. Kingwood faced San Antonio Wagner in one semifinal this morning and will face Duncanville, Klein Collins or San Antonio Roosevelt (obviously legit teams) in a second game today, either for the championship or third place.

Humble won two of its first three games to stay alive for seventh place. The Wildcats beat East Central in its own gym 73-69 on Thursday. After a loss to unbeaten Wagner, Humble edged Sam Houston 61-60 last night.

Westfield lost its first two games before beating East Central last night. For tournament brackets, click here.

New Caney edged in tournament semifinal, 57-56 1 December 2007

Posted by Observer Sports in Game recaps, New Caney, Updates.
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The New Caney boys basketball team blew a 50-38 fourth-quarter lead Friday night, as C.E. King pulled off a 17-4 run to take the lead and eventually the win, 57-56. Here’s the online recap.

I’ll write more later and in this week’s print edition, but I was impressed with New Caney despite the loss. The Eagles dealt with King’s full-court pressure and physical defense for most of the game – obviously less so in the final eight minutes – despite starting two sophomores and a freshman, playing without several substitutes, and dealing with an injury to senior Ryan Poston that robbed New Caney of one inside weapon.

Senior guard Danny Fernandez truly has a magical touch on the ball, and I really enjoyed watching sophomore guard Jesse Bryant play defense. He didn’t score a point, but his defense was really terrific. Freshman guard Tyler Castleberry is legit, too, and senior Kevin Boyd – a transfer from Kingwood last spring – is quite a shooter. Sophomore forward William Palmer played his butt off as the only big man against a physical C.E. King squad. I’m looking forward to seeing New Caney get into district play with a deeper bench, and I know the Eagles are already circling the date of ther first district game against C.E. King.