H.S. Basketball Scores/Highlights & Boys Previews
East girls basketball, with pre-Thanksgiving home hoops action Monday afternoon.
I was at East for the Titan girls and Georgetown. First quarter, Giani Wimbish-Gay, with the drive and deuce for East. She leads East with 15 points, but Georgetown gets the 52-35 win. Titan girls get 12 points from Zakari Perry. Saturday afternoon, East girls basketball plays at Cibolo Steele against Jay.
West girls basketball, improving to 7-2 with a Monday afternoon win at S.A. Edison, 65-36.
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Kennedy Youngblood with 25 points for the Warrior girls, 12 for Carrie Barrera-Lacy, as they host Laredo Alexander Tuesday afternoon at 2:00. St. Joe girls basketball improves to 2-2 with a 42-40 home win over Goliad. Heidi Terry led the Lady Flyers with 14 points, 13 for Maiya Tillman. St. Joe plays a hoops doubleheader at the St. Joe Dome against Mathis Tuesday night, with the girls game leading off at 6:15.
East boys basketball has a new head coach and a new look. John Howie brings to the Titans big-time experience. Before he was a head coach at Willowridge, Katy Morton Ranch, and my alma mater, Westbury, coach Howie was an assistant at Willowridge when they won back-to-back state titles with T.J. Ford. He then was an assistant coach at Texas Southern, and the past two years, coach Howie has been an assistant at Fort Bend Bush, making the playoffs both those seasons. Five varsity players return to the East boys team, I talked with coach Howie about what his style of play will be with the Titan boys. “I’m from the old school. I like to play a traditional style where we really focus on team basketball. We’ll share the basketball, we’ll set solid screens. A lot of motion, a lot of movement. My preference is to play an up tempo style, but I want to play a style that fits the talent that I have here. There will be some adjustments to that style, but you’ll see an exciting, competitive style of basketball. Our main focus is gonna be our defense.”
East boys basketball starts the season at home Tuesday night at 7:30 against West Oso.
A familiar face is back with West boys basketball. Head coach Pat Erskine had to leave the team with heart problems in late December and did not return. The coach is back now, but very few varsity players return to the Warrior boys team from last year. Coach Erskine told me what he is doing to get his inexperienced team ready for the regular season. “Just creating enthusiasm and excitement is the first thing, and the second thing is just getting them to understand the complexity of working hard every day, coming in and rising up and meeting each challenge every day.”
West boys basketball starts the season Tuesday night at 7:30 at Bay City.
A former VISD basketball player, on the visiting team Monday night against the Victoria College women. Imani Wimbish-Gay, in her first year at Blinn, scoring 12 points in the Buccaneers’ 89-40 win over the Pirates. VC was led by Imani’s former Titan teammate, Andrea Jackson, with 16 points. The Pirates fall to 4-4 on the season with the loss.
The Blinn College Buccaneers remained undefeated on the season with a 90-80 non-conference men’s basketball victory over the Victoria College Pirates on Monday night at VC’s Sports Center.
The Buccaneers avenged last year’s loss to Victoria College while improving to 8-0 on the season.
The Pirates (6-3) trailed by just 82-80 with 1:02 left in the game, but were outscored 8-0 in the final minute. Henry Stewart made four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points to lead VC. Cam Ivey (14), Trey Dinnon (13), Darien Henry (12) and Victoria West grad Ruben Trevino (11) also scored in double figures for the Pirates.