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Cypress Creek Girls Basketball Runs To the 6A Region III Championship

Cy Creek now turns its attention to next week’s state tournament. vype.com

For the second time in 19 hours, Cypress Creek girls basketball jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter, and breezed to a win at the 6A Region III tournament. The Cougars advanced to next week’s UIL State final four with a 57-36 win against Summer Creek. They’re also the third Cy-Fair ISD team to advance to state in the past 12 months, joining Cypress Falls boys basketball and Cy-Fair football.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Cy Creek head coach Jennifer Alexander. “The kids are thrilled, so that makes me the most happy. They’re elated to be in this position.”

Cy Creek scored the game’s first 10 points, and held leads around that margin throughout the game. VYPE Player of the Game Rori Harmon was slowed down by Friday’s injury and Summer Creek’s double-team defense, but broke through with nine of her 13 points in the second half.

“My plan was to make sure we [came] together as a team,” said Harmon. “I was ignoring my injury. We just kept going. We didn’t stop.”

he game played out as she had hoped, with multiple teammates contributing. Kristine Ezimako had a fast start, and finished with 11 points. Jalyn Johnson had a similar second half as Harmon, and shared the game high.

“We had a really fun time during this game,” said Harmon. “We all had a smile on our face.”

The Cougars’ defense also showed up, like it did in the semis. Summer Creek scored 23 less points than it did in Friday’s win against Jersey Village, and its season leader in points scored, Damaya Telemaque, was held scoreless for two-and-a-half quarters.

Cy Creek now turns its attention to next week’s state tournament. Its state semifinal opponent hasn’t been announced yet, but it’ll either be Region I champ Plano, Region II champ Sachse, or Region IV champ Converse Judson. The same goes for Friday’s game time, which will either be at 7pm or 8:30pm at San Antonio’s Alamodome.

“We just have to make sure we keep the intensity we’ve been having for the playoffs,” Harmon said of next week’s plan. “We’re going do our best in everything.”

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The Houston Texans lost again as their road game ineptitude continues. Former Texans stars DeAndre Hopkins and J.J. Watt helped the Cardinals to the 31-5 victory.

1. The lack of talent is getting exposed earlier and earlier each week. The Texans have seen games slip away faster and faster from them each week. The team is overmatched almost everywhere.

2. Penalties remain a problem for the Texans. It seems like clockwork the team gets an illegal motion or illegal formation each week. Jordan Akins torpedoed a drive with a chop block. Max Scharping erased a positive play with a hold.

3. Davis Mills had some solid moments, but again, this team isn't good. It is hard to assess Mills with this team. He's making quicker decisions but he doesn't have the time or the players to make big plays.

4. The offensive line stinks. The interior of the line is still a mess and with Laremy Tunsil down the edges find themselves shaky as well. The running backs don't block well. The blocking tight ends don't block well. It is bad football in what was supposed to be a much-improved unit.

5. Desmond King was the best returner in the preseason. The team elected to give Andre Roberts an opportunity for a few games, but with his departure, the duties went to King. King is the most successful returner the Texans have had in a long while. Yes, it is that clear after just one game.

6. Max Scharping was benched in favor of Justin McCray. McCray produced similar levels of success. Scharping was benched last year for a journey-man veteran as well. The former second-round pick isn't getting it done.

7. Speaking of former second-round picks, Lonnie Johnson had an interception. That was the highlight of his day. Otherwise, Johnson frequently has me asking "what is Lonnie Johnson doing?" The former second-round pick at cornerback has been less than impressive at safety. Johnson seems to frequently be out of position or making the wrong choice in coverage.

8. DeAndre Hopkins had a solid day against the team that traded him away. Hopkins hauled in seven catches for 53 yards and a touchdown. After he scored, Hopkins looked to bring his hands together and mimic a prayer motion. I don't anticipate this was a nod to Arian Foster but perhaps could this have been about Jack Easterby?

9. The Texans had some sacks, but little of that action came when the game was close. Jonathan Greenard added two sacks to his total. The success Greenard is having is frustrating when you consider he couldn't get on the field last season. Charles Omenihu returned to action and had some pressures for the defense.

10. During the game reports surfaced that the Panthers might be interested in trading for Deshaun Watson. It was also reported by the Houston Chronicle Watson had vetoed a trade to Philadelphia, so the Eagles will not be involved in the Watson sweepstakes. The Panthers can only trade two first-round picks. The Miami Dolphins have three first-round picks they can trade for Deshaun Watson.

11. The Texans decided on a "culture" head coach in David Culley. His team has looked lifeless on the road. While the Texans took their beating, the Lions gave it their all against a good Rams team. Detroit is winless, but they play harder and better than the Texans. It grows clearer each week "culture" is meaningless if the team can't win.

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