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With a few weeks remaining in the girls’ basketball regular season, Houston’s power brokers are clawing and scratching for the district crown.

So many teams throughout Hoopston have legit shots at reaching the coveted state tourney. Some are the regulars, but there are newcomers lurking.

Barbers Hill has the top player in the country in Charli Collier, but the Truong twins at Jersey Village are playing at a high level and so are the Falcons. They will have to knock off the defending regional champs in Cypress Ranch just to win their district.

Navasota in Class 4A is having a huge season at 20-0, while Queen Egbo is driving her FB Travis Tigers to a District 20-6A title. Clear Springs is starting to peak, while Cy Creek is one of the hot young teams in the city.

The NEXT 10 INCLUDE Madison, Manvel, Ridge Point, Katy, Ball, Summer Creek, Oak Ridge, Klein Oak, Atascocita and Klein.

TOP 10 GIRLS BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS

Week of January 4th

Rank

Team (Record)

Comment
1 Barbers Hill More Than Just Charli Collier
2 Jersey Village Twins are Making it Look Easy
3 Cypress Ranch State Experience Will Pay Off
4 Navasota Undefeated in Class 4A
5 Travis The Queens of Fort Bend
6 Clear Springs Peaking at Right Time
7 Hightower Tough, Balanced Squad
8 Cypress Creek Will be Telling Few Weeks
9 Dekaney Power in the North
10 Wheatley Still Battling in HISD

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The Texans didn't have an answer for Derrick Henry. Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Romeo Crennel made a valorous call that might have costed the Houston Texans from winning their second consecutive game on Sunday. Up by seven with 1:50 left in the fourth quarter, Crennel decided to call a two-point conversion following Deshaun Watson's one-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks.

During the two-point conversion, Watson had a look at an open Randall Cobb, but Titans' defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons got a hand on the ball to deflect the pass. The failed conversion allowed the Titans to take a 42-36 victory over the Texans inside Nissan Stadium. Tennessee scored 13 unanswered points, which included a seven-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to A.J. Brown to send the game into overtime.

"I think I would do it again," Crennel said during his media availability on Monday. "You are on the road against a divisional opponent who is undefeated, and if you could get that two-point conversion — you shut the door on them. We had a guy open, but unfortunately, the ball got tipped and we did not make it. I would do it again because it was a good choice."

The decision to not kick the field goal caused somewhat of an uproar, but it is understandable why Crennel made the call. Crennel had faith in Watson to put the Texans in a position to close the game, similar to his 4th-and-4 call during last week's victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In the end, Crennel's risky decisions could stem from the lack of faith he has in the Texans' depleted defense.

Houston's defense hit an all-time low against the Titans. They gave up a franchise-worst 601 total yards — with Derrick Henry accounting for 212 yards on 22 carries. But despite their struggles against the run, the Texans' secondary were just as faulty. They gave up a total of 338 yards through the air and allowed Tannehill to go 8-for-9 down the field during the Titans' final drive of regulation.

Had Houston's defense made a stop during the closing seconds of the fourth quarter, the Texans could have ended the game 2-0 under their interim head coach.

"I wanted to go ahead and get the two points — I felt like that would have put the game out of reach for them," Crennel said. "If we had gotten it, we would have been in much better shape. But we did not get it. We did not perform well in overtime, and they [Titans] won the game."

Following Sunday's heartbreaking loss, Texans safety Justin Reid said it best, "Had we converted on the two-point conversion, this would be a totally different conversation. So it is what it is."

Up next, the 1-5 Texans will look to bounce back from defeat against the 4-1 Green Bay Packers, inside NRG Stadium on Sunday. Kick-off is at 12:00 PM CT.

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