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The Jump: Breaking down the girls’ basketball playoffs

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Originally appeared on Vype.com

Ding… Ding… Round two of the girls’ basketball postseason will take place the next few days and there are some heavy-weight battles.

VYPE dives deeper into the match ups and predicts who will advance to the regional tourney. Where are the upsets? Where are the blowouts and who needs to play big to keep the season going?

It’s now or never, girls. Win or go home. Stay tuned to @vypehouston on Twitter to follow who continues their seasons.

CLASS 6A

REGION III

Hightower vs Cy Ranch, Thursday 6 pm at Wheeler

Great matchup here. Cy Ranch reached state last season, but Hightower is fast and physical… VYPE goes with the Hurricanes

Seven Lakes vs Jersey Village

Truong Twins have had great season in TOUGH District. It pays off for Jersey Village as they drop Seven Lakes

Clear Springs vs Summer Creek, Friday 6 pm at Deer Park

Chargers undefeated in district and playing fast. Will take care of talented Summer Creek – who’s only loss came against Atascocita in district. 

Goose Creek vs Alvin

Both teams pulled upsets in the first-round of the playoffs over Beaumont West Brook and Pearland. Alvin has more scoring with Miller, Mancha and Becker and played in a tougher district. The Jackets win

GOOSE CREEK IN ACTION

Langham Creek vs Ridge Point

RP has studs Thomas, Fontenot and McHenry, who play up-tempo. Langham counters with White and Robinson’s 35 ppg. Langham plays in a slightly tougher district and is more physical. Slight lean to the Lobos

Cypress Creek vs FB Travis, Thursday at 7:30

Stars on floor in this matchup. Cy Creek freshman duo Kyndall Hunter and Rori Harmon have had a magical season winning district. McDonald’s All-American Queen Egbo leads Travis, but the Cougars have too much fire-power

Atascocita vs Hastings, Friday 7 pm at Cy Falls

De’Aisha Davis has led Eagles to 14-0 record in district, while Hastings has had growing pains in District 23-6A. Hardison is talented freshman and Riley is solid junior. Prediction? Atascocita advances. 

Dobie vs Elsik

No one is talking about these two teams. Dobie is led by Onozie and won their district. Elsik went 8-3 in a tough conference. So who gets it done? Elsik in a close one.

REGION II

Dekaney vs Hendrickson

Both are state-ranked teams. Dekaney blew through district play at 14-0 and Hendrickson won their district as well. Dekaney has Tatyana Hill, who is averaging 21 ppg and complemented by Capone (17 ppg) and Dirden (12 ppg). The Wildcats cruise.

Klein vs RR Westwood

The Bearkats are sneaky good, winning a share of the district. Maggie Stephenson and Ziayear Banks are junior talents who will lead Klein over RR Westwood.

Klein Oak vs Cedar Ridge

Panther Liz Scott is the truth. She can score and facilitate. Oak had a huge bounce back season after having to forfeit much of their season a year ago. They don’t plan on stopping this week. Panthers advance. 

Spring vs Pflugerville

State-ranked Pflugerville will be too much for Spring, but the Lions have had a nice season under the direction of Michael Prejean

 

CLASS 5A

Elkins vs Crosby  

Elkins got the W in the first-round over Houston Madison, but Crosby is no joke and a VYPE Top 10 team. Netherly is the straw that stirs the drink.

Ball vs Kingwood Park, Friday 7 pm at LaPorte HS

Don’t get it twisted, the Tornados of Ball are scrappy. The only lost to Shadow Creek in district and will be a tough out. K Park is led by Ally Byrd, who is play and is a North Texas-commit. But will it be enough? VYPE goes with Ball to win.

KPARK’s Ally Byrd can Play

Ozen vs Manvel

Ozen won their district and Manvel’s only losses in district came at the hands of Ball. Chanslor and Green are the stars for the Mavs, but Ozen has too much scrappiness to be beaten. Ozen moves on.

Barbers Hill vs Shadow Creek

Could this be a landmine for Charli Collier and Barbers Hill. The Eagles are our No. 1 but Shadow Creek is no joke. Collier and The Hill are focused but this could be closer than people think.

Magnolia West vs Waco University

How about Mag West and Eggleston? The girls up north can play and will get by Waco U to the third round. But Eggleston must put on a show.

 

CLASS 4A

Navasota vs Madisonville

The Rattlers will destroy MVille 

Wheatley vs Bridge City

Fingers Crossed for Wheatley. They have too much fire-power

THE WILDCATS CAN SCORE IN BUNCHES

North Forest vs Silsbee

Hmmm. North Forest plays in a loaded district. Silsbee cruised through their conference. VYPE going Houston Strong 

Yates vs Diboll

The Lions are destroying teams and look like they are on a collision with North Forest.

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A WEEKLY REVIEW OF CRENNEL'S COACHING

Now my job: Texans feast on Lions

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Thanksgiving is full of tradition. There's the typical family gathering, large meal, and of course, football. Sometimes, new traditions are added and old ones are retired. I think the Texans did both in their impressive 41-25 win over the Lions in Detroit. Old traditions were carried on (Lions losing on Thanksgiving), some were put to rest (Texans not being able to get turnovers), and new ones were started (multiple passing touchdowns by Deshaun Watson in six straight games).

The fact that this defense got three turnovers in the game was unbelievable! They got all three in the first quarter within the span of eight plays. JJ Watt's pick-six was insane. He went for a batted ball, ended up catching it, and ran it in. They forced Jonathan Williams to fumble on the Lions' very next play from scrimmage and recovered it. On the Lions' next possession, the Texans recovered yet another fumble after the challenge was reversed. Great call by the coaching staff to challenge and win. The defense looked good. Tyrell Adams stood out because he was in on those two fumbles, made 17 total tackles with 14 of them being solo tackles. They also brought pressure that seemed to make Matthew Stafford very inaccurate and resulted in four sacks. I give defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver credit for knowing he needs to blitz to get pressure, but the run defense has to improve.

The offense kept the tempo up in this game as well. The spread and hurry-up were used to keep the Lions already staggered defense off balance. Knowing the Lions were without a couple defensive backs, I thought it would be the perfect marriage of their defense and the Texans' offense. A buddy asked before the game about the line (Texans -3.5) and the over/under (52.5). I told him bet the Texans and the over because neither team can play defense and both have good quarterbacks. Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly put together another good game plan and Watson executed it flawlessly. One route combo I saw later on in the game I particularly enjoyed. Two receivers were tight to the left side. Cooks ran a hook/curl and settled in the middle of the zone while Fuller ran a vertical route. Duke Johnson ran a swing route to that same side. It left Cooks wide open as the attention went to Johnson in the flat, Fuller deep, and the action to the other play side. Route combos are important because it gives the quarterback different reads as he goes through his progressions and lets him pick apart the defense based on what he sees. Combine that with Watson's play and the way Kelly has changed his play calling now that he's liberated from he who shall not be named, we're seeing a beautiful thing.

As good as things were, there's still room for improvement. The defense gives up way too many easy yards, both run and pass. They can't get pressure bringing only four and will often give up big plays if the blitz is picked up. Plus the run defense is still an issue as evidenced by the Lions' first possession of the second half. The Lions ran the ball 10 plays straight for a total of 58 yards on that drive. Utterly ridiculous! Watson was good (17/25 318 yards and four touchdowns), but he missed two more touchdowns with passes slightly off, and continues to hold onto the ball too long at times. The difference between these two issues I've presented here is the fact that Watson has so played well, his "issues" are minor and very correctable, while the defense is terrible and there's no easy fix in sight. But let Romeo Crennel and Anthony Weaver tell it, they're getting the most out of these guys and they're playing disciplined.

The thought that this team may actually creep into the playoff picture may take shape better after next week if they can beat the Colts. I doubt it, but it is getting interesting. Let's see what else happens around them because they need help getting there.

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