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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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RAVENS 33, TEXANS 16

5 observations from the Ravens win over the Texans

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Let's be honest; the Texans were not going to beat the Ravens. Baltimore has better players, a better quarterback and a better coaching staff. (And oh, a better kicker). All of that was on display in the Ravens' 33-16 win.

The Ravens move to 2-0, while the Texans dropped to 0-2 after facing the AFC's two best teams.

The Texans will still likely contend for a playoff spot, but nothing the last two weeks indicates they are anywhere near contending in the AFC. A look at five things from the Ravens win:

1) Oh, Brien...It did not take long for Bill O'Brien's goofy coaching to rear its ugly head. Down 3-0 at their own 34 as the first quarter was running out, O'Brien chose to go for it on fourth and one. The play was predictably blown up, the Ravens quickly scored to make it 10-0, and the Texans were instantly in a hole against a superior opponent. You can't give points away against the Ravens. They might have scored anyway with a punt, but there was no stopping them with a short field.

2) Some positives on defense. Despite the score, The Texans looked much better on that side of the ball against an explosive offense. J.J. Watt had two sacks, the team had four total, and they kept Lamar Jackson from destroying them. Seven of the points were scored by the Ravens defense, and O'Brien's gaffe led to seven more. The Ravens wore them down in the fourth quarter, but they played well enough until then to keep the team in the game had the offense been better. They did not force any turnovers, however, and that was one of the differences in the game. They were also blown off the ball on a fourth and one in the fourth quarter that led to the Ravens' 30th points and could not stop the run at all in the fourth quarter. But that's what the Ravens do with a lead, and the Texans offense gave them no breaks by being unable to stay on the field.

3) The difference between real contenders...The Ravens were just so much more skilled on both sides of the ball. Defensively, they focused on taking away the run. David Johnson averaged 3.1 yards per carry. Will Fuller had as many catches as you did. The Ravens forced two turnovers on just really good football plays. The Texans don't make plays like that. They might against lesser teams, but if your goal is to compete with the best, it's just not good enough.

4) Deshaun Watson needs to be better. His numbers looked so so on the surface (25 of 36, 275 yards, 1 TD, 1 interception). He was sacked four times and added 17 rushing yards on five carries. He did not make plays late when they needed one here or there to maybe get back in the game. With his big contract, it's time for Watson to stop being close to elite and take the next step. His interception was more of being fooled by Marcus Peters than throwing a bad ball, but the Texans were just 3 of 9 on third downs. Throw in the ill-advised fourth down play, and they were just 3 of 10 extending drives. Give the Ravens a lot of credit, but again, to compete with the best, you have to be better than that.

5) Now what? The Texans travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers, who have not been impressive in their two wins. Still, it's hard to see Houston as anything but serious underdogs. They are last in the AFC South, and have a lot of work to do. The defense showed some promise at times, but will have to continue to improve. The offense has a long way to go. They match up better with the Steelers than they do the Ravens and Chiefs, but that does not mean they can win. If you were hoping they would give you some indication they can be more than just also-rans, they failed to do that on any level against either the Chiefs or Ravens.

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