Girls basketball: Clear Brook gets ranked team
Cy-Fair has been Houston's dominant girls team having advanced to four consecutive University Interscholastic League State Tournaments (and winning championships in 2008 and last season), and the Lady Bobcats have been even more domineering at the Clear Creek ISD Peggy Whitley Classic having won five straight titles dating back to 2005.
It's up to Clear Brook, at least in this week's opening round, to try to stop Cy-Fair, which is one of four state-ranked squads entered in the 53rd annual Whitley Classic.
ABOUT THE GAME
• Matchup: Clear Brook vs. Cy-Fair
• When: 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9
• Where: Clear Creek High School Carlisle Field House
• What's at stake: Opening the tournament with a victory and advancing to face 5A No. 25 San Antonio Wagner or Baytown Sterling at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, in Butler Gym
• Clear Brook players to watch: F-P Ariel Callis, G Kia Love, P Courtney Lindsey, PG Jerilyn James, PG Ryane Adams, G Chelsea Ngo, P-F Megan Conner, P-F Chassidy Harris
• Cy-Fair players to watch: G Cassie Peoples, G Tara Warren, G Danika Cervenka, G Kelsi Corrales, Kayla Elliott, Nicole Martin
• Clear Brook: The Lady Wolverines' 6-5 start included wins against Kingwood Park 44-40, Rayburn 66-50, El Paso Eastwood 51-45, Pasadena Memorial 51-31, District 24-5A co-member Dickinson 40-37 and Deer Park 44-25, and losses to Atascocita 64-37, Eisenhower 62-56, Yates 71-64, Friendswood 50-48 and Dobie 53-48 É Clear Brook placed fifth in 24-5A last year in back of Clear Creek, Clear Springs, Dickinson and Clear Lake in coach Blair Redmon's first season É Early-season scoring leaders are Callis (13.0 average), Lindsey (10.5) and Ngo (9.0) É The Lady Wolverines open district against Pearland at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Clear Brook and play their second 24-5A game at 7 p.m. on Dec. 17 at Dickinson.
• Cy-Fair: The Lady Bobcats are the defending state-and-district champs who have advanced to the University Interscholastic League State Tournament the last four seasons and also won a title in 2007-08 (lost in semifinals two years ago and in the finals in 2006-07). Those state squads were led by the now-departed sister duo of Nnemkadi Ogwumike (class of 2008) and Chiney Ogwumike (class of 2010), who helped control the Whitley Classic over the past half decade, and are now playing for Stanford. ... The team is under the direction of 21st-year coach Ann Roubique, who is looking for leadership from returning starters Peoples, Warren and Cervenka É After this week's tournament, the Lady Bobcats host Cy Falls in a 17-5A opener at 7 p.m. on Dec. 17.
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