High school roundup: Mustangs earn playoff berth
Friendswood not only pulled off what many consider one of the biggest upsets of the season by beating state-ranked La Marque, but also clinched a District 24-4A boys basketball playoff berth in the process.
"We just executed the fundamental things we've talked about doing all season," Friendswood's first-year coach Jeff Keener said. "We did all that, along with making key shots while being patient on offense, and limiting turnovers even though they pressed the whole game."
Friendswood beat visiting La Marque 45-42 last week with 6-3 senior wing Jackson Griffon scoring a game-high 24 points.
"Griffon has been carrying us on the offensive end, and we have others who could, but the team doesn't care who it is just as long as someone is scoring," Keener said, "and we also played great team defense against La Marque, and we didn't allow them to run most of the time. We made them make four or five passes before shooting, and that helped us control the tempo for the most part."
The victory improved Friendswood to 6-3 in district, and put the Mustangs into the postseason along with state-ranked Ball (No. 3) and La Marque (No. 4).
Manvel and Dawson are fighting for the fourth-and-final 24-4A playoff spot, and those teams square off at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 at Dawson in a game that should determined the berth.
"We're playing well right now, and we want to keep it going over the remainder of the district schedule," Keener said. "By beating La Marque, the players know they can compete, and win, against anybody, and that's a positive feeling to have heading into the playoffs."
The Mustangs host Santa Fe at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, and are open on Tuesday, Feb. 15. They close the regular season at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 at Texas City.
Friendswood's Jorge Roman and Bobby Brown earned region berths with second places at the District 24 Championships last week at Clear Lake High School.
Roman (125-pound class) and Brown (285) advance to the Region III Meet on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11-12, at the Merrell Center in Katy, and the top four region finishers in every class move on to the University Interscholastic League State Tournament on Feb. 25-26 at the Delco Center in Austin.
The Mustangs also had third places from Parker Bruno (112), Evan Garcia (160) and Michael Denicola (171), and a fourth by Trenton Moser (103), at the district event.
The Lady Mustangs were led by third places from Karla Martinez (128) and Kristen Campbell (110).
The Region III schedule on Friday, Feb. 11, for the boys is a 7 a.m. weigh in, and sessions at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and a noon weigh in for the girls, and sessions at 2 and 6 p.m.
On Saturday, Feb. 12, the boys and girls weigh in at 9 a.m., followed by sessions at 10:30 a.m. and noon.
Ticket prices are $8 per day and $12 for an all-tournament pass for adults, and $6 and $10 for students.
Manvel grad to play at Texas
Krissie Fountain (class of 2009) will be the first Manvel athlete to play in the Big 12 Conference when she competes for the University of Texas softball team this spring.
Fountain, the daughter of Manvel High School teacher Carol Fountain, earned a scholarship to Western Texas College in Snyder after playing for the Lady Mavericks, and is now on the Lady Longhorns' roster.
Manvel coach Christa Williams is a former University of Texas All-American softball player.
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