Pearland head coach Donna Vacek watched her girls dominate two more district teams to remain one game behind No. 2 state-ranked Manvel, but she knows that playoff seeding could be in favor for the Lady O’s.
“We are going to do our best against Manvel, but getting the No. 2 seed in the playoffs is not a bad place to be,” Vacek said.
There is little question as to the top team in the district as Manvel is 24-2 overall and the Lady Mavs, like Pearland, have lopsided wins over every district team. The Lady Oilers are the only ones in the district who can offer any challenge despite a 74-42 loss in the first round to the Lady Mavs.
The No. 2 seed will send the Lady O’s to the other end of the playoff bracket which gives Pearland a descent chance to made a deep run in the post-season.
Pearland hosted South Houston last week and the game was really over after the first eight minutes of play as the Lady O’s outscored the Lady Trojans 31-3 in the opening quarter as Keara Hudnall led the offensive charge with nine points while Alyssa Denham added eight points. Six Pearland players scored in the opening frame.
The scoring slowed down a little in the second period with Pearland outscoring the visitors 17-11 for a commanding 48-14 halftime lead.
Things got a lot rougher for the Lady Trojans in the second half as Pearland took the third period 17-0- and a 65-14 lead entering the final quarter.
South Houston didn’t score for 13 minutes and 12 seconds in the second half. The first basket for the Lady Trojans came with 2:48 left in the game as they finished with only six points in the final frame while Pearland slowed the scoring to only 12 points down the stretch.
Hudnall finished with a game-high 17 points while Alyssa Denham and Taylor James each pumped in 14 points followed by Jasmine Butler (12), Leneetra Guillory (10), and Miranda LeJune (6).
Pearland 69 – Pasadena Memorial 34
The Lady Oilers didn’t take long to set the scoring pace as they grabbed a 21-6 lead in the first quarter. Pearland continued to dominate with 20 points in the second period while Memorial improved a little with 11 points as the Lady O’s built a comfortable 41-17 lead at intermission.
The Lady Mavericks were a little more competitive in the third though Pearland still took the frame 15-12 for a 56-29 advantage.
The final eight minutes belonged to the Lady Oilers 13-5 with the 69-34 score posted at the final buzzer.
Keara Hudnall and Jasmine Butler each fired in 16 points while Miranda LeJune hit 14 to lead the offense.