Manvel continued its dominant playoff run with 56-33 victory over Cypress Ranch in the Class 5A Region III semifinals at the M.O. Campbell Center setting up a showdown with Cypress Woods for the right to advance to the 2014 girls state basketball tournament at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin on Friday, Feb. 28 in the 5A state semifinals at 8:30 p.m. The state finals will be on Saturday, March 1 at 8:30 p.m.
At the very beginning of basketball season, Manvel has been on the watch list in Region III. The biggest problem for most of the season is finding teams in the Houston area that could compete with the No. 2 state-ranked Lady Mavs.
Manvel blew through District 22-5A with a perfect 14-0 mark and lopsided victories that were almost embarrassing at times.
The Mavericks won all 28 of their games against Houston-area competition. Their two losses were to nationally ranked teams, one being two-time defending state champion Duncanville.
“The greatest competition during district was primarily against ourselves or our junior varsity team,” second-year head coach Bryan Harris said before the region finals.
Cy-Woods defeated Pearland 64-49 in the other semifinal contest ending the Lady Oilers hopes of making the region finals. This was the second consecutive year that the Lady Oilers have been in the regional tournament. They finish with a sparkling 29-7 mark.
The one player Cy-Woods did not have earlier in the season was 6-8 center Nancy Mulky who is only a sophomore. However, she made a big difference in the win over Pearland (29-7).
Nursing an injury most of the season the young player had 23 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. She scored 13 in the fourth quarter as Cy Woods pulled away from Pearland.
Olivia Ogwumike had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Erica Ogwumike added 12 points and 18 rebounds as Cy Woods punched a ticket to the regional final for the first time in school history.
What many thought would be Manvel’s biggest test of the season in the Houston area, proved only that Manvel deserves to be going to state and the original goal at the start of the season would be to see Manvel face two-state champion Duncanville who handed the Lady Mavs one of their losses 56-50 in December.
The buzz before the game at the Campbell Center was that Cy Woods was the team that could possibly upset the state-ranked Lady Mavs.
But when the game started, it didn’t take long for the Lady Mavs to set the tone and to see their focus was not going to wavering to keep them out of the state basketball tournament.
Manvel (36-2) opened up the game against Cy-Woods with a double-digit 24-13 first quarter lead. Once the game reached double-digits, Cy-Woods was never able to get any closer.
Brianna Turner led the way in the opening period with six points while Rangie Bessard added a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws for five points. Jordan Hosey also hit a 3-pointer and a short jump shot for five points.
The Lady Mavs outscored the Lady Wildcats 13-11 in the second period to post a 37-24 halftime lead.
Manvel took the third quarter 11-9 as the offense slowed down a little and closed out the game 10-9 over Cy-Woods making the final score 58-42.
Turner led the way for Manvel with 16 points while Bessard had 15 including 8-of-8 free throws.
Erica Ogwumike had 11 points while Tyler Davis had nine points for Cy-Woods. Mulkey, who scored 23 against Pearland was held to only one basket.
Manvel will face Plano West (27-5) in one of the state semifinal games while No. 1 state-ranked Duncanville (34-0) will face San Antonio Wagner (25-10) on Friday, Feb. 28 at 3:30 p.m.
If everything goes according to the way it should, everyone will get to see No. 1 Duncanville face No. 2 in the 5A state finals which will be played at 8:30 p.m. at the Erwin Center on Saturday, March 1.