Every team that wins a state championship has aspirations of defending their title and the Manvel Lady Mavericks certainly had that goal entering the 2014-2015 basketball season.
The Lady Mavs defended their District 22-6A crown by going 16-0 in league play. But there are some very good teams this year in 6A Region III including No. 1 state-ranked Cy-Woods and No. 2 state-ranked North Shore.
Manvel (28-8) advanced to the 6A Region III quarterfinals where they had to face North Shore in a must-win contest if they were going to continue their reign as state champion.
North Shore (32-2) has a very fast and athletic squad. Despite their lack of size compared to the Lady Mavs, their speed took control of the game early and by the start of the fourth quarter, Manvel realized they weren’t going to repeat.
The Lady Mustangs jumped on Manvel from the start with a 12-0 run. By the end of the first eight minutes of play, Manvel was trailing 16-3.
Manvel finally was able to put together some offense outscoring the Lady Mustangs 12-9 in the second quarter while trailing 25-15 at intermission.
North Shore continued to dominate with a 19-15 third quarter and then complete took the Lady Mavs out of contention in the final frame 19-10 to get the 23-point margin of victory and advance to the region finals.
Manvel’s McDonald’s All-American Jordan Hosey got into early foul trouble and was really never really a factor closing out her high school career with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Cy-Woods and North Shore faced one another in the region semifinal and Cy-Woods eliminated the Lady Mustangs. Cy-Woods (33-1) defeated Westside in the region finals 75-36 and advance to the state basketball tournament in San Antonio this coming weekend.