Lady Wildcat guard Kierra White, 33, feeds the ball inside for an assist, also helping her team with 10 points in the 53-37 win against the Lady Ganders. Photo by Terry N. Teros
Head coach Blair Redmon and her Lady Wildcats racked up their first District 21-5A win of the season, whipping the Lee Lady Ganders 53 – 37 at home in an intense, defensive display by Humble. The Wildcats were ahead at halftime by three and had allowed the Ganders to score 25 points in the first half, but when the second half began, so did the stifling Lady Widcat defense.
Humble shut down Lee in the third and fourth quarters, as the Ganders could only muster 12 points in the convincing Lady Wildcat victory. It was a terrific district start for Humble’s new head coach, who could see her team starting to gel at just the right time.
“The chemistry finally clicked for us tonight,” said Coach Redmon. “We gave a great effort tonight and I can see that the girls are getting it. It’s a new system and I knew it would take them a while, but tonight I saw a lot of positives out there.”
The positives showed early as Humble built a 16 – 13 lead in the first quarter, thanks to Jessica Hine’s six points in the period and a Kierra White 3-point basket. Darnetta Jackson started the second period with a jumper for Humble to add to the lead and the Wildcats never relinquished it the remainder of the contest.
When the Ganders got within three of the Humble lead, it was the Lady Wildcat defense that stepped up to take away any Lee momentum. Full-court pressure by the Wildcats gave the Lady Ganders fits. Forced Lee turnovers in the second quarter by the swarming Humble defense preceeded easy scores by Jackson and Jakeita Baxter.
“Speed is the strength of our team,” said Redmon, who realizes it is going to be something that will help her team win games during the course of their district schedule. “We will be good at getting in people’s faces and the harder we work at it, the better we are going to be.”
The Wildcats got in the Gander’s face indeed for the entire second half, as the frustrated Lee squad only scored six points in the third period, due to a great deal of stingy Humble defense. Humble also continued to execute well on offense. After four consecutive free throws by Tamara Williams and a beautiful move to score in the paint by center Brenea White, Humble earned a 42 – 29 advantage.
The Wildcats had some turnovers in the fourth quarter, but their impressive defense always made up for any miscues. Katrice Price scored three of Humble’s seven fourth-period points, as the Lady Wildcats cruised to the 16-point win. Hines and White each had 10 points in the district victory, helping Humble begin, on a good note, what will be a tough string of 21-5A match-ups.
“Our district is strong again. We have control over what kind of year we will have. It’s all about how hard we work.” said Coach Redmon. “There is no place I’d rather be right now, than coaching where I played. It’s amazing.”
Next, Redmon and her Lady Wildcats will head to Beaumont to face Westbrook as district play continues.
A brand new digital scoreboard signifies the start of the race and lights up the new swimming complex at Kingwood Park High School. Photo by Wesley Orton
Much of the Kingwood Park Panther’s success has been heard through the grapevine with their sports teams playing the majority of their seasons away from their home school. Thursday night began a string of events where the community will be able to cheer for their new teams in the comfort of the new school.
The undefeated Panther swim teams celebrated their first meet in their home pool with a resounding win over Montgomery and Humble high schools. The Lady Panthers defeated Montgomery 196-108 and demolished Humble 238-31. Add that to the victories over Caney Creek, New Caney, Huntsville, Dekaney and Magnolia, and you have a very impressive list of wins as the middle of the season nears.
The meet began with a Kingwood Park victory in the girls’ 200m medley relay. The boys followed with a second-place finish in their 200m Medley Relay, where .06 seconds separated them from the winning Montgomery team.
Rebecca Byrne and Alli Bradshaw took first and second in the girls’ 200m freestyle, both shaving a couple of seconds off of their seed time. Chris Amoruso finished at the top of the boys 200m freestyle by posting a convincing 2:08:29 finish, leaving all other swimmers in his wake.
Panther dominance continued with Jade Bennet and Barret Johannsen winning first in their respective 200m individual medleys. The 50m freestyle saw the Lady Panthers take the top three spots in their heat led by Rachel Doyle who finished with a time of 27:84, followed by Amiee Jette and Taylor Guy in second and third. Mark Dix’s time of 23:39 put him at the front of the pack in the boys 50m freestyle, with Simon Ball and John Dalpe rounding out the top three.
Successful postings in diving, butterfly, backstroke and team medleys capped off another victorious night for Kingwood Park and their faithful fans. Their next meet will pit them against Northshore and Galena Park Dec. 11 at Northshore High School. The regular season ends with a home meet on Jan. 10 before district championships begin two weeks later.
Kingwood’s mighty mustang, Erin Cooper, has signed a commitment letter to continue playing volleyball in college for Friends University in Wichita, Kan. Erin was an inspirational leader on the Lady Mustangs with her tenacity and a style of play that refused to give up. She was recently awarded Honorable Mention for the All-District team. Joining Erin, from left, are Teri Cooper, Martin Ayin, and head volleyball coach for Friends University, Gary Cooper
The Kingwood/Forest Cove Pinto 8-year old Cardinal team became top birds when they won the fall league championship. On the front row from left are Jessica Husband, Jeremy Husband, Brandon Russell, Will O’Brien, Cayman Mann; middle row are Jake Stark, Connor Hicks, Patrick McShane, Ian MacIntosh, Connor Martin, Reed Kelly; and in back are coaches Brian McShane, Bob Stark, Laura Martin, Jeff Martin, Evan Russell, Dave O’Brien, Mark Mann, Jimmy MacIntosh and Dave Kelly.
Eagle kicker Reading Cotton was the most consistent offensive player for Atascocita this year, kicking eight field goals, including a 49-yard career long successful attempt earlier in the year. Photo by Joseph Little
The Atascocita Eagles came out to Turner Stadium, Friday night, to take on the Baytown Lee Ganders who proved to be a little too much for them. An electric atmosphere soon turned to disappointment as the Gander offense ran all over the Eagles front line.
Lee’s Octavio Torress connected with Josh Jones on a 6-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring with 6:43 left in the first quarter. Torres stuck again 20-seconds later on a 34-yard pass to Jahwran Goode, increasing their lead 14-0 as the quarter ended.
The Eagles never seemed to really fire on all cylinders as Daniel Tatman threw his first interception of the night as Atascocita was threatening to score. Baytown’s Thomas Bates returned the interception to the Eagle 34-yard line that set up Torres’ second score. Torres ran in his third score from 3-yards out, pushing the lead to 21-0 with 11 minutes left in the first half.
Torres and Bates were not done as the quarterback threw his second score to Goode and Bates ran back his second interception of the night 89-yards for a Gander score. The first half ended with the Ganders leading 37-0, thanks to 23 second-quarter points, and the Eagles heading to the locker room dazed.
The Eagles finally got their first score in the third quarter after the offense fought down field against the Gander defense. Tatman threw a perfect fade pass to the corner of the end zone right into the hands of Quentin Parks for a 15-yard touchdown with 5:42 left in the quarter. Parks has been on fire the past three games, but it was too little, too late for him and the Eagles.
Down 37-7, the defense picked up the pace as well as they kept the Ganders scoreless in the third quarter. Lee tacked on one more score in the fourth quarter on a Paul Martinez 56-yard rumble into the end zone, rubbing salt in the Eagles’ open wound.
“We started off well this year, but faced some tough teams in a rough stretch and could never get things going after that,” Eagle coach Dean Colbert said. “We will head into the off-season looking to get stronger and more efficient in execution for a better 2008.”
After a promising 2-1 start to the year, this loss dropped the Eagles to 1-6 in district play and 3-7 overall for the season. Fans were hoping for a better showing this year after fielding a much younger team last year and they got that with the team tripling its wins.
The Kingwood High School Fillies Dance Team, under the direction of April Swenson, recently announced the team's military and social officers for next year at their spring banquet held Saturday, May 19th at the Airport Marriott.
The team will be led by military officers Sarah Starkweather, Colonel; Jordan Cooney, Lt. Colonel and Laura Marshall, Lt. Colonel. These young ladies will focus on assisting their director with choreography, teaching, and most of all, the day-to-day leadership of the team.
The social officers were also announced at the banquet. Jordan Norcross was named president, with Lauren Colona and Alyssa Priest to share the responsibility of vice president.
Twelve social officers will help organize and plan team community service activities, parties and events during the upcoming year. They all hope to make this a fun-filled, successful and memorable year.
The Kingwood High School Fillies will begin their year performing during half-time at the football games, followed up by dance competitions in the spring season. Several fund-raising events will be planned throughout the year to help defray travel and costume costs. Fund-raising event dates and other details will be announced later.
Photo: The new military officers for the Kingwood High School Fillies Dance Team are, left to right, back row, Kinsey Burdette, Brooke Howell, Sarah Starkweather and Steffani Willms; and, front row, Jordan Cooney, Laura Marshall, Shyanne Kenny & Melissa Siebert.