Manvel girls’ basketball has been on the rise over the last few seasons and this season they’re sending messages left and right to everyone in Region 3 5-A that they are definitely the team to beat. The Mavericks have one of, if not the most impressive frontline in the country in Brianna Turner, Rangie Bessard and Jordan Hosey and I refer to them as “The Big Three.”
Turner, a McDonald’s All American lock, is ranked be many as the best player in the country and has already signed with Notre Dame. Bessard, relatively unknown on a national level prior to last summer, signed with Minnesota while Hosey, only a junior, has already committed to Texas.
Those three combine for almost 70% of their 68 points per game for the squad that has gone 28-2 so far this season however other players have stepped up as well. Seniors Keyerra Fisher and Jonee Jones start in the backcourt for the Mavericks and both have given boosts throughout the season on both ends while one of the most improved players in the area, Ariana Sanders, is also among the top defenders in the area.
Mykhaela Tolds’ makes her presence felt when she steps on the court as her length and athleticism works out well and the biggest boost of all might be the transfer of sharpshooter Amiya Jackson.
The Mavericks two losses have been to Duncanville, back to back Texas state champs, and Whitney Young out of Chicago and with the exception of a three point win against Pflugerville and a two point victory over Desoto, no other team has cracked double digits as they have shown most of the contenders in Region 3 they are definitely the team to beat.
As the season winds down to its last week, I’ll give you a breakdown on who has the best chance of knocking the Mavericks out of that trip to Austin next week.