The stage has been set and we know who’s in “The Show” which is also known as the 5A Region 3 area semifinals. Manvel (30-2) has simply dominated the region losing only to defending state champion Duncanville in the Texas Invitational and Whitney Young (Chicago, IL.) in the Sandra Meadows Classic. Their “Big Three” of Brianna Turner, Jordan Hosey and Rangie Bessard have all come up big at various points throughout the season and all three scored in double digits in their quarterfinal victory over North Shore 60-41. Turner, a McDonald’s All American who will be playing for Notre Dame scored 20 points and had an unofficial triple double as I kept most of what she did in my head. Bessard, who signed with Minnesota, scored 13 while Hosey, only a junior, yet who’s already committed to Texas, added 10 and on top of that, Keyerra Fisher came off the bench to add 10 as well. Their victory over North Shore was closer than the score would indicate, freshman Chasstity Patterson went completely off scoring 22 points, this kid has MDAA written all over her
Manvel will play Cy Ranch (27-9) in the semifinals on Friday night. The Mustangs finished fourth in the toughest district in the area, District 17, and made it to the area semi’s by defeating the team that won the district, Cy Fair, 51-41. No stats to give you but all I was hearing was the slender freshman was going off which would be Deauzya Richards. Ranch has battled injuries all season, a big boost to their line-up was the return of Rachel Tapps, one of the top defenders in the state. Cienna Rivera (Louisiana Lafayette) and Sydney Coleman (TCU) along with yet another freshman, Arriana Whitfield, all have to be clicking along with Richards and Tapps to beat Manvel and always remember, you only have to be the best team that particular game. The winner of this game plays the winner of the Cy Woods (30-5) vs Pearland (30-6) match-up. Manvel has been both teams twice this season by double digits. Cy Woods is also from District 17 while Pearland, like Manvel are representing District 22.