Girls basketball: Memorial next for defending champs
Dobie's been up and down all season, and that rollercoaster ride continued last Friday, with the Lady Longhorns doing good and bad things in their District 22-5A opener against South Houston.
But in the end they walked away with a confidence-boosting 45-39 victory that coach Shane Brown hopes will shed a little more light on his players' abilities.
Next up for the defending district champions is a matchup with Pasadena Memorial, which won its district opener against Pasadena.
ABOUT THE GAME
• Matchup: Dobie vs. Pasadena Memorial
• When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday
• Where: Dobie High School gym
• What's at stake: The Lady Longhorns have just one game left in the first half of district, so it's important to finish strong and carry some momentum into the home stretch. The Lady Mavericks got off to a good start despite still waiting for star guard Jessica Elkins to return to health after dislocating her knee cap Dec. 7.
• Dobie players to watch: G/F Shanequa Gaston, SG Jazmin Guerrero, PG Chelsea Rodriguez, W Derika Thomas
• Memorial players to watch: PG Lisa Gale, P Clare Snelson, F Desirae Ramirez, G Jackie Morales
• Dobie: Starting post Darien Price was out for several days after someone landed on her while she was diving for a loose ball against The Woodlands. Brown was hoping to have her back for the district opener. … Dobie had a good flow early against the Lady Highlanders, then they hit a 40-foot 3-pointer in the last seconds of the first quarter for an 18-10 lead, and it was all downhill from there. "The wheels fell off after that," Brown said. Dobie lost 74-37.
• Memorial: With Elkins out, senior Lisa Gale has taken over the responsibility of directing the offense. She's one of three returning starters, and six lettermen back, including Elkins and post Clare Snelson. … Gale drained four 3-pointer en route to a game-high 15 points in a 43-36 victory against the Lady Eagles. She did most of her damage in the first half, when the Lady Mavs scored 26 points and took a 14-point halftime lead.
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