HS Basketball Scoreboard: Conroe boys clinch playoff spot; Grand Oaks girls get first playoff win
THE WOODLANDS, TX --
Conroe 76, Oak Ridge 63
A playoff spot was on the line on Friday night as the Tigers and War Eagles met at Oak Ridge High School. Conroe went on the road and picked up their third win over Oak Ridge this season and clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2017. However, Oak Ridge will also make the playoffs for the first time since 2018 via a tiebreaker over Grand Oaks.
Both teams started the game at a fast pace that led to a lot of end to end action for most of the opening quarter. Thanks to the three-point shooting of AJ Osborne and AJ Badger, the War Eagles held an 18-16 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Conroe was able to flip the script in the second quarter as they slowed things down offensively and began finding high-quality shots. Conroe took the lead around the five-minute mark when JJ Moore weaved his way through the defense for the bucket. While the tempo on offense was dialed back, Conroe kept the heat up defensively and forced Oak Ridge into mistakes that led to easy points at the other end. Kamari Weatherspoon, the WOL Sports Player of the Game, played a big role in Conroe holding a 13-point lead at halftime. Weatherspoon sank a mid-range jumper to put the Tigers up double digits, then fought through a foul to hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer.
Oak Ridge flirted with a comeback in the second half, as Conroe’s lead hovered around 10 points, but whenever the Tigers needed a score, they were consistently able to find one.
Weatherspoon, along with Mikey Sneed, finished the game with 21 points in the win. For Oak Ridge, AJ Osborne led with 18 points.
Conroe finishes the regular season with a 10-14 overall record and 7-8 in district play. Oak Ridge finishes at 12-15 and 6-9 in district play. Up next for both teams will be playoff games against District 14 late next week.
College Park 82, Grand Oaks 45
The Cavaliers completed a perfect district season with another dominant performance. The 2020-21 District 13-6A champions were led by Ty Buckmon and Drew Calderon with 17 and 16 points respectively. College Park wraps up the regular season at 24-3 overall, 15-0 in district play. The Grizzlies’ first 6A season comes to an end at 12-14, 6-9.
The Woodlands 53, Willis 43
The Highlanders bounced back after a tough loss to head into the playoffs on a high note with the 10-point win over the Wildkats. As the two seed, The Woodlands finished the regular season with a 20-7 overall record, 11-4 in district play. Willis’ year comes to an end at 2-25, 0-15.
Grand Oaks 41, Aldine MacArthur 25
In their first season at the 6A level, the Grizzles reached another milestone. The 2-seed in District 13 grabbed their first-ever playoff win in the bi-district round over the Generals.
Jada Bennett led the Grizzlies with 13 points, followed by 10 points from Kaitlyn Stewart.
Up next is an area round matchup against Langham Creek.
Spring 44, Conroe 32
The Tigers season came to an end in the bi-district round against the District 14 champion Lions. Isabella Stafford was the leading scorer with 14 points. The 4-seed Tigers’ season comes to an end with a 10-9 overall record.