HS Girls Basketball Playoffs: Cy-Springs Knocks-Out Oak Ridge in Area Round

By: Julio Varguez
| Published 02/17/2023


HOUSTON, TX -- The Oak Ridge Lady War Eagles traveled to the M.O. Campbell Center to face the Cy-Springs Lady Panthers on Friday night in the UIL Area Round. Oak Ridge was coming off a 52-35 win over Nimitz while Cy-Springs defeated Klein Oak 54-35 in the Bi-District Round.

In the first quarter, Cy-Springs came out strong and immediately locked down the Oak Ridge offense by putting full court pressure on the ball. Oak Ridge would try to keep their momentum but would struggle getting through the lane and keeping the ball on offense. Cy-Springs would force many turnovers which would convert to points on the board.

Much like the first, in the second quarter Cy-Springs would once again smother the ball and force many turnovers. They would also cause a lot of bad looks at the basket for Oak Ridge which resulted in a one-point quarter. Ayla McDowell with Cy-Springs would 17 of the teams 34 points before the half which would give them a 26-point lead at halftime.

In the second half, Oak Ridge would wake up just a bit but again the Cy-Springs defense would be relentless. They shut down the paint but Oak Ridge would manage to squeeze by a couple of times to get much needed points on the board. Cy-Springs would outscore Oak Ridge 20-10 in the third quarter.

Towards the end, the Lady War Eagles would find a groove but it would be much too late. Cy-Springs would eventually take the 64-31 win and move on to the Regional Quarterfinals.

“I am proud of their fight and just how they mesh together as a team. It was really fun coaching them.” Said Oak Ridge head coach Deidre Vasquez. She continued, “hard work pays off and if you give it your all every game, you can be in every game.”

As for the seniors, who this will be their last game, coach Vasquez said, “they’re just really great top notch kiddos. We are definitely going to miss every last one of them.”

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