Inside the Program: John Cooper School Boys Basketball
By Bradley Collier
Tompkins was a young, precocious bunch last season, but made significant strides late in the year.
That included an eye-opening 3-1 win over eventual Class 6A State Champion Seven Lakes that prevented an undefeated district title for the Spartans.
The Falcons return a lot of firepower.
Senior 5-foot-11 outside hitter/defensive specialist Paris Herrman (3.2 kills per set) and junior 6-foot outside hitter Cindy Tchouangwa (3.1 kills per set) lead a potent attack that also includes junior 6-foot-1 outside hitter Ella Folse and junior 5-foot-9 outside hitter/middle Katy Lopez as emerging playmakers.
Herrman is Tompkins' dynamic do-it-all. She led the team in aces with 34 and averaged 3.2 digs per set to go along with her dominant swings.
Though the Falcons graduated key defensive specialists, Herrman, senior Cassidy Karonka and Tchouangwa are enough to step in.
The Falcons will need Karonka and junior Presley Powell to step up at setter. Also keep an eye on junior 5-foot-11 outside hitter Tendai Titley.
Bridgeland continues its rapid rise.
In its third year of varsity play last season, the Bears won a second-straight district championship and made it past the first round of the playoffs for the first time, and went all the way to the Regional Quarterfinals.
Bridgeland returns three of its top four attackers in junior outside hitter Kennedy Kays (2.6 kills per set), senior outside hitter Mallorie Garner (2.5 kills per set) and senior outside hitter Karrington Kays (1.8 kills per set). Karrington is committed to University of St. Thomas.
Expect junior hitter Olivia Waggoner and senior middle blocker/hitter Emily Marks (Southwestern University-commit) to also provide depth in the attack. They combined to average 3.1 kills per set last season.
The Bears will have to find some defensive help, however, after graduating their top three specialists. Senior defensive specialist Brooke Adams will be asked to contribute in a more prominent role after averaging 2.4 digs per set last season.
The Bears will also need to find a setter to set up the Kays sisters and Garner.
Up in north Houston sits Willis High School – the home to the Wildkats – and the likes of former football star Michael Bishop, track star Chris Platt, softballer Casey Dixon and pitcher Brandon Birdsell.
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