The Holiday hoop tournament slate is in full swing.
Several big-named teams participated in local events as they prepare for the district season.
Here's what happened…
Katy ISD Classic
The event wrapped up with a rematch from last year's event – last year's state finalist Klein Forest against Katy ISD Classic defending champs Morton Ranch.
The Eagles jumped out to an early first quarter lead, but the Morton Ranch Mavs rallied back behind a 20-point third quarter from Baylor-signee LJ Cryer. In the end, the Mavs were able to defend their title with a 75-65 victory. Cryer finished with 43 points and Eddie Lampkin added 11 points in the win.
Tournament MVP: LJ Cryer – Morton Ranch
Gold Bracket 3rd Place: Eisenhower
Morton Ranch wins Katy ISD TournamentRay Meach
The Lamar Consolidated Tournament
The tournament was jam-packed with talent in each pool featuring the likes of Episcopal, Travis, North Shore, Fulshear and George Ranch just to name a few. In the end, the Travis Tigers handed North Shore their first loss of the season to secure the trophy with a score of 49-46. The Tigers faces Royal and Foster in pool play and defeated George Ranch in bracket play, before facing North Shore in the championship.
Gold Bracket Runner Up: North Shore
Gold Bracket Consolation: George Ranch
Fort Bend Travis wins Lamar Consolidated TournamentRay Meach
The Houston Christian Mustang Classic
The Mustang slate of games was as entertaining as ever. The championship game pitted Houston vs Dallas, featuring the two-time defending state champs Houston Christian against John Paul II. The John Paul Cardinals came out victorious behind sound play from Tournament MVP Jaylon Tyson.
Tournament MVP: Jaylon Tyson – John Paul II
Runner up: Houston Christian
Third Place: The Village School
The Pearland Classic went to the host school Pearland, who is having a tremendous pre-district run. Over Thanksgiving, the Shadow Creek Sharks beat The Woodlands at the Highlander Holiday Event.
The John Cooper School girls' basketball team is putting together something pretty special on the hardwood.
It's early, but the early results have been impressive as they are putting the Southwest Preparatory Conference on notice.
"We've returned all five starters and had some new pieces come in who will make a big difference this season," coach BJ Feuerhelm said. "Our talent combined with our camaraderie will make this a really special season."
Most recently, the Dragons won the Brookshire Classic over the weekend with wins over Grace Community, Legacy Christian and Bishop Gorman.
Katelyn Wood, Ajailah Ogiewonyi and Aalyssa Rogers were named all-tournament for their exploits. Freshman Jorynn Ross looks like the future, while senior Alex Sims brings senior leadership.
The Dragons look to extend their four-game winning streak Friday at home against Humble Christian Academy.
THE GALLERY By Bradley Collier