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No. 1 Second Baptist School Eagles
2021 TAPPS 5A State Runner-Ups
In two of John Herndon's first three seasons at the helm of Second Baptist School, the Eagles have found themselves playing for the TAPPS 5A State Championship.
What's crazy is that Herndon took this squad back to the State Title game in 2021 with only one senior in the starting five.
The rest are back, making this team super dangerous. The junior class is led by first-team, all-state pick Kate Marshall, who averaged a double-double a year ago (15 points and 10 rebounds per game), followed by second-team all-stater Oliva Walker (6 ppg, 3 rpg).
The straw who stirs the drink on offense is sophomore Olivia Sauvageau — a second-team, all-state pick as a freshman — who averaged 11 points and four steals per game. Ella Ryan is another name to remember after she averaged seven points, four rebounds, three steals and three assists per game a year ago.
The motto for this season is "A Little Better Every Day". If they do that, the Eagles could find themselves back in the State Title game for a third-straight year.
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No. 2 Houston Christian Mustangs
Last year, was a funky season for teams in SPC.
Due to COVID-19, the league decided to not host its winter championships. Instead, they named Zone Champions. For Houston Christian, after going 6-1 in district play, the Mustangs finished second in the South Zone standings tied with Episcopal.
The season also included an impressive win over Second Baptist School, which went on to play in the TAPPS 5A State Championship game.
The Mustangs will be led by D'Asia Thomas as the rising star enters her junior season after averaging 22.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in 16 contests. Thomas is ranked No.2 in Texas according to PrepGirlsHoops and saw her recruitment blow up this summer with offers from Oklahoma, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Virginia Tech amongst the group.
Other key returners around her include Jalayah Ingram, who averaged 13.1 points and 2.4 assists per game, and Kayla Mackel — who had 12 points per contest a year ago. Houston Christian is the team to beat in SPC in 2022.