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Denton Ryan girls' basketball program had a season to be proud of after finishing second in their district and making a playoff appearance. Despite a hard-fought 58-45 loss to Midlothian Heritage, the Lady Raiders left everything on the court and have everything to be proud of this season. VYPE DFW was at the playoff game to catch all the great highlights of the Lady Raiders!
Beginning in preseason play, the team posted incredible victories this season. With big moments against Frisco Wakeland, Frisco, Aubrey, and more, the Lady Raiders worked hard to break into their district play ready for any challenge. Through district play, the Lady Raiders posted a 11-3 record while defeating the likes of Denton, Richland, Grapevine, Colleyville Heritage, and more. Check out highlights from their playoff game against Midlothian Heritage now!
Highlight video by Will Laterza and Ibifiri Jamabo.
Watch out for Westfield
The UIL girls basketball playoff tipped-off Monday, so let’s take a look around the brackets to see which Houston-area teams have a legit shot at making a run.
In Class 6A Region II, VYPE likes Westfield, Klein Collins, Grand Oaks and Cy Springs. All four won their district and the first three went undefeated in conference.
All have star power -- Ayla McDowell of Cy Springs is a nationally-ranked sophomore; sophomores Bree Riley and Margan Allen of Grand Oaks make up one of the most lethal backcourts in the state; Westfield’s Kierra Merchant (UH) averages 26 per game and Klein Collins’ junior Christin Callens is a walking double-double.
Best Story – Aldine High made the postseason this year after being out of the playoffs for years.
Class 6A Region III is blood bath in Houston as six state-ranked teams go for bragging rights.
Pearland, Hightower and Katy battle in the top half of the bracket, while Summer Creek, Austin and Deer Park are in the bottom half.
UNC-signee RyLee Grays is a matchup problem in the paint, averaging 16 and 11, while the duo of Andrea Sturdivant and Kelechi Dike make FB Austin a tough out. Summer Creek hasn’t been as dominant this season, but could get hot at the right time. Could Deer Park sneak up on teams with Maci Whitfield?
Don’t Sleep On: Clear Brook, West Brook and North Shore can beat anyone in the field on any given night.
In Class 5A Region III, Fulshear is coming out of the southwest, Manvel from the south, Barbers Hill from the west and Lake Creek from the north.
Sisters Ruke and Ese Ogbevire have led the Chargers to an unblemished district record, while Manvel has also cruised through their district going undefeated. Make that a third in Barbers Hill going 14-0 and 30-5 overall. The Hill’s Bryan Harris has already won a State Title as the head coach of Manvel a few years back.
Cinderella Story: Willowridge returns to the postseason after at 10-year absence.
In Class 4A Region III, the Bay City Black Cats are pretty legit, going undefeated in district play. The ‘Cats are balanced with super sophs Alaysia Cook and Kylee Perry and junior Alizia Gonzales, who all average in double-figures.