Girls Basketball wins State Championship
The girls and boys basketball teams both advanced to the TCAL 2A State Final for the third consecutive year. The girls, looking to defend their back-to-back titles, defeated Houston School of the Woods 51-49 to win their third straight title. The boys, winners of five straight, fell to Houston Texas Christian 74-47 in their Finals match-up.
The Lady Rams won the final in the same dramatic way they advanced to it. A frantic first half left three starters in foul trouble. A buzzer-beating (watch here) three pointer from Claire Donaho put the Lady Rams up 25-24 at the half. A back and forth second half led to a one point led for school of the woods at the end of the third quarter. With just under two minutes remaining, facing a seven point deficit, a defensive switch to man-to-man from a zone provided the needed spark. Jessica Little picked up two steals that produced a fast break bucket by Sabha Dosani and a trip to the line for two free throws by Ally Friedman. That cut the deficit to two, and a poor possession by the Wildcats resulted in a turnover. A great low post assist by Tess Friedman to sister Ally Friedman during the resulting possession trimmed their lead to one. With nine seconds left on the clock, the same play – this time with an assist from Dosani – resulted in an and-one for Ally Friedman and a 51-49 score. The Wildcats inbounded the ball, got off a shot, and Claire Donaho grabbed the defensive rebound. A Wildcats player jumped in and forced a jump ball as time expired. The referees decided to put .6 seconds back on the clock. But the desperation shot from Wildcat Gabrielle Holt was long and the celebration began.
All-Tournament selections for the girls were: A’Lyssa Cunningham, Ally Friedman, Jessica Little and Sabha Dosani (MVP).
The boys game pitted the Rams against the Tigers for the fourth time this season. In a hard fought game, the Rams were playing from behind early. A steady back and forth kept the score with in a few possessions in the first half. However, the second half became another story as the Rams just weren’t firing on all cylinders to pull out the win. Senior, Cody Vega and Sophomore, Steven Henderson were named to the All-Tournament team. While the loss stops the longest streak of consecutive State Titles in school history at five, the boys played hard and represented the history of the program well.
Semi-Final scores: Girls: Allen Academy 53, El Paso Tec de Monterrey 50; Boys: Allen Academy 67, El Paso Tec de Monterrey 48.
Quarter-Final score: Boys: Allen Academy 67, Tyler King’s Academy 46.