Don't look now- My preseason picks for the city included Jay and Steele near or at the top. Injuries decimated the Jay squad early but the Mustangs showed how they are a team to be reckoned with vs Stevens last Tuesday. Destiny Amezquita(2013) looks to be back to her old ways and that spells trouble for opposing guards!
Steele seems to be getting all their talent on the same page. Rice bound guard Elena Gumbs is shooting incredibly from the field, percentage wise. The super talented freshman, Kyra Lambert is making her presence felt. Baylor bound scoring machine, McKenzie Calvert(2014) recently scored her 1000th career point and is feasting on the district.
Calvert is one of the few kids that I have seen that "kills" weaker opponents. Many coaches talk about having the killer instinct being missing in many players. A Final Four coach recently visited the city and spoke of the tendency of elite players to not take high school serious and play down to competition. Not Calvert. She has the focus to score 30 plus numerous times recently while her team won by large margins.
Incarnate Word vs Antonian- I have been told that last nights environment was the best in recent history for a girls basketball game. Standing room only crowd filled with heckling students, painted faces, and a professional entertainer at half time made for a raucous time. Incarnate Word was led by Briana Bustamante with 16 points while Jackie Anderson led Antonian with 11 points in the low scoring affair.
Distinguished Visitors- Jay's Antania "T" Newton has Texas State in the house tonight. Houston Baptist University is coming out next week.
LSU is in the house viewing the Johnson vs Lee game tonight. Stanford will watch Johnson take on MacArthur next week.
Wendy Knight- The most slept on kid in the city, Knight put on a show vs Johnson on Tuesday. Knight scored 18 points in the 1st half. Knight ended up with 25 points, the same as Johnson's top two scorers COMBINED for the entire game.
Reagan - Speaking of Knight, how good is Reagan and its coach Terry Barton? Johnson was down by 8 points at half to Reagan in a close game. Coach Barton made the appropriate adjustments at half time and his squad ran away with the game by close to 30 points. Talent and good coaching usually makes for a contender for a State trip come March. Reagan has both.
Must Read!- This ESPN article details the DANGERS of social media for prospective athletes.