Girls Varsity Basketball:
It was a week of contrasts for the Girls Varsity team. On Tuesday, January 4th the Spring Woods Tigers came calling and went home with a 43-point loss. In the second quarter Stratford held the Tigers scoreless! The Spartans scored 65 in the rout, with the effort spread across most of the team. Freshman Aria Taylor led with 11 points. Seniors Audrey Hernandez and Kelsey Blackwood had 10 apiece. Sophomore Holly Horton and Senior Jazmine Green each had six.
Fortune did not favor the Spartans on Friday vs. Memorial. Nothing went the Spartans way while the shots just kept falling for the Mustangs in the loss. Points were hard to come by with Green leading all Spartans scorers with eight. Senior Bianca Pinal and Junior JaKyla Cheeves each had four.
Varsity is 3-2 in District and has the playoffs in their sights.
Girls JV Basketball:
The JV Spartans played possibly their best quarter of basketball this season at the most optimal time - the final period against rival Memorial on Friday. Down four as the fourth quarter started, the Spartans poured in 15 and held the Mustangs to only five points to come out with a 35-29 victory. Sophomore Kendall Zoboroski had eight points in the fourth and 12 overall to pace the team. Junior Lilah Epps had eight points and freshman Ella O'Connor had five. Sophomore Evynn Stallwitz was a big asset in the fourth with a huge block, rebound and two crucial baskets.
Spring Woods was down 12-0 in the first quarter and 30-4 at halftime and it was over as the Spartans rolled 52-13 on
Tuesday, January 4. Epps had nine points and Zoboroski, O'Connor and sophomore Lali Vega each had six.
Girls Freshman Basketball:
The future of the Spartans program looks bright with talented young players including Rachel Ashby and Aria Taylor, freshman who are getting significant court time on the varsity team, and JV's O'Connor, also a freshman. Despite their absence on the freshman team, the wins are mounting for the youngest Spartans after they knocked off Memorial 49-42 and waxed Spring Woods 55-7.
Similar to JV, the Freshman entered the fourth quarter down by three points, but Turned. It. On. the rest of the game, outscoring Memorial 21-11 down the stretch. Emily Graydon knocked in two three-pointers in the fourth and finished with 10 points for the game. Megan Hallmark lead the team with 12 points and Sophia Phongsey scored nine.
Judging by the stat sheet, the whole team did their best to score in the first quarter against Spring Woods. Seven different players put the ball through the hoop en route to a 22-2 lead. Twice the Spartans held the Tigers scoreless in a quarter. Gretchen Loveless, Kendall Davis and Graydon each scored eight points and Katherine Cronin added six. Final score was 55-7.
The Lady Spartans varsity basketball team came out ready to play Tuesday night and got their first win of the season in a blowout fashion, topping Clements 58-31 on Tuesday night. Jasmine Green's energy and intensity helped her lead the team with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 7 steals. Audrey Hernandez added eight points and Holly Horton was a presence in the post, contributing seven points and five rebounds.
Thursday the Varsity took that momentum to the C.E. King Tournament where they first faced Houston Madison. It was a back and forth affair into halftime but the Spartans came out firing in the second half, with sharp-shooter Hernandez hitting four from the beyond the arc and leading the team with 16 points in a 65-42 victory. Green and JaKyla Cheeves scored 12 apiece.
The Spartans returned to the court the same evening with Cheeves and Green leading a defensive charge vs. Porter that held the opposition to only 20% shooting efficiency and 30 points. Cheeves continued her strong night with 11 points, three rebounds and four steals in the 35-30 win. Hernandez added 11 points and three rebounds and Green peppered the stat sheet with five points, 10 rebounds and seven steals.
Friday the Varsity team took the court against an aggressive and athletic 4-0 Aldine Nimitz. The Spartans came out on fire hitting four of their first five shots. Nimitz jumped into a full court press, rattling the Spartans and tying up the game. From there no team could garner a lead greater than five. With 15 seconds left in the game, Nimitz was down by three with the ball. They ran a misdirection play for their top guard who knocked down the shot to send it into overtime. The score see-sawed in OT and with nine seconds remaining and Nimitz ahead by one, the Spartans went the length of the court with Maggie Parker receiving the ball with two seconds left on the clock. Parker pulled up and knocked down a short corner shot at the buzzer for the win, 41-40! The final basket gave Parker a team high 13 points plus six rebounds. Hernandez had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds and Green contributed six points plus eight off the glass.
Saturday’s game vs. Klein was a defensive battle with neither team able to score over 30 points. Cheeves' stellar defensive efforts helped hold Klein’s best player well below her point average, but the Spartans fell by two, 30-28 and finished the tournament with three wins vs. one loss. Hernandez opened up things on the offensive end for the Spartans hitting two three's and leading with 11 points overall. Green had 12 rebounds. The Lady Spartans will be back in action on Monday, Nov. 15 at Fort Bend Austin at 5:30pm.
The JV team is undefeated after crushing Clements 59-25 on Tuesday. Ella O’Connor led the team in scoring with 10 points to go along with four rebounds and three steals. Kendall Zoboroski and Ryen Greenwood each had nine points, Lilah Epps added eight points and six rebounds, and Citlali Vega brought hustle and garnered a big night with eight points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. The JV is currently not scheduled to take the floor again until Nov. 22 at 9a at Stratford.
The Freshmen earned their first victory as Spartans in a dominating 64-13 fashion vs. Clements on Tuesday. Katherine Cronin led with14 points and Chassity Mandley added 10. Kendall Davis led the team with 12 rebounds. An intense team defensive effort kept the opposition from ever getting any scoring rhythm and also produced a plethora of points off turnovers. Next game is Monday, Nov. 15 at Fort Bend Austin.
Its hard to win when the opposition seemingly just can’t miss a shot. The Stratford Women’s Basketball season opened with a non-conference game at Cy-Woods on Friday, November 5th. The game was close in the early going, but Spartan turnovers and the Wildcats making the most of scoring opportunities proved to be too much with the final 74-38. The Spartans were led by Audrey Hernandez with 14 points and four rebounds. Jasmin Green was strong on the glass with 14 rebounds and eight points. JaKyla Cheeves dropped in seven points and Holly Horton brought down five rebounds. The Spartans host their first home game of the season on Friday, Nov. 9 vs. Fort Bend Clements at 7p.
JV Coach Audrisa Harrison is undefeated as a Spartan. Harrison is 1-0 after her first official game as Head Coach Alexis Green's newest addition to the program. The JV team won 38-36 vs. Cy-Woods in a frenzied back and forth game that saw Stratford jump out to a 7-1 lead before allowing the Wildcats to take over 21-17 at halftime. Coach Harrison turned up the defensive pressure in the second half and the opposition wilted. The Spartans tied the game at 25 off a defensive rebound and pass by Kendall Zoboroski to Ryan Greenwood. The lead stretched to three with six minutes in the game off an assist from Lilah Epps to Zoboroski at 30-27. The Wildcats made a late charge but a fast break score by Zoboroski with 1:25 to play was the winning margin. Zoboroski contributed 16 points and four steals. Epps had 10 points, 12 steals and four rebounds. Evan Stallwitz, Ella O'Connor, Ella Pezzia and Greenwood made big contributions to the win. The JV team next travels to the C.E. King Tournament Nov. 11-13.
The Stratford fresh took the court at Cy-Woods for the first time as Spartans and their eagerness and excitement were evident, but they weren’t able to channel that into the performance they wanted, falling 41-16. Kendall Davis filled up the stat-sheet for Coach Green with four points, eight rebounds and six steals. Chassity Mandley also had four points plus four steals. Its going to be fun to watch this group of ladies grow and mature into this season and over the next few years as they become JV and then Varsity leaders of the program. The next game is also at the C.E. King Tournament Nov. 11-13.