The match of the tournament went as predicted with more than one observer saying that the boys’ semifinal between St. Mark’s and Clear Creek placed the two best teams in the same bracket. Clear Creek won 9-8 by methodically whittling away their deficit, never letting the Lions too far out of reach. The physical match, in which Creek was simply bigger, was bolstered by regional fans – Dallas vs. Houston – who witnessed two teams of high quality. Clear Creek finally took the lead with just over a minute on the simplest of shots: a lazer by junior Jared Castillo on a free throw from outside five meters. St. Mark’s jumble of lanky arms weren’t enough to prevent it from hitting the net, and the Lions were unable to generate sufficient motion on the final play to get a quality shot. The horn sounded before the ball reached the danger zone, and the Wildcats’ fans celebrated wildly.
The preceding match pitted the Baytown Sterling girls against Clear Creek, with the Rangers of Baytown fending off a comeback to pull out the match, 7-6. The South region number one stabilized themselves after an outburst of emotion caused two-meter Emily Woodruff to get rolled for the match. Creek was unable to take advantage of it in the end and fell to play in the third place match.
On the other side of the facility, Jersey Village earned the right to play for the championship with a convincing win over Tomball, 11-7, while Clear Lake took down Clear Spring on the girls’ side, 12-7. The final matches begin at 6:20 locally.
Cal Baptist women’s coach, Jake Medina, is here taking the opportunity to view Texas’ talent. His Lancers are familiar with some of the best Texas has produced, such as Iona’s Amy Olsen and Brown’s Madison Pepper, both centers and Baytown Sterling grads.