MISSOURI CITY – All season long, the Fulshear girls’ basketball team has relied on a balanced offensive attack to get into the 5A playoffs. But that offense on Saturday was as chilly as the weather last week.
Fulshear’s offense couldn’t find its second gear late in the game, while Manvel relied on a big performance by junior guard Jordyn Marshall as the Chargers fell 58-40 in a 5A area round playoff matchup Saturday night at Hopson Fieldhouse.
The Lady Mavericks, now 23-5 on the season, move on to the Region III-5A quarterfinals where they will face Beaumont United, who beat Lamar Consolidated earlier in the day.
Marshall scored 27 points, including connecting on four three-pointers to carry Manvel to victory. Meanwhile, Fulshear depended on its sophomore guard, Ese Ogbevire, for its offense. But the Chargers could not find that second option to make a run in the game.
“(Manvel’s) an aggressive team, and that’s one of the more aggressive teams that we have faced other than Foster,” Fulshear head coach D’Shanna Brown said. “We kept clawing and clawing, and some of the things were from our own mistakes that they were executing off of. You can’t make those mental mistakes, especially rebounding, which was critical for us.”
It looked at the start of the game that the Chargers were ready to go, as Ogbevire scored twice, a bucket by sophomore Kennedy Hill and a three-pointer by junior guard Reina Flores put Fulshear up 9-2. But Manvel went on a 10-0 run to end the first quarter to take a 12-9 lead.
The Lady Mavs kept its offense going in the second quarter, scoring 18 points. Senior guard Mikayla Green made a couple of three-pointers and Marshall hit another trey as she scored 10 points in the first half, while Green had all of her 12 points at the break.
The Chargers were held to only five points in the second quarter, all scored by Ogbevire on an and-one play and three free throws. Fulshear trailed 30-14 at the break.
In the third quarter, Marshall went to work again, making three treys in the third quarter and scoring 13 points in the period as Manvel built a lead as much as 21 points. But the Chargers began an offensive push as Ogbevire and Flores each hit a three, and Hill scored six points in the quarter to cut the deficit to 15 going into the final period.
Ogbevire scored twice on driving layups early in the fourth quarter, but she then picked up two quick fouls and fouled out of the game. Fulshear scored only four more points in the period as the Chargers struggled from the field. Manvel also had its offense hit a lull point in the fourth, but Marshall hit four free throws to put the game out of reach.
Hill ended with 10 points and Flores had nine points for Fulshear, who season ends with a record of 17-8.
It was the final game for Charger seniors Kylie Ashman, Jordyn Watson, Leila Dawudi and Caroline Hutchinson.