It may be still January and there is still a month left in the season, but it’s tough to say that there’s a reason why the Foster girl’s basketball team is not a contender for a state title.
The Lady Falcons seem to do the necessary things to be a winner, and do them very well. Offense, check. Defense, check. Depth, check. Creating turnovers, check-plus.
That was how it looked on Friday night as Foster got its ninth win in a row – all lopsided wins. The Lady Falcons held Fulshear to only 16 points total in a 79-16 win at home in a District 24-5A game.
This came a day after Foster beat Willowridge 102-7. That’s not a typo. Seven points total scored by the Lady Eagles.
Head coach Savitra Williams-Smith knows her team in playing outstanding basketball this season, but still wants them to keep that killer instinct going as the Lady Falcons go into the playoffs.
“Moving forward in district, we are just trying to sharpen our tools,” Williams-Smith said. “I think we have to work toward perfection. So in the back of my mind, yeah we look good, but we’re not looking perfect.”
Foster’s offense went into high gear early as senior forward Collins Clark scored three close-range baskets in the first quarter, all on backdoor passes. Meanwhile, the Lady Falcons played a half-court trap defense for almost the entire game, causing the Chargers to turn the ball over 15 times in the first half.
After taking a 17-4 lead at the end of the first quarter, Foster then went on a 20-0 run in the second quarter, as Foster outscored Fulshear 28-2 in the quarter as senior guard Kaiya Wynn scored 14 first-half points and junior guard Imani Ivery hit two three-pointers in the half to put Foster up 45-6 at halftime.
Foster (15-2, 10-0) kept the pressure on in the second half, forcing 19 more turnovers and scoring 34 points in the half, compared to Fulshear’s 10.
Four Lady Falcons were in double digits, led by Wynn’s game-high 26-point effort. She also has 12 rebounds and five steals. Ivery had 19 points and nine steals, while
Clark had 18 points, five rebounds and four steals.
Junior forward Sydney Freeman scored 12 points and had five rebounds, while senior forward Alicia Blanton added four points, five rebounds and eight steals.
Fulshear (12-5, 7-3) had senior forward Kylie Ashman, senior forward Jordyn Watson and sophomore guard Ese Ogbevire each score four points, with senior guard Leila Dawudi adding a three-pointer.
“No matter the circumstance, you always have to play hard,” Fulshear head coach D’Shanna Brown said. “You just got to battle through and fight through adversity.
“The girls, they don’t allow bad games to affect them for too long. They know tomorrow is a brand new day.”
Fulshear looks to get back on track on Tuesday in a key game at Hightower, while Foster looks to stay hot at Terry on Tuesday.