Working through traffic

George Ranch sophomore Savannah Velazquez drives to the basket against Katy Tompkins.

Speed and pace can often be indicators of quality high school girls basketball.

Can a team press the action in the fast-break? Or put a team on its heals with quick ball movement?

If Tuesday’s George Ranch-Katy Tompkins basketball game is any indicator of future success, both teams will have a strong season.

Katy Tompkins was able to run past the Longhorns in the third quarter to hold onto the 52-47 win. But George Ranch head coach Shalesha Pierce has plenty of things to build off of with the Longhorns storming back in the fourth quarter with a chance to tie in the final minute.

“Tompkins has been playing well,” Pierce said. “We had a really bad third quarter but thought we bounced back really well.

“That is what I’m looking for in the early part of the season: the ability to make adjustments.

“We’ll clean up the little things as we get more conformable with the offense.”

George Ranch was able to swarm the Tompkins players attempting to bring the ball up court and create turnovers for easy Longhorn baskets.

George Ranch senior Jaedyn Dunn, junior Amillion Fowler and senior Isabella Little were the sparks on the offensive end in the final quarter.

Dunn dropped in five points including a three-pointer. Fowler also hit a shot from beyond the arc, scoring six points in the fourth quarter.

Little had three baskets for six points.

For the game, Dunn and Fowler combined for 29 points for George Ranch.

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