Lock down

Foster freshman Imani Ivery defends a drive against Houston Sterling. 

It’s tough to beat a team three times in a season, and that’s one of the main reasons that the Foster girls' basketball team feels confident going into Monday’s regional quarterfinal.

The Lady Falcons hope that the third time will be the charm against District 24-5A foe Hightower in the Region III-5A quarterfinal game Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Wheeler Fieldhouse in Sugar Land.

Foster advanced in the playoffs with Friday’s 63-53 win over Goose Creek Memorial.

The Lady Falcons have already lost twice to the Lady Hurricanes in district play, losing 58-37 at home on Dec. 18 and 48-36 at Hightower on Jan. 25.

Hightower has looked dominant in its first two playoff games, beating Waltrip 82-19 and Crosby 91-47.

The Lady ’Canes are led by junior guard Tae’lor Purvis, who averages 11.9 points per game. Junior guard Destini Lombard averages 9.9 points per game, and scored 16 points in the Dec. 18 win over the Lady Falcons.

The main key for Foster is to get junior guard Sharlyne Dimalanta going early. She scored 19 of her 23 points in the first half in Friday’s game. But she was held scoreless in both games against Hightower.

Foster will also need another strong performance from senior guard Micayla Hamilton, who had 25 points in Friday’s win.

“This is a matchup we are comfortable with,” Foster head coach Savitria Williams-Smith said after Friday’s win. “We’re going to go back to the drawing board and put a gameplan together.”

Cougarettes face Flatonia in regional quarterfinal

The Brazos girl’s basketball team also faces a familiar foe in District 29-2A rival Flatonia in the Region IV-5A quarterfinal game Monday at 7 p.m. at Columbus High School.

The Cougarettes beat Agua Dulce 51-41 on Friday to reach the third round of the playoffs.

The two teams met last month, with the Lady Bulldogs winning 33-31 on Jan. 11.

Flatonia has beaten Three Rivers (48-31) and San Isidro (58-38) in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

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