GIRLS HOOPS: College Park breezes past Brenham at home
THE WOODLANDS - Things have been going well for the College Park girls basketball team under new coach Jason Weese.
With a 51-36 win over Brenham on Monday afternoon at College Park High School, the Lady Cavaliers have already improved on last season’s win total.
The Lady Cavaliers went 7-17 last year, but they are 8-3 through the first two weeks of the 2016 season.
“For us to have already played 11 ball games this season is a ton,” Weese said. “We’ve already got a third of our season over within two weeks. So it was ugly today we - didn’t have our legs underneath us, and there are lots of things we need to work on to get better. But it is always good to get the win. We are thankful for where we are at, and we have to build on what we started.”
College Park opened the first quarter with a 10-0 run and had Brenham on its heels. The Cubettes, went on a 6-2 run to finish the quarter, but any momentum they had quickly disappeared.
The Lady Cavs expanded their lead to 24-10 by halftime.
″(Good defense) is something we try to hang our hat on,” Weese said. “We want to get back on defense to not give up transition buckets and make people earn whatever they get. We also want to get rebounds, create turnovers and get out and run.”
Sandra Cannady carried the Lady Cavs in the second half, and she was particularly successful at the charity stripe. The sophomore center went 8-for-11 in the third quarter and finished with 16 second-half points.
“She has been up and down this season, and as a sophomore, she is going to be up and down,” Weese said. “We just try to celebrate the great moments, but still focus on the ones where we need to improve. I think it is very important to get the ball to (Cannady and Jasmine Autobajeun). They both have done a good job for us this season.”
Cannady finished with a team-high 18 points and nine rebounds, while Autobajeun had 11 points seven rebounds.
Senior point guard Jordan Rockins got into early foul trouble, but was effective when she was on the court.
Rockins led the Lady Cavs in the first half with nine points on 44 percent shooting to go along with four rebounds and two assists. She fouled out of the game late in the third quarter.
Rockins only missed a little more than 30 seconds of the third quarter, and College Park was already up 19 points heading into the fourth.
With such a large cushion, Weese was able to empty his bench and get everyone in the game.
“It was nice to have that lead,” he said. “You always want to make sure that kids that come to practice every day and work their tails off get to have playing time. So that’s always nice for them to get in and get a couple of minutes.”
College Park has played a lot of games over the first two weeks of the season, but will have a chance to rest up before hitting the court again. College Park’s next contest comes after the Thanksgiving break when the Lady Cavs host Cypress Creek at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29.
“It’s been a fun first 11 ball games,” Weese said. “It has been about having the mindset that winning is important, and so is every practice. I don’t think that we are there yet, but it is a place that we want to get to. They are still learning me, and I am still learning them, but it has been fun, and I’m very blessed to get to coach this group of kids. Now we’ll enjoy a Thanksgiving break, time with our families, and come back ready to go in the second third of the season.”