Seven Lakes girls remain in front in 19-6A

The lineups have changed through the years, but the results are consistent for the Seven Lakes girls basketball team. Following a season sweep of 2016 regional semifinalist Tompkins, the Lady Spartans were 7-0 in District 19-6A and on pace for a sixth consecutive league crown.

Seven Lakes entered the week of Jan. 23 with a 26-3 record and a No. 14 state ranking by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. The overall mark includes a 4-1 record at both the McDonald's Texas Invitational and Phillips 66 Katy Classic, as well as a tournament championship in College Station.

The Lady Spartans have been impressive from the start, winning the Silver Bracket at the McDonald's Texas Invitational. Their run included victories against Cy-Fair, No. 10 Cedar Ridge, No. 16 North Shore and Class 5A No. 6 Barbers Hill, with the only loss coming against No. 3 Clear Springs.

Only two of Seven Lakes' first seven district victories were decided by less than 20 points. Katy led by two at halftime but the Lady Spartans took control in the third quarter and prevailed 51-44. Cinco Ranch led 23-21 entering the final quarter of a defensive struggle, but the Lady Spartans won 31-28.

Seven Lakes followed with convincing victories against Mayde Creek (72-18), Morton Ranch (62-14) and Tompkins (54-23), leading the latter two games by a combined 41-3 after the first quarter.

The Lady Spartans have featured offensive balance, with at least six different players reaching double figures in district play. Brooke Bigott led with 15 points as Sarah Parja added 10 in the second meeting with Tompkins. Bigott's 14 and Jada Lake's 12 led the way against Katy.

Priscilla Williams scored 14 points and Astrid Doennem added 11 in a 56-34 victory against Taylor. K.C. Nwadei's 14 points led against Morton Ranch. The Lady Spartans graduated a small but highly-accomplished senior class last season but have not had a shortage of players rising to key roles. Bigott and senior guard Bailey Brown return as first-team all-district selections from 2016.

Seven Lakes had a two-game lead on the rest of the district entering Jan. 20, with Katy and a surprising Morton Ranch team both standing 5-2. Taylor was in playoff position at 4-3.

The Lady Mavericks have earned several clutch victories, with all of their first five league wins coming by four points or less. They rallied for a 53-50 win against Mayde Creek to start district play, completing the sweep with a 37-35 win Jan. 17.

Morton Ranch trailed 28-18 at halftime before upending Taylor 65-61, using a 27-point fourth quarter. A 31-23 fourth-quarter deficit against Cinco Ranch did not deter the Lady Mavericks either, as they forced overtime and prevailed 44-41.

Taylor earned a key victory against Katy on Jan. 17, sustaining a Lady Tigers rally for a 41-38 win, led by Tristin Scherpereel's 13 points. Katy has been as explosive as any team offensively, led by Laura Rowe's 40 points in an 88-39 victory against Mayde Creek. She scored 36 in a 69-45 victory against Taylor during the team's first meeting.