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THE WOODLANDS, TX -- The New Caney Eagles traveled west to face The Woodlands Highlanders in their first district season as a 6A class school. This is The Woodlands’ district home opener and looks to continue their winning streak after defeating Oak Ridge and most recently Katy.
There wasn’t a lot of action in the first as New Caney had a slow game approach as they faced the aggressive Woodlands team. Both teams showcased solid defense but struggled in the paint and only managed to score 3 and 6 points.
This continued into the second quarter but picked up as New Caney continued to drive through the paint and force shooting fouls. With many free-throw attempts, New Caney found themselves with a solid lead going into the half. Although it was a low-scoring game, The Woodlands trailed 11-20 as the halftime buzzer rang.
New Caney came out in the third and continued to hit the paint. Dylan Dempsey with New Caney would force The Woodlands to foul which resulted in 10 free throw line appearances. He would end the night with 28-points, 16 of which would be from the foul line.
Shey Eberwein would end the night with 30 points including one dunk, which would come at the end of the game to give The Woodlands a 3-point lead with seconds left. But on the next inbound, New Caney drove down the court and hit a crucial 3-pointer to tie the game and send it into overtime.
In overtime, The Woodlands could not shake off New Caney as the game would continue to be close until the final seconds. Although New Caney would score another 3-pointer at the end of the game, they fell short to The Woodlands, 56-54.
“I told our guys to be patient, and it’s hard to be patient when the other team is going slow and they’re ahead.” Coach Reed would reflect on the game.
He would continue to say, “I thought our guys really just zoned in on defense and offensively we hit a couple of big shots…each guy did huge things”
The Woodlands will have another Tournament “to go get better” as Coach Reed would say, and then face the dominate Grand Oaks in their next district game.