HOUSTON — Houston Westbury Christian ended Grace Community’s season for the second straight year as the Wildcats earned a 93-46 home victory in the TAPPS 4A area playoffs on Friday.

Jimmy Negem went 9 for 11 from the free throw line and scored a game-high 29 to lead the Cougars (16-11), who will graduate eight seniors.

“The eight seniors that I have, every time they got minutes they played their hearts out and never gave up,” Grace coach Joe Crawford said. “Even the odds we had against us tonight, I can’t say enough about that group of kids. We had a great year.”

The Wildcats (25-3), who haven beaten Houston powerhouse Yates two years running, had six players in double figures, led by Delvin Dickerson with 17 points. Guard LJ Rose, a Baylor signee and top 75 recruit nationally, added 11 points.

“Westbury is very, very good,” Crawford said. “They shoot the ball well from outside, they drive and they finish and they are so fast. All of them, even the last guy on the bench, they’re just so fast.”


TAPPS 4A Area Playoffs

At Westbury Christian

Houston Westbury Christian 93, 

Grace Community 46

Grace          1681111 —46

Westbury     30262314 —93

GRACE — Keaton Yeatts, 6; Jimmy Negem, 29; Josh Boylan, 1; Phillip McKinney, 2; Brennon Taylor, 8.

WESTBURY CHRISTIAN — Devon Tuck, 5; Zach Freeman, 11; Darin Minniefield, 11; Julius Mitchell, 12; Delvin Dickerson, 17; Paul Chevis, 2; Max Aronds, 4; Charles Simmons, 3; Bryce Thomson, 10; LJ Rose, 11; Brandon Jones, 6; Ryan Berger, 1.

THREE POINT GOALS — GC: Negem (2). WC: Tuck, Freeman (2), Thompson (2), Rose (3). 

RECORDS — Grace 16-11; Westbury Christian 25-3.

NEXT UP — Westbury Christian vs. San Antonio TMI-Lubbock Trinity winner, 3 p.m. Feb. 25, Houston Christian School.


Lady Cougars fall 49-25 to Tomball Concordia

TOMBALL — Katelyn Holland and Emily Brooks scored 11 points apiece to help Tomball Concordia Lutheran end Grace Community’s season with a 49-25 victory in the TAPPS 4A area playoffs on Friday.

Olivia Moharer scored a game-high 14 points for the Lady Cougars (16-14), who were held scoreless in the first quarter.

“We started off the game pretty strong defensively but we really couldn’t handle some of their defense,” Grace assistant coach Robyn Welch said.


Girls TAPPS 4A Area Playoffs

At Concordia Lutheran

Tomball Concordia Lutheran 49, 

Grace Community 25

Grace             01186 —25

Concordia    1318153 —49

GRACE — Rebekah Provines, 2; Megan Strnadel, 3; Catherine Rook, 2; Megan Raborar, 3; Olivia Moharer, 14.

CONCORDIA LUTHERAN — Beckham, 2; Camez, 2; Lochte, 8; Rosales, 1; Brooks, 11; Ward, 9; Thompson, 3; Holland, 11.

THREE POINT GOALS — GC: Raborar, Moharer. TCL: Lochte (2), Ward. 

RECORDS — Grace 16-14; Concordia Lutheran 24-8.

NEXT UP — Concordia Lutheran vs. TBD, 1:30 p.m. Feb. 25, Fort Worth Nolan Catholic School.

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