Four LISD girls' basketball teams advance to area round

Cedar Park, Rouse, Glenn and Vista Ridge move on to second round


Four LISD girls’ basketball teams are moving on to the area round of the playoffs. 

Cedar Park, Rouse, Glenn and Vista Ridge all advanced to the second round with wins on Monday and Tuesday. Vandegrift stumbled in the first round on Monday night. 

The No. 11 Lady Timberwolves, which won its first outright district title this year, beat Willis 51-42. They will face Bryan Rudder Friday at 7 p.m. at Rockdale High School. 

No. 20 Rouse pulled away from Tomball Memorial to win 59-39. The Lady Raiders will have a rematch from last year’s second round when they meet Ennis Friday at 7 p.m. at Waco Midway. They beat the Lady Lions 62+52 last year en route to a trip to the regional semifinals. 

Vista Ridge beat San Antonio Churchill 57-55 in the first round in San Marcos Friday night. The Lady Rangers will take on East Central in the area round. As of Monday, the time and location were yet to be determined. 

Glenn won the first playoff game in school history, beating La Grange 44-31 on Monday night. The Lady Grizzlies will face off with China Spring in the second round Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Temple High School. 

Vandegrift’s season came to an end with a 58-57 loss to San Antonio Johnson on Monday night. 

Vandegrift led by four at the end of the first quarter and Johnson had a two-point lead at halftime. The Lady Jaguars went on a run in the third quarter to extend their lead to seven points. Vandegrift rallied to take the lead, which went back and forth for the rest of the game.

Jen Moore scored 20 points for Vandegrift. Kaya Pehrson added 14 points, Jane Stevens scored nine and Bee Gonzales finished with seven points. 

San Antonio Johnson was led by Texas commit Deja Kelly with 45 points. 

“I was proud of the way our kids fought all the way to the end,” Vandegrift head coach Jonathan Jones said. “It was kind of heartbreaking for us because we found some ways to score. We had a chance all the way to the last possession and I can’t ask for anything more than that.”

Four seniors finished off their high school careers on Monday in Gonzales, Stevens, Gemma Richmond and Madie Royer. 

Jones said the thing that stood out most about that class was their focus. He added Richmond and Royer worked themselves into significant roles off the bench, while Gonzales and Stevens helped lead on the court. 

Vandegrift has made it to the playoffs two of the three years Jones has been in charge, and the team is set up to continue that trend going forward.

“It was really cool how to see how the team processed throughout the season,” Jones said. “Their toughness got better and better, and that just comes with experience. We set ourselves up to take another step next season.”