Jennifer Parker dominated the boards and scored 24 points as Rouse blasted District 17-5A champion Ennis 62-52 in Area round UIL varsity girls basketball playoffs.
“Jennifer was absolutely a force inside and Taylor Douhitt was a perfect 4-of-4 from 3-point area in the first quarter, we jumped on them and they never could come back,” Rouse head coach Lori McDonald said.
The Raiders improve to 25-10 on the season with their twelfth win in their last 13 games. The run is highlighted by a 56-44 win against state-ranked and district champion Georgetown two weeks ago.
Douhitt finished with 15 points while Zoe Holmes added 14 as the big three accounted for 90 percent of the Raiders scoring.
“Jennifer can just take over a game and against Ennis, they were not prepared for how athletic she is, we were up 23-10 after the first quarter,” McDonald said.
The ten-point margin of defeat was the closest Ennis came to the Raiders. Kiara Glenn led Ennis with 24 points while Nokia White added 15 points. The loss to Rouse was only the second for Ennis in their previous 14 games.
Rouse meet District 18-5A winner College Station Tuesday night at Brenham. The winner of that contest advances to the regional tournament this weekend.
The Raiders are the only LISD team remaining in the playoffs as Vista Ridge fell to Converse Judson 70-65 on Friday night at New Braunfels Canyon High School.
The Rangers trailed by 11 points at halftime and continued to fall behind after the third quarter. They made a comeback in the final quarter, outscoring the Comets 25-19 in the final quarter and cutting the lead to as few as two points.
The other two LISD teams in the playoffs fell in the first round. Cedar Park lost to Magnolia 44-40, while Vandegrift, which won a share of the district title for the first time in school history, lost to San Antonio Lee 73-58 in round one.