Vista Ridge sophomore Kianna Wormley doubled with 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead the top-seeded Rangers (20-8, 9-0) to their seventh straight win, a 56-34 victory over Round Rock on Friday night. 21-9). , 5-4).
“Kianna did a great job at the boards and found a quick transition to the rim, she played very well, in fact the whole team really stepped up their game over the past few weeks,” said Vista Ridge head coach Keith Allen.
Vista Ridge used all-court pressure, digging the ball and using a combination of trap-man defense and zone overlap to give the Dragons a 19–9 lead in the first period. In the first six minutes of the game, Sailer Burland had three interceptions, Wormley had three interceptions, and Alea Pinai added two more as the Rangers made the Dragons lose the ball and hit easy transfer baskets.
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“We’ve really improved our press defense and we’re a very young and small team, so good defense is what we need to level the game,” Allen said.
While the Rangers were scoring 19 points in the first period, Round Rock standout Bailey Featherstone scored seven Dragon points despite being heavily defended throughout the game.
The second quarter was productive as Vista Ride opened with a 10-point lead and never allowed the Dragons to close that lead; Vista Ridge led 33-21 in the half.
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Vista Ridge’s halftime defensive adjustments were game-changing again as Vista Ridge beat Round Rock 12–4 in the third quarter as the Dragons only hit Featherstone’s one basket and two free throws.
“We brought a lot of players into the game because Round Rock is a playoff team and our players needed to see that speed,” Allen said. “Our young players have responded very well.”
Wormley led all scorers with 24 points, while Burland added 11 and Pinai six points for Rangers. Burland finished with four rebounds and seven steals, while Abby Seitz had eight rebounds and three steals. Featherstone led the Dragons with 15 points and Deja Zuniga added 14. Maisie Upshaw had 10 rebounds and two steals and Gabby Edo had eight rebounds and two blocks.
In other regional games, No. 1 Pflugerville used a 28–6 hitting streak in the first quarter to beat Cedar Creek 88–19 while Georgetown stayed hot by beating Bastrop 81–22 and East View recovered from a loss to Georgetown by defeating Connally. 58-18. Hendrickson beat Elgin 66–24; Niya Waters led the Hawks with 17 points, Mikala Buckley added 11 and Marissa Brewer finished with nine.
“It was great teamwork tonight,” Hendrickson head coach Norma Sierra said.
Elsewhere, Liberty Hill beat Rose 53–26 and Burnet beat Lago Vista 53–34 with Zaria Solis scoring 17 with Grace Gates adding nine points for the Bulldogs. Caldwell beat Austin Achiev 47–9 and East Side Early College beat Crockett 36–31. McCallum, still undefeated 11-0 in the county, defeated Juan Navarro 44-37. Johnson beat Dripping Springs 53-51 and Austin High pinned Bowie 48-29.