Seven Lakes finished off nondistrict play with an impressive 47-16 home win over Westfield on Tuesday.
"Overall the team played well," Seven Lakes coach Angela Spurlock said. "Every individual player stepped up, did their role and played it very well. That makes for really good team basketball."
The Lady Spartans led 21-5 at halftime. Westfield's attempt at full court defense was futile, and Seven Lakes' offensive rebounding kept the Lady Mustangs from getting easy baskets.
"Our post players did a great job on the boards," Spurlock said. "We had some guards battle in there as well, keeping balls alive. That's important. The team chemistry was really good tonight, and that usually translates into pretty good basketball."
Ashton Poth hit a three-pointer to give Seven Lakes a 26-7 lead in the third quarter. Kayla Kalisek and Bri Fokam combined for a Fokam bucket in the low post, and Kalisek followed it up with a reverse layup on the next possession.
"We do that in practice a lot," Kalisek said. "But that's the first time I've done it in a game. So, I was pretty excited."
Dorothy Mao's three-pointer later in the third quarter put the Lady Spartans in front 35-11.
A rebound and putback from Fokam started the fourth quarter for Seven Lakes with a 41-13 lead.
Kalisek hit a pair of foul shots later in the quarter, and a jumper from Daniela Alzate and putback from Abby Kainer closed out the convincing win.
"We just played gritty and with heart," Kalisek said. "We're excited we had that kind of game before district."
After winning District 19-6A last season, the Lady Spartans are expected to contend once again.
"We're hoping so," Kalinek said.
"We're going to play our hearts out and try our best. The competition is pretty good this year. We're going to play our best and try to repeat again."
Spurlock downplayed the Lady Spartans repeat chances due to the improved teams in the district.
"There is a lot of parity in Katy ISD this year," Spurlock said. "That parity is going to go a long way. Every team has an opportunity to be successful. Obviously, we're hoping to be one of those teams competing for the title. But, I bet if you ask anybody in any gym, they're telling you the same thing.
"It's fun to see Katy ISD basketball play so competitively."
Katy ISD is well known for its football prowess. Basketball hasn't been a strong suit over the years, but that's beginning to change after Tompkins boys reached the state tournament last season.
"It's a tribute to the athletes that we get here," Spurlock said. "And the support of our administrative teams, both at the district level and the campus level. We hire great coaches, we have great players and we're supported at the district level in girls basketball. That shows. The product we're putting on the floor is becoming exceptionally competitive in this area."