The final stretch of basketball season for junior high schoolers came in a one-two punch at the end of last week and the beginning of this week and a handful of teams closed out their campaigns with victories.
The eighth grade A-team inflated their winning streak at the culmination of the year, grabbing wins in Wharton and against Sweeny.
Ryder Ramirez continued his offensive output with a 21-point effort to help grab a 37-31 win on Thursday over Wharton. D’vonne Hmielewski, A’vonte Nunn, Mason Klotz and Layne Knapp provided the stifling defense to secure the victory.
In the finale against Sweeny, Ramirez again led the charge, this time with 15 points, to earn a 44-15 win and finish with an 11-1 record.
Klotz added eight points and Hmielewski and Knapp again held things down in the defensive end to go out with a bang into high school.
The B-teamers from eighth grade won by a narrower margin in the matchup with Wharton, 29-26. Amador Lopez led the way with 14 points while Blake Svoboda and Colby Eschenburg supplied performances that ensured victory.
Eschenburg saved his best performance for last, supplying a 10-point effort to help close the season on a high note, a 34-7 win against Sweeny. Garret Nedd came off the bench and added six points of his own to push the final record to 9-3.
The seventh grade A-team got tripped up by a 34-26 score against Wharton but bounced back with a victory in the final game of the season, leaving their final record at 8-4.
Reid Miller, Jay Aguado and Maurice Wigfall were just some of the catalysts pushing the Tigers to an eventual 34-23 win over Sweeny, also ending their season on a positive sentiment.
The B-team from seventh grade went the distance against Sweeny, and then some. It took an extra overtime period to decide the winner, although it was ultimately the visiting Bulldogs walking away victorious, 18-17, making their final record 4-7.
Max Requena, Zachary Barrientos and Gage Bowen highlighted only some of the Tigers’ effort that did not go unnoticed with another year of junior high school to go.
On the girls’ side, although they secured a seventh-grade sweep of Wharton, both teams fell in the finale in Sweeny although both were very close contests.
The B-team started things with a win in dominating fashion, 30-2 over Wharton, with Lexi Trevino leading Sealy scorers with eight.
Eva Knuckles and Savannah Henning poured in four apiece while Annabelle Williams and Bailey Lopez provided the shutdown defense that allowed only one basket to be scored all night.
In the last game of the season, Henning was the leading scorer with four while Jasmyne Gallegeos, Kenna Schram and Knuckles also added points to the board, ultimately ending their season with a 6-2 overall record.
The A-team found themselves in a more tightly-contested battle with Wharton but still came out on top, 34-21.
Colette Kelley led scorers in black and gold with nine and had Emersyn Cryan (8), Savannah Hill (7) and Camarie Santos (6) hot on her heels.
That was followed by a [performance from Blair Kram, whose offensive output was not enough to topple Sweeny. A pair of three-pointers from Kram was supplemented by a trio of points from Colette Kelly, who also cleaned up the boards all night long.
Camarie Santos, Savannah Hill and Grace Eschenburg also provided point-scoring efforts for Sealy but it would not be quite enough to grab the win although the coaches did see much improvement and will look forward to seeing them excel in the years to come.
Stats and scores provided by Sealy ISD coaches.