HS Girls basketball playoffs underway

Yumon Simien met fire with fire.

]The Houston Madison High School junior point guard scored 30 points in a 76-52 bi-district loss to Fort Bend Elkins at Butler Fieldhouse.

Even when Elkins head coach Cheryl Williams called for double teams to get the ball out of Simien’s hands, she still found ways to score.

Simien tallied 8 points in the first quarter, 7 in the second stanza, 9 in the third period and 6 in the final eight minutes.

Yet it still wasn’t enough to keep the No. 7 state-ranked Class 5A team in Texas from an early playoff exit.

The good news for Madison head coach Anthony Fields is that Simien will be back next season.

Elkins junior forward Ashley Daniel led the Lady Knights with 23 points. Monet Jones added 14 and Elyse Thompson finished with 10.

In the second half of a 5A doubleheader at Butler, Shadow Creek eliminated Northside 52-19.

Bre’yon White and Ahmeera Bennett led a balanced Lady Sharks scoring attack with eight points apiece. Jada Rhodes had seven points and Kala Rhodes added six. In other first-round playoff action, Clear Springs point guard Dymond Gladney converted 7-of-10 free throws in the fourth quarter to help the Class 6A No. 10 state-ranked Lady Chargers hold off George Ranch 48-40 at Pearland High School.

Barbers Hill standout Charli Collier scored 52 points as the Lady Eagles prevailed 79-49 over Livingston.

Thirty-win Clear Lake was upset by Alief Hastings 34-27, Dobie dealt North Shore a first-round playoff loss (46-39 in overtime) for the first time in 12 years while Langham Creek defeated Westside 59-50.

Fort Bend Travis and Ridge Point won playoff games for the first time in school history. Jersey Village handled Bellaire (67-48) for its first playoff win since 2004.

State-ranked Wheatley, Yates and North Forest were first-round playoff winners in Class 4A action.

Area-round playoff winners included Yates,