Posted On: 02/5/20 4:17 AM

In case you don't follow me or pay attention, I have several unique sayings that I've hashtagged over my 21 century observing and covering girls basketball and one of the main ones is that #talentiseverywhere providing you know what you're looking at and with so many "experts" that are clueless as far as seeing the unseen, I make it a point to try and get it right. There were bigger games I could have chosen, like a state-ranked battle between district rivals Summer Creek and Atascocita which Summer Creek, last seasons R-3 representative in 6A won as they've now split and are tied for the district lead or I could've watched a closer, in proximity, a game between district leader and state-ranked Cy Ranch against Cy Springs, fighting for that 4th seed and Springs pulled off the upset behind junior Amber Williams 19 points but I wanted to get a better look at some other players from both Oak Ridge and Klein Cain, both squads I caught briefly in tournaments but several players stood out during my earlier sighting including Cain junior Meagan Hamilton who was out last night with an injury however my trip wasn't in vain

Nicole Petrakovitz   Nicole Petrakovitz (Oak Ridge) I added the junior guard to the Top 100 after catching about 2 or 3 minutes of her in the Katy Classic, it doesn't take me long to realize a next-level prospect or for that matter, at what level they can play¬† yet her sheer desire impressed me as much as her catch and shoot NBA range and just to make sure I wasn't seeing a mirage in December, I watched a barrage last night as she scored so many ways I stopped writing   Mersadez Nephew Mersadez Nephew (Oak Ride) the talented senior guard attacks off the dribble, battles for the ball both on the floor and off the glass but her ability to just be around the ball and make plays were something I saw earlier this season and it definitely is part of her game. She plays the passing lane, one of my pet peeves that has gone by the wayside for the most part and her outside game is fluid and consistent   Janiya Maxie Janiya Maxie (Oak Ridge) sometimes I go back just for fun and read something I've already written about players because I try to catch them in different settings because of systems and opposing talent so my saying "she plays bigger than her listed height" still fits as the senior attacks the basket strongly and rebounds well on both ends. Her defense, man to man, also was clicking last night   Kayla Ngo (Klein Cain) I love heady PG's because of another one of my saying "the game starts at the one" and the talented sophomore just does so many things the naked eye and the scoresheet don't pick up, like stepping on the baseline making offensive players picking up their dribble or anticipating the pass forcing a turnover, you have to know and understand what you're looking at but she can control the tempo and hit the outside shot as well Abbey Fuerst Abby Fuerst (Klein Cain) at 6'3, she makes her presence felt inside the paint as she mixes power and finesse nicely. Good hands and footwork enable her to finish strongly, with either hand, and she also can face the basket for the short jumper. Her improvement over the years has definitely shown her work ethic as she battles in the paint for rebounds, on both ends of the court and she reacts well on the defnsive end

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