Georgetown High School Lady Eagles have not literally been good forever, but they have done their best to make it seem that way. They made it to the state tournament in 1978, they made it to the state tournament in 1996, and they made it three times in between. They won a state title in 1979, and they have become a perennial playoff entry. Not bad for a program that died in 1956.
[custom_frame_left][/custom_frame_left] As hard as it is to believe now, for 18 years from 1956 to 1974, the school that has become synonymous with girls’ basketball did not have a program because it was “too expensive and physically demanding.” That hiatus was sandwiched by excellence. The tradition began in the late 1940s and 1950s when Coach Esther Weir produced Lessie Lee Cole and Alice “Cookie” Barron. Barron, described as the “Babe Zaharias” of Georgetown, later went on to become an All-American for the Wayland Baptist Flying Queens and was a member of the American team that defeated the Russians in the 1957 World Games.
Soon after Barron graduated from Georgetown, the girls’ basketball program was disbanded in 1956. The coach was Miss LaVern Clifton, and Paula (Wheeler) Doerfler remembers that the school board voted not to play girls basketball the summer before her freshman year. “The school board said that girls’ basketball was too expensive and too strenuous,” Doerfler recalled. While Georgetown refused to let girls play basketball, Barron, one of the most famous graduates of the school, went to Colorado where she became a pioneer for high school girls’ athletics. Georgetown began the process of catching up in 1974. At a time when many school districts were being forced into action by Title IX Legislation, Georgetown Superintendent Jack Frost was ahead of the times.
Frost resurrected the girls’ basketball program, vowing to make it a first-class program. He made Mike Brown the first high school coach and Paula Doerfler and Sue Davidson the junior high coaches. With renewed interest, a year later Georgetown hired Natalie Gunter and began the true quest to put Lady Eagle basketball back on the map.
In 1976, the Lady Eagles tangled with powerhouse Waco Midway and lost 104-19. Two years later, the resilient locals beat Midway, 41-39. As much as any game in the program’s storied history, that contest sent the message that Georgetown was back from the dead.
That 1977-78 team beat Bridge City, 44-34, in the regional championship game and advanced to the state tournament, where they eventually lost to state champion Canyon, 77-52.
That set the stage for the most successful season in the history of the program. One year later, Coach Tonya Toles (Lott) took the helm and, with the help of assistant coaches Davidson and Judy Hill, led the team to a 3A state championship, defeating Dumas and Sweeny.
In 1982, Georgetown split district games with Del Valle, which featured future University of Texas superstar Bev Williams, before losing to the Williams-led Cardinals in the regional finals. Coach Toles (Lott) led the Lady Eagles to yet another state appearance in 1983, where they lost in the semifinals to Corpus Christi Calallen.
Three times in the mid-1980s, Cathy Fuller (Sefcik) coached teams that made brief playoff appearances before falling to Little Cypress-Mauriceville, Waco Richfield, and McKinney, respectively.
Meanwhile, the little country school was growing quickly. Georgetown was moved into Class 5A in 1988, leading to inevitable growing pains. The program struggled, and in 1988 Georgetown made a move to revive its sagging fortunes.
This time, the solution was hiring Rhonda Farney and assistant Kellye Richardson. Once again, the program was resurrected.
“In 1989 and 1990, we beat teams we should not have and lost to teams that we should have beaten,” Coach Farney said. However, before long, the Lady Eagles were simply beating everyone.
[/custom_frame_left] In 1990, building on the theme “The Tradition Continues,” Georgetown defeated a Round Rock team led by Nicole Collins (Louisiana Tech and Angelo State star), then, on the final night of the regular season, beat the 13-0 Waco Lady Lions and their star Benita Pollard, who later played for the University of Texas. Much as the victory against Waco Midway in 1978 sparked the program’s rebirth, those two wins led to much bigger things in the years that followed.
Building on the previous season, the 1991 Lady Eagles, dubbed “The Dream Team,” returned to 4A and returned to the playoffs. With three returning starters (Desiree Warren, Kristen Posey, and Catherine Parnell) and a host of district champ junior varsity players, the team found itself in District 25-4A with an old, familiar foe Waco Midway. Midway returned four starters from a state runnerup team, including all-state player and University of Texas signee Judy Holcomb. Something had to give, and it was Midway. Georgetown split with the Pantherettes in district, and then defeated them in the regional finals for a trip to the Final Four. Georgetown lost to Dallas Lincoln in the state semifinals, 45-49.
[custom_frame_left][/custom_frame_left] In 1992, with three remaining starters (Carly Curtis, Posey, and Shawna Ford), the Lady Eagles won District 25-4A and breezed through the state playoffs, which set up a first-round state tournament match-up between the locals and the Kaufman Lady Lions. Georgetown, hoping to “Fulfill the Dream,” played at the Erwin Center before over 14,500 fans, the largest crowd ever to watch a Texas high school girls’ basketball game. After beating Kaufman, the Lady Eagles lost a heartbreaker at the buzzer to Canyon Randall, 42-43.
In 1993, Georgetown suffered through a rebuilding year, which meant they merely made the playoffs. Looking to “Take Charge” with only one returning experienced letter winner, sophomore Suzanne Koy, and a number of talented newcomers (Whitney Reierson, Kerrie Edgar, and DeAnn Porfirio), the team turned in one of its most remarkable seasons ever when it defeated eventual state champ Austin Westlake and later Belton in a district playoff game. Representing District 25-4A, the Lady Eagles fell to LBJ in bi-district.
“Armed and Ready” in 1994, the Porfirio-led Lady Eagles won three tournaments and advanced to the regional semifinals before losing to Tuloso-Midway at the buzzer. The loss was a miserable ending to what had been a sparkling season.
[custom_frame_left][/custom_frame_left] After four years and four playoff berths in 4A, the Lady Eagles began “Courting Tradition” in 1995 when they returned to 5A. The team, led by three returning starters (Natalie Tucker, Koy, and Reierson), began the season with a 19-game winning streak before falling to Canyon in the Midland Byron Johnson Christmas Classic. The team was nationally ranked as high as fifth in the USA Today poll. The team simply began a new streak that carried them into the 5A playoffs for the first time ever. Georgetown eventually fell to North Mesquite in the regional semifinals before a record crowd at Baylor’s Ferrell Center. The 1995 team was led by seniors Erin Elsasser and Koy.
With three returning starters (Tucker, Reierson, and Amy Johnson), the 1996 Lady Eagles were one of the closest knit teams in years. Basketball was “The Tie That Binds” and with Cari Lynn Stridde and Rhonda Ooten joining the three returnees, Georgetown won two tournaments, the District 14-5A title, and the Region II-5A crown. The Georgetown Lady Eagles, seasoned by 13 games against state-ranked teams, took No. 1 Alief Elsik to the wire in the state semifinals before losing, 55-59.
Mindful of all the tradition, Georgetown looked forward to “Celebrating the Past, Present, and Future” in 1997. With only three returning letter winners (Stridde, Ooten, and Claire Swinbank), the 1997 Lady Eagles were one of the least experienced but most athletic teams in the recent history of the program. Christina Edgar and Erin Hall joined the above, and they won the Georgetown Thanksgiving Tournament and placed third in the Arlington Classic and Lindale Hoop Heaven before winning yet another district title. Georgetown lost to A&M Consolidated, 45-50, in the area round of the playoffs.
The 1998 season was more of the same for the “Leaders of the Pack.” With three returning starters (Ooten, Hall, and Swinbank) and six returning letter winners, the athletically-gifted Lady Eagles went 27-7 before losing in the regional semifinals to Longview, 52-57. Before that, the team went 10-0 in District 14-5A, won the Georgetown Thanksgiving Tournament for the sixth consecutive year, and beat Tomball and Cy-Falls in the playoffs.
“Taking None from Nobody” in 1999, the Georgetown Lady Eagles with two returning starters (Dionne Brown and Anna Hartzell), senior Deah Breithaupt, and sophomores Jennifer Doherty and Paige Prince, played one of the toughest preseason schedules in the history of the program. After winning the Georgetown Thanksgiving Tournament, Georgetown traveled to Missouri for a tournament. The team won district and defeated Cy-Fair in area before falling to Klein in the regional quarterfinals. The team ended the season at 20-14.
In 2000, Georgetown was “In It to Win It,” and winning they did as they amassed a 26-7 record. The team won the Georgetown Thanksgiving Tournament and the prestigious 32-team Las Vegas Holiday Classic. Georgetown won another district championship before falling to Spring Westfield, 50-53, in area.
With just two returning starters (Doherty and Prince), the 2001 Lady Eagles were intent on “Burying the Competition.” The team was loaded with youth. Returning letter winners, sophomores Erica Kovach and Cayce Turner, added experience to the program. New varsity sophomore players Tori Alloway, Megan Gooch, Calli Ebeling, and Stephanie Sullivan, and junior Amanda Hall, brought athleticism and a winning junior varsity basketball tradition. The youthful Lady Eagles came in second in the Georgetown Thanksgiving Tournament, losing in overtime by two points to Corpus Christi Carroll. They played in the San Antonio Northside Invitational, losing in overtime in the championship to San Antonio Taft. The Lady Eagles went to Florida and participated in the Naples Holiday Shoot-Out. They beat the host team, Barron Collier, and lost to two-time Pennsylvania state champion and Naples Shoot-Out champion Cheltenhem in overtime. The Lady Eagles went on to be District 13-5A Co-Champions. They lost to The Woodlands by one point in area play and ended the season
[custom_frame_left][/custom_frame_left] Without a senior on the team, in 2002 Georgetown returned three starters (Alloway, Kovach, and Turner) and seven letterwinners (Ebeling, Rickita Fisher, Gooch, Christy Hubbard, DeAnna Knox, Hanna Pool, and Stephanie Sullivan) on a team that had “Money in the Bank.” The young team went 28-5, defeating St. Michael’s Academy in the finals to the Georgetown Thanksgiving Tournament, winning consolation at the Kroger Holiday Classic, in Pickerington, OH, and winning District 13-5A with a perfect 10-0 record. They defeated Klein Forrest, 63-60, and lost to Spring Westfield, 36-43, in the regional quarterfinals.
“The Difference in Playing and Playing Well…70-30” was the creed of the 2003 Lady Eagles. The team returned all five starters (Alloway, Ebeling, Gooch, Hubbard, and Kovach) and four letter winners (Fisher, Knox, Pool, and Turner) along with sophomores Emily Richardson, Leah Starr and freshman Jennifer Thomas. The team lost Turner to a knee injury before the season started and Gooch two games into the season. She did not return until January 3, 2003, some 20 games later. Georgetown defeated rival Austin Westlake, 51-31, before losing in overtime to USA Today #3 nationally-ranked Fort Smith Northside, AR, 64-65, in the finals of the Georgetown Thanksgiving Tournament. Next, they played five games in less than 44 hours in the prestigious Air Force Rotary Lone Star Invitational in San Antonio, going 2-3, losing to nationally-ranked Germantown Academy, PA, 38-48, and Riverdale Baptist, MD, 36-48, before falling at the buzzer to Houston Madison, 51-52. The Lady Eagles went 3-1 at The Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, AZ, losing to nationally-ranked Oakridge, TN, 43-57, and defeating nationally-ranked Oakland Catholic, PA, 50-48, and nationally-ranked Collins Hill, GA, 58-47, and Cibola in Yuma, AZ, 55-49. Georgetown went 14-0 in District 14-5A before defeating Spring Westfield, 50-39, in Area and Cy-Fair, 44-35, in the regional quarterfinals. At the Ferrell Center in Waco (which was 70 miles from Georgetown), Georgetown defeated Plano, 63-37, in the regional tournament semifinals and Rockwall, 45-42, in the finals. In the state tournament semifinals at the Erwin Center in Austin (which was 30 miles from Georgetown), Georgetown defeated Fort Bend Hightower, 50-34, before bowing out to Duncanville, 27-47, in the finals in front of over 10,000 fans. The Lady Eagles ended their season on the last day for any basketball team to play, March 1, with a record of 33-6.
“Tradition Never Graduates” was the motto for the 2004 Lady Eagles. The team was forced to “reload” since they returned no starters and only four letter winners (Pool, Richardson, Starr, and Thomas). The team played a demanding schedule, beginning the year with Duncanville, the team that had bested Georgetown in the state finals the previous year. Georgetown lost to Duncanville, 38-56, and then went on to defeat San Antonio Taft, 46-42, in the finals of the Georgetown Thanksgiving Tournament. On a roll, Georgetown won all four games at the Lady Bulldog Holiday Classic in Las Vegas, NV, defeating then #9 nationally-ranked hosts Centennial, 64-52. The Lady Eagles ended District 14-5A in a three-way tie for second with Stony Point and Westwood. They defeated Stony Point, 60-42, in the district playoff before defeating Copperas Cove, 37-34, in bi-district and falling to Cy-Fair, 68-36, in the area round of the state playoffs. Georgetown ended the season 24-10.
In 2005, Georgetown was true to their motto, “Operating with Heart.” The team lined up and played the best competition in the nation, returning three starters (Kathryn Briggs, Jessica Ochoa, and Starr) and four letter winners (Briggs, Katie Dachowski, Ochoa, Starr, and Thomas). Others joining the team were Jessica Abernathy, Lauren Davis, Kristen Ibarra, Kelsey Kniffin, Shae Seagraves, and Devin Sewell. The Lady Eagles defeated Lubbock Estacado, 60-42, for third place in the Georgetown Thanksgiving Tournament and defeated nationally ranked Narbonne, CA, 49-36, and Plainview, 44-41, before falling to state-ranked Brock and Mansfield Summit in the San Antonio Lone Star Rotary Air Force Invitational. Next, the team traveled to New York where they defeated Manhassec, NY, and Mary Louis Academy, NY, before losing to the eventual national champions, Christ the King. On a roll, the Lady Eagles returned home to rack up a 13-1 record and the District 15-5A championship. During district play, the team won five games by three points or less. The team defeated Temple in the area game, 58-43, before being defeated by Pflugerville, 32-43, in the regional quarterfinals.
In 2006, Georgetown added to the girls’ basketball legacy by “Building a BLUEprint for Success.” That success consisted of playing the toughest preseason and district schedule in the history of the program. Returning three starters (Briggs, Sewell, and Thomas) and four additional letter winners (Abernathy, Davis, Kniffin, and Seagraves), Georgetown lost in overtime to Pflugerville Connally in the Georgetown Thanksgiving Tournament, 38-40, went 3-1 in Delaware’s Diamond State Classic, losing to Columbia Central, TN, 48-57, and then defeating St. John’s Vianney, NJ, 51-41, Boone, FL, 49-35, and Oxford, PA, 46-39. The team was District 15-5A tri-champions, which included two routes of Cedar Park, 52-32, and 55-39, a come-from-behind win on a last second putback by Devin Sewell to defeat Pflugerville, 50-49, and a 14-point last quarter comeback against McNeil, 53-51, behind Kathryn Briggs’ 15-point fourth quarter contribution. Georgetown defeated Westlake, 43-23, in bi-district, defeated the Woodlands, 54-40, in area, defeated Austin Bowie, 46-36, in regional quarterfinals, and lost to eventual state runnerup Rockwall, 34-43, in the regional semifinals.
2007 saw the Lady Eagles “Reeling in the Competition.” The team sharpened their teeth on the hardest competition in the state and nation. Returning three starters (Briggs, Nutter, and Seagraves) and four additional letterwinners (Kniffin, Erica McDaniel, Lorin Pereira, and Aubrey Sewell), the first four games of the season were a roller coaster. They lost to state-ranked Waco Midway and Marble Falls, and then to Dripping Springs before defeating then #1 state-ranked Bryan. They went 4-1, defeating San Antonio Warren in the silver-division of the Georgetown Thanksgiving Tournament, and 2-2 in the Deep South Classic in Atlanta, GA. The team was District 14-5 runnerup, which included two pivotal wins over Cedar Park, 49-45, and 53-49, and a come from behind win on a last second three pointer by Pereira to defeat McNeil, 44-43. Georgetown lost to Harker Heights, 43-49, in bi district.
In 2008, Georgetown returned three starters (Kniffin, Nutter, and Sewell) as well as three letterwinners (Crystal Atwood, McDaniel, and Pereira). Others joining the varsity were junior varsity championship members Jherica Binder, Kayla Burnett, Brittany Frasier, Katie Rudolph, and Tory Schlaht and freshmen players Brianna Bogard, Christina Kime, and Kathryn Tolbert. Each player helped to “Play Basketball the Georgetown Way—It’s Showtime.” The team won three out-of-four overtime games as well as winning the Sweet Sixteen Tournament in Monterey, CA, and runnerup at the Winnsboro Classic. Surprising everyone but themselves, they split with Pflugerville and defeated the rest of the district teams to win a District 14-5A co-championship. Next the Lady Eagles defeated Killeen Shoemaker, 39-33, in bi district, and derailed top ten Conroe, 42-41, in area. Atwood hit a three pointer to send the Spring Westfield game into overtime before losing in the quarterfinals, 52-57. Georgetown ended a marvelous season at 28-6.
In 2009, Georgetown returned one starter (Atwood) as well as four letterwinners (Bogard, Burnett, Tolbert, and Crystal Wills). Others joining the varsity were undefeated junior varsity championship members Iesha Collins, Alexa Harpe, Kathryn Lawhon, Kjirsten Olson, Abbey Pennington, Natalie Polivka, and Jirah Rodriguez along with sophomore Amanda Bizzell from a district championship freshman team and freshmen Emily Johnson and Taylor Heine. Team members chose the 300 theme: “Give them nothing. Take from them everything…This is Georgetown,” and they played with a warrior-like mentality. Georgetown won the silver bracket of the Jack Frost Tournament and third in the Winnsboro HoopFest. Next the team traveled to Owensboro, KY, where they shocked the home team Owensboro Catholic, 73-46, and finally lost in the finals to Henderson Co., KY, 49-55. After graduating nine seniors and five players who are now playing in college, Georgetown opened District 16-5A on December 9, 2008, against a veteran Cedar Park team and won, 47-42. Georgetown went on to post a 13-1 record and be District 16-5A co-champions with Cedar Park. Next the Lady Eagles defeated Cy-Woods, 51-43, in bi district before losing to Spring Westfield, 50-56, in area. Georgetown posted a 26-7 season mark.
In 2010, the Lady Eagles decided on the theme “With One Lap to Go” and sped off to a 31-4 season. Georgetown returned four starters (Atwood, Bogard, Pennington, and Wills) as well as five senior letterwinners (Harpe, Lawhon, Polivka, Rodriguez, and Olson) and one junior letterwinner (Bizzell), and one sophomore letterwinner (Johnson) as well as veteran senior managers and student trainer (Shelby Bouffard, Kensley Toungate, and Ryan Roe). Georgetown won second in both the gold bracket of the Georgetown Jack Frost Tournament, losing to Houston Westbury Christian, 52-60, and in the Winnsboro HoopFest, losing to the host school, 48-58 as well as third in the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, AZ, by defeating Chandler, AZ, 57-55 on an assist from Atwood to Pennington on the buzzer. That win revved up their engines and began an acceleration that led them deep into the state playoffs. The team went 14-0 in District 16-5A play while collectively all four teams posted an unprecedented 45-0 record and district championships at every level. Next in the state playoffs, Georgetown defeated Cy-Woods at Brenham in overtime, 57-53, Lufkin at A&M Consolidated, 49-42, and Cy-Falls at Hearne, 47-43, before losing to Bryan, 45-50, in the regional tournament on the Baylor University campus.
There were high expectations for the 2011 Lady Eagles as they had “All the Right Ingredients” due to a returning senior group that included all-state Brianna Bogard along with four other seniors (Amanda Bizzell, Elizabeth Kniffen, Alex Larsen, and Cassie Vick). Pre-season All-American Krystal Forthan joined this senior group in her first year as a varsity player. Added to it was an underclass group that included returning starter junior Emily Johnson as well as two other juniors (Meghan White and Katie Youngblood). Two sophomores (Lorrie Santoy and Kaitlin Walla) rounded out the core group of varsity players. During tournaments and post season play, junior Astrid Roman along with three sophomores (Lauren Ferrell, Bree Smith, and Misty Walden) joined the team. Varsity managers included Hanna Abbe, Kayde Green, Bailey Lee, Hillary Mozingo, and Larrice Valadez and student trainer Alex Adams. The team compiled an overall record of 33-4 with a perfect 12-0 District 16-5A mark. Along the way, the team finished second in the Jack Frost Tournament, losing a 71-56 decision, once again to Houston Westbury Christian and finally won the Winnsboro HoopFest. The Lady Eagles finished a very respectable fourth place in the largest invitational tournament in the country the highly competitive West Coast Jamboree, losing to nationally rated teams Long Beach Poly, CA, 53-65, and Berkeley, CA, 61-67. At the end of the season, the Lady Eagles truly distinguished themselves as one of Georgetown’s best teams ever by winning a regional championship and making it all the way to the state finals before losing to Irving MacArthur, 58-71. In route to Austin, the Lady Eagles defeated Pflugerville for the third time, 68-56, in the regional finals, then defeated Houston Alief-Elsik, 56-51, in the state semifinals.
The 2012 Lady Eagles believed that “Lightning Can Strike Twice” as they reeled off 17 straight victories and made everyone in Georgetown as well as the state believe, too. Two returning starters (Emily Johnson and Kaitlin Walla) from the 2011 5A defending state finalist team, were joined by five returning letterwinners (Lorrie Santoy, Bree Smith, Misty Walden, Meghan White, and Katie Youngblood) as well as six newcomers (Caitlyn Buttram, Khadijah Conway, Nicole Elliott, Haley Frias, Hayley Hunter, and Astrid Roman). The returning managers (Hanna Abbe and Bailey Lee) were joined by four varsity rookies (Hope Delatorre, Andrea Kauitzsch, Mary Lucas, and Kamille Lyons) and student trainer Macey Watson. Georgetown won the Jack Frost Tournament by defeating state-ranked Liberty Hill, 61-41, and UConn signee Moriah Jefferson and the THESA Riders, 72-62. Also, exacting some revenge, the Lady Eagles treated the locals to a blowout win over Houston Westbury Christian, 71-33. They were defeated by two nationally-ranked teams in the Boo Williams Holiday Classic before besting Forest Park, VA, 64-53. Playing before two standing-room only crowds and on KBVO local television, they finished behind Pflugerville in District 16-5A before they defeated Austin Westlake in bidistrict, 59-45, and were defeated by the eventual state finalist Spring DeKaney, 28-51, in the area-round of the state playoffs. Georgetown’s final record was 27-5.
[custom_frame_left][/custom_frame_left] Paying tribute to the Olympic theme, the 2013 Lady Eagles discussed “Going for the Gold,” which meant to the team that they could win a gold medal if they worked hard, were mentally tough, knew and embraced their roles, were effective communicators, and were fundamentally sound. As the season unwound, they held each other accountable and embodied these characteristics every day in practice. Georgetown returned two starters (Santoy and Walla) as well as two senior letterwinners (Hunter and Smith) and two junior letterwinners (Buttram and Frias) as well as two veteran senior managers (Lyons and Lucas), two junior managers (Delatorre and Amanda Goode), one sophomore manager (Kauitzsch). New to the varsity were one senior (Khadijah Conway), two juniors (Rikki Blue and Nicole Elliott), and four sophomores (Maddie Anderson, Amanda Johnson, Taylor LaCour, and Christine Mersiosky) as well as one senior manager (Grant Anderson and one freshman manager (Seth Sossner). The team was joined by one junior student trainer (Emily Baldwin-Pena). The Lady Eagles were 34-4 on the season. They learned from each loss and became a formidable team. The team was second in the Jack Frost Tournament, losing in the finals to Lubbock Coronado, 55-57 and winning the Winnsboro HoopFest by defeating the Class A state champions Martin’s Mill, 48-40. In the Bertha Teague Mid-American Classic in Ada, OK, Georgetown played before a packed arena of 3,500 every night as they beat state-ranked and local favorite, Byng, OK, 65-29, and then Lomega, OK, 54-28, before eventually losing to the 5A Oklahoma state champions from Sulphur, OK, 35-40. That would be the last loss of the season for the eventual 4A Texas state champions from Georgetown High School. Hayley Hunter capped a furious comeback against Barbers Hill, 44-42, with a putback on the buzzer to advance to the regional tournament in Aldine. In the state tournament Georgetown held San Antonio Brennan scoreless in the third quarter after the score was knotted at 13 all at halftime to advance, 43-30. Georgetown came from behind late in the championship game to best Dallas Lincoln, 65-60. This was the first state championship for the Georgetown Lady Eagles since 1979.
In 2014, with two returning starters (Buttram and Frias), four returning letterwinners (Maddie Anderson, Elliott, Johnson, and LaCour), two veteran managers (Delatorre and Kauitzsch), and 11 new letterwinners (Charisma Alexander, Monica Anderson, Kendrick Clark, MacKayla Embry, Alexis Gonzalez, Taylor Green, Avery Kelly, Samantha Lee, Aubrey Simon, Alex Vance, and Hayley White), and three rooky managers (Barringer, Hamman, and Neitsch), the “No Pressure No Diamond” Lady Eagles made back-to-back State Tournament appearances and went 31-7. The team held each other accountable with the “good” kinds of pressures while helping to alleviate the “bad” pressures. Georgetown won the Brownsboro Tournament, defeating John Tyler, 50-34, and the Jack Frost Tournament, avenging a previous loss to Austin Bowie, 45-25. In the Centennial Holiday Classic in Las Vegas, NV, Georgetown went 3-2, defeating Desert Pines, NV, University, NV, and #3 Highlands, AZ, and losing to #2 Bonita, CA, and #3 Liberty, NV. Returning from the out-of-state tournament, the Lady Eagles went on a winning streak of 15 that landed them in the State Tournament. For the second year, the team was undefeated in District 17-4A, going 14-0. Georgetown played 27 players in a bi district win over Willis, 76-39, and defeated state-ranked Brenham and 6 ft. 7 in. McCowan, 55-37. In two years, the Eagles had a perfect record at the Region III-4A Tournament at the Campbell Center in Aldine, Texas, defeating Rosenburg Terry, 53-28, and state-ranked Montgomery, 53-42, in the finals this year. The Lady Eagles ended their season playing in the Final Four, losing to the eventual 4A State Champion Canyon, 22-41.
In 2015, after losing three starters (Alexander, Buttram, and Frias) and two-time state tournament starters (Buttram and Frias), the Lady Eagles returned two starters (Clark and LaCour), seven returning letterwinners (Maddie Anderson, Clark, Green, Johnson, Kelly, Saenz, and White), one veteran managers (Kauitzsch), and six new letterwinners (Deonna Day, Brooke Elliott, Taylor Elliot, Sandi Harris, and Stephanie Sovereen), and two rooky managers (Lindsey Gerlinger and Jacque Hernandez). The team lost Abby Saenz as a player to her second torn ACL so she helped the team out as a manager. Jaime Aguilar, Micah Downs, Bobby Frederickson, Luke Landry, and Jack Saenz were the always important scout team players. The “Stronger Than Ever” Lady Eagles went 31-6 before losing to district rival Vista Ridge in regional finals. The team played in arguably the toughest district in the state where at one time Georgetown was ranked #1 in the state while Vista Ridge and Cedar Park were #2 and #5, respectively. Georgetown won the Toast of the Coast Tournament, defeating Lumberton in overtime, 51-47, and second in the Jack Frost Tournament, losing to eventual 3A State Champion Argyle, 38-48. In the Queen of Palms Classic, in Ft. Myers, FL, Georgetown went 2-1, defeating Dwyer, FL, and Gainesville, FL, before losing to hometown defending and eventual state champion Dunbar, FL. Returning from the out-of-state tournament, the Lady Eagles finished second in District 25-5A, going 11-3, losing twice to Vista Ridge, 54-57, and 58-61, respectively, before splitting with Cedar Park. Playing in Region IV for the first time ever, Georgetown defeated Cedar Creek inbi district, 61-21, state-ranked SA Highlands, in area, 52-34, and in a showdown with Cedar Park again in regional quarterfinals, 61-58. The Eagles qualified to play in the Region IV-5A Tournament at the Blossom Athletic Complex in San Antonio, Texas, defeating CC Tuloso-Midway, 61-32, before losing to top state-ranked Vista Ridge, 40-53, in the finals this year. The Lady Eagles seniors ended with their third 30+ win season and a couple of games short of their ultimate goal.
After graduation, Georgetown’s program numbers were smaller than in recent years thus the theme “Army of One.” The team graduated seven seniors (Anderson, Johnson. Kauitzsch, LaCour, Saenz, Sovereen, White) and returned three starters (Clark, Brooke Elliott, Green). It seemed a little dejavu as the team went 24-11 and advanced to the regional finals before bowing out again to Vista Ridge. Georgetown was defeated by Waco Midway, 36-53, on the opening night of the season and then lost to Lufkin in the Conroe Tigerette Classic in the first round before reeling off three victories, defeating Nimiz, Humble Summer Creek, and Bryan. The next victim was Pflugerville, winning 56-42, before dropping tough games to state-ranked Killeen Ellison, Killeen, and Pflugerville Hendrickson. The team advanced to the gold bracket semifinals before losing to John Tyler, 32-46 and went 1-2 in the Bertha Teague Mid-American Classic, beating the host Ada, OK, 45-38. In District 25-5A, Georgetown went 12-2, losing twice to Vistas Ridge before winning five playoff games to land in the Region IV-5A Tournament finals facing Vista Ridge again. Vista Ridge won 40-50, denying the locals a fourth trip to state in the past six years.