Fort Worth Polytechnic was forced to forfeit its District 6-4A game against Birdville on Saturday because of a lack of players.
Birdville coach Amy Ingram said Polytechnic's coach called her about an hour before the scheduled 12:30 p.m. tipoff and said she only had four players show up for the game.
Ingram said she was concerned about Polytechnic's ability to play out the remainder of the district schedule. Polytechnic is 5-10 overall, 2-6 in District 6-4A. Birdville is 9-13, 4-4.
"It's probably going to be an issue," Ingram said.
Phone calls to Polytechnic were not returned.
Position change works
A position change has made a world of difference for Fort Worth Dunbar senior Taylor Dorsey.
Dunbar girls basketball coach Nishia Walker moved Dorsey from point guard to wing, allowing the sharpshooter to move around at will off the ball.
The result? Many more open looks, which has made Dorsey the area's leading scorer, averaging 26.4 points per game.
But it's not like Dorsey needed the move to receive individual accolades. This is her second straight year leading the area in scoring after she averaged 23.1 points per game last season.
Walker first realized how well the transition worked in the second game of the season when Dunbar (10-12, 7-1 District 6-4A) beat Mansfield Summit 64-58 thanks to Dorsey's 43 points.
"In my head I'm thinking, 'She's come back, and she's ready,'" Walker said. "Moving her to the wing could have been the best thing we've done. It's opened her a lot."
Summit coach Tammy Lusinger attempted to guard her man-to-man in that first game, obviously with no luck.
A zone trap helped in the team's second matchup this season, a 65-41 Summit win, limiting Dorsey to "just" 29 points.
"We had to leave other people open and focus in on stopping her, and that worked pretty well," Lusinger said.
In Dunbar's third game of the season, Dorsey put up a season-high 50 points in an 86-58 win over Fort Worth Western Hills.
"Definitely she's one of the top offensive players because there aren't that many players that can shoot the three and take you off the dribble," Lusinger said.
Work in progress
When Mansfield Summit head girls basketball coach Tammy Lusinger, found out her star player Maya Hawkins and post Jazzmin Jackson were taking their talents to the newly opened Mansfield Lake Ridge, she suddenly found herself in a rebuilding year.
Forced to start five new players, the learning curve has been high for Summit (14-11, 4-1 District 15-4A). The program picked up its first district loss since the school moved to 4A, ending a streak of 31 district games.
"Everyone is trying to learn their new role," Lusinger said.
But Summit has put together a 4-1 record so far in its district schedule, which puts it in a tie for first with Arlington Seguin and Red Oak.
A win over Red Oak on Tuesday would put Summit in prime position heading into the second half of district play.
"We have a big week ahead of us, wrapping up the first round of district," Lusinger said.
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