Timber Creek starts critical week to bolster playoff spot

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Starting Tuesday, volleyball teams in District 4-5A began their second loop through the district schedule and Timber Creek, among others, will have its hands full with two critical games.

The Lady Falcons lost last Tuesday to Carroll and on Friday to Northwest and entered this week in fourth place at 4-3 in the district.

In order to keep pace, Timber Creek will need to come away with at least a split of their games with Keller on Tuesday and Central’s big rematch on Friday.

Timber Creek beat Keller the first time in district play and dropped the first match to Central in a tense five games.

But this time around, Keller will be close to full strength, with standout Malery Wahlin back on the court and other Lady Indians back from injury or illness.

“Keller didn’t have two of their key players,” Timber Creek head coach Cathy Reeves said of the first match. “We played ‘Depleted Keller’ and now we’re going to have our hands full,” Reeves said. The game was played after the press deadline, but results can be found at dfwvarsity.com.

Timber Creek will also hope to be back to full strength, as Reeves said the Lady Falcons have battled bouts of sickness and general not feeling well.

“I’m hoping we’re back to 100 percent,” Reeves said, but noted this time of year not only brings upper respiratory infections and the first six-week grade period, so players are stressed with school, grades and loss of sleep.

“This time of year, are you not only a coach, but counselor, tutor and doctor,” Reeves said. “You hope your kids are taking care of themselves.”

Regardless, the Lady Falcons know the week is big and realize so much is on the line, they cannot afford to look ahead to evening the score with Central on Friday.

“To hold on to what we have, we have to come out strong,” Reeves said.

Carroll leads the district at 7-0, followed by Central at 6-1, Northwest at 5-2 and then the Lady Falcons. Keller is just one game back at 3-4.

•  Central’s lone loss in the district has come to Carroll, a team that has lost just one game all season. The Lady Chargers and head coach Terri Kelso are coming off a strong week after picking up wins over Richland and the full-strength Keller. The Keller match went to five games before determining a winner. In addition to the Timber Creek match on Friday, Central had Haltom on the schedule for Tuesday.

•  Keller has some ground to make up, but the Lady Indians are showing they have the potential to move themselves up into a playoff spot. Although the Lady Indians lost to Carroll and Central last week, they’ll still be challenged when they take on Fossil Ridge on Friday, following the Tuesday match with the Lady Falcons.

•  Fossil Ridge picked up their first district win of the season – and of the last two seasons – when they posted a victory over Haltom in five games. Their road gets no easier with Carroll on Tuesday before their match-up with Keller on Friday

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