Lady Falcons not looking ahead

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With Timber Creek and Keller tied for the fourth spot in District 4-5A volleyball with just three games remaining, the tilt between Timber Creek and tied-for-second place Northwest on Friday seemed to be the “game of the week” for the Keller ISD teams.

“The key game is Tuesday,” said Lady Falcons head coach Cathy Reeves, as Timber Creek was playing Haltom on Tuesday. The game was played after the press deadline, but results are available at

Although Haltom went into Tuesday’s game with a 1-10 district mark, Reeves wasn’t about to look ahead to the Lady Texans game on Friday. Northwest is tied with Central at 9-2 district records.

“We cannot mess up at all,” Reeves emphasized. “They’re all important.

“With Northwest ahead of us in the rankings, then Carroll next week, the one that you can’t overlook is the one you figure is a given,” Reeves explained.

Timber Creek and Keller each have Northwest and district-leader Carroll still to play. Keller also has Central to play. The key is to come out with the best record over the last three games.

“It’s big for them, big for us,” Reeves said of Keller’s schedule. “Everything comes down to who takes care of business and who takes care of big breaks.”

It can be a lot of pressure for a team.

The Lady Falcons and Lady Indians have split their season series, with Keller winning the most recent match in a hard-fought 3-2 decision.

“My kids have never been in the playoffs,” Reeves said of the Lady Falcons. “I don’t know how they will handle the pressure. I think we’re ready. It’s new territory for us.”

Reeves, on the other hand, conjectured that maybe the team wasn’t feeling pressure at all, because they hadn’t been down this road before.

“Ignorance is bliss,” she admitted. “It could be an advantage. Maybe they’re fine, and it’s just me,” she said in regard to feeling pressure down the stretch.

In the first match with Northwest, Timber Creek lost 3-1.

“We’re improved as a team,” Reeves said of the Lady Falcons since that loss. “We were riding pretty high going into that game with Northwest. It was a rough stretch for us,” she said after that loss.

“At this point in the game, you have to take advantage of mistakes and go on a run,” she said.

•  Keller has the more challenging schedule the rest of the way, with Northwest on Tuesday, Carroll on Friday and then Central to finish the regular season next week. The Lady Indians are likely the most improved team coming through the second round of district matches. Following a loss to Carroll, Keller lost a five-game match with Central and then has reeled off three straight wins.

•  Central’s loss to Northwest last week, 3-1, put the teams into the second place tie. They had the task of pinning the first district loss on Carroll on Tuesday before hosting Richland and then finishing with Keller.

•  Fossil Ridge, a victim of Central on Friday, will finish with Richland and Haltom. It was a five-game win over Haltom which gave the Lady Panthers their lone district win this season.

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