Calm before the (district) storm

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The Legacy girls basketball team is on a strong run through the non-district schedule and expects to keep that momentum going as the Lady Broncos await the start of the “real” season next Friday.

Heading into their Tuesday contest with Arlington, the Lady Broncos were 10-2, and head coach Amy Tennison said she fully expected to be 11-2 prior to the Dec. 10 tilt with Summit. Results of the Tuesday game were unavailable at the press deadline, but can be found at

“We’re very confident from where we’ve come from,” Tennison said. “We won the Grand Prairie Classic and the best is still in front of us.”

Where they’ve come from is the 2012-2013 season, when they finished in the bottom few slots of the district standings. They had lost four starters, all due to ACL injuries, and were forced to plug in freshmen to fill many voids.

Tennison said this season, they’ve returned two of those injured from last year, and even the rookies have an additional year of solid experience under their belts.

“They’re all hungry,” Tennison said, “and that’s a good sign.”

The lag time from the Arlington game until the following Tuesday, when district begins, will give Legacy an opportunity to regroup and make another run and string victories together.

“We keep finding ways to win,” Tennison said of the work being put in by the team.

Last week, Legacy posted a 56-38 win over Paschal, with Jonelle Jackson scoring 19 and Danielle Walters 14.

Tennison said headed into the district schedule, the Lady Broncos are excited about the team chemistry and how they’ve been able to accept their roles. “They’ve also been good at playing out of their roles,” Tennison said.

Following the Summit matchup, Legacy will face Lake Ridge on next Friday.

•  For Lake Ridge, the 3-5 Lady Eagles were traveling to Arlington Bowie and Crowley this week before they launch their District 15-4A schedule at Arlington Seguin on Dec. 10. They continue to be led on offense by Khali Pippens-Tryon and Kennedy Burks. The game with Legacy will be hosted by Lake Ridge.

•  Summit, 6-3 headed into its Tuesday game with Timberview, will have the district open with Legacy in an opportunity to set the tone for the chase for a playoff spot. The Lady Jaguars are coming off a tough Pasadena Tournament, where they went 2-3. Their wins were 40-36 over The Woodlands and 54-45 over El Paso Eastwood. It will have been over a week since Summit has played when they get back on the court in Tuesday’s game with the Lady Wolves.

•  In the 5A district, Timberview has started slower than the Lady Wolves had hoped and expected, entering the week at 8-4. Their Tuesday game was with Mesquite Horn and they’ll open the District 7-5A schedule at Midlothian. Their last outing was a disappointing 58-57 overtime loss to Dallas Skyline. Terriell Bradley went for 23 points followed by JaLea Bennett with 22. Dayo Olabode contributed with 11.

•  Mansfield continues to look for their groove and their first win. They traveled to North Crowley on Tuesday and will host Cedar Hill for their initial 7-5A game.

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