Timber Creek picks up win, waiting for district play

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The Timber Creek girls basketball team will take the holiday break and use it as additional prep time as the young Lady Falcons build on the basics.

Picking up their second win of the season over Fort Worth Southwest a week ago, the 2-10 Lady Falcons were set to play Byron Nelson on Tuesday and are off this week until they open District 4-5A play on Dec. 10 at Haltom. The game was played after the press deadline, but results can be found at dfwvarsity.com.

The additional practice time can prove beneficial to a team that graduated seven seniors a year ago and now sees as many as three freshmen on the court. Of the seven seniors on last year’s squad, four were starters and another two were rotating starters or the sixth girl. Another senior injured her ACL and is out for the season.

This year, two Lady Falcons have solid varsity experience.

Those seniors, Dani Cowley and Laniya Taylor, are in a new position after starting their high school careers on winning teams since the onset of the Timber Creek program. Both were on varsity starting in their freshmen year.

“How would they take the role of being patient with the young kids,” was what head coach Tina Demichele said would be the biggest question for the senior leadership.

The program has won for four years, which makes this year’s start a bit frustrating to both the coach and her seniors.

Taylor is certainly the “go-to person” for the Lady Falcons and leads by what she does on the court, Demichele said. Taylor scored 27 in the win over Brewer and even in a 41-30 loss to Fort Worth Christian, she pumped in 18.

“Taylor is like me in terms of the intensity, but it’s a new world for most of the team,” Demichele said. “It’s frustrating for me to try and see what will work for these girls.”

Some of that new world included being able to play the Fort Worth Christian game at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

The Lady Falcons were in the game until the fourth quarter, as they allowed a two-point deficit to increase.

“We were in it until the fourth quarter, and I told them to try and have fun,” Demichele said, noting the girls played with the NBA-distance three-point line.

“We need to get four quarters in,” Demichele said, noting that plugging in three freshmen to get Taylor some rest created a period which the coach likened to “looking as lost as a goose.”

But although the learning for the young squad hasn’t happened as quickly as she’d like, Demichele feels the breaks in the schedule, especially prior to the start of the district schedule, will benefit the team.

“I think it’s them getting the confidence and playing trough mistakes,” Demichele said of how the Lady Falcons will get over the hump.

In that regard, Timber Creek opted to play in three tournaments rather than have two additional scheduled games on the calendar to comply with new UIL standards.

The Lady Falcons have already played in two tournaments and will add a Christmas tournament to their district play.

“We needed to get games and experience,” Demichele added.

Although they play with three freshmen, those three have been pleasant surprises.

Jordan Dixon, Mikayala Ramirez and Jayla Howard have been learning from the seniors.

“They are exciting to watch,” Demichele said of the freshmen. “They will be huge for us in years to come.”

•  Central is struggling much like Timber Creek and their first district game is at Southlake Carroll on Friday after having traveled to Lewisville on Tuesday.

•  Keller, 7-2, is coming off a 38-33 win over Weatherford last week and is prepping for their district opener, when they’ll host Northwest. They’ll also be playing in the post-Christmas Mansfield Rotary Invitational tournament.

•  Fossil Ridge, 3-9, will host Burleson Friday and then Richland next Friday.

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