Lady Indians make up for lack of seniors

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Keller may be the girls basketball team on the rise in District 4-5A, especially remarkable in light of it being a team void of seniors.

Yet the Lady Indians are now 4-0 in the young district season and 9-2 overall.

Now, a pivotal match-up with the other current undefeated district team, Carroll, awaits Keller when they resume district play on Jan. 3.

In the meantime, Keller will look to knock some rust off the holiday vacation time as well as play back into game shape at the tough Mansfield Rotary/Spring Creek Barbeque Invitational Tournament this week.

“I really like the tournament,” said Keller head coach Doug Sporrer. “About 28 of the 32 teams in the tournament made the playoffs last year.”

Keller will open with such a team in Arlington Seguin, currently a 7-2 team in 4A.

The tournament will give Keller at least four games to play back in to game shape which otherwise leave the Lady Indians with six practices which can be a long stretch of no real competition, Sporror said.

With the recent icy weather, Keller went 15 days without a game and then had to open its district schedule.

Although the Lady Indians opened up with wins over Northwest and Central, Sporror said the team didn’t play well for the first game and a half.

In addition to not having any seniors on the team this year, Sporror said the Lady Indians are adjusting to something else new from last year’s team’s talent.

“Our biggest concern coming in was having no seniors,” Sporrer said, “but we have players with experience now, though, so that concern goes away.

“We’re adjusting now to figuring out our roles,” Sporrer added. “But we’re revamped a bit and now have more of a post game,” he said, adding that Ryanne Johnson has come on for the team in the post.

“We’ve also won an overtime game and some close games,” Sporrer said. “I’m pleased with where we are.”

Special moment

One of those pivotal games was last week’s win over Fossil Ridge, 53-35. But the fact that Keller pulled away in the final period was maybe not the most memorable aspect of the game.

When Keller’s McKenzie Wieberg went down with a leg injury in tremendous pain, a special-needs cheerleader from Fossil Ridge rushed to comfort Weiberg.

“She ran to me and said, ‘You’re OK,’ and gave me a big hug,” recounted Weiberg of the girl, whose name she doesn’t know. “The hug must have lasted 30 seconds and everyone in the crowd was touched. She wasn’t going to let go.”

Weiberg said she had tears, too, but it was from the act of compassion and sincerity, not her injury.

•  Central bounced back to even their district record at 2-2 with wins over Timber Creek, 50-48 and Fossil Ridge, 42-34. The Chargers will take on Richland on Jan. 3 after getting in a holiday break game with Trinity on Dec. 28.

• Fossil Ridge had picked up two big wins over Northwest and Richland prior to the Keller loss, but was unable to get back on track losing to Central. They’ll be playing in the Boswell tournament over the holiday break before getting back into district play at Haltom on Jan. 3.

• Timber Creek had the narrow loss to Central after going into the final period with a 2-point lead. Although they’re winless in district play thus far, the Falcons will play at the Boswell tournament and then try to post the first win as they’ll face Northwest (1-3) on Jan. 3.

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