Fossil Ridge gives a flip, advances in tournament play

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The Fossil Ridge girls basketball team may have taken some positive steps toward making a run in district play, which resumes this week, after adding a win and playing well in the Boswell Holiday Tournament.

The Lady Panthers started with a 50-43 win over Abilene Cooper. Jordan Lake and Jennifer Licerio paced the Lady Panthers (6-10) with 12 points each.

Fossil Ridge was then to play district opponent Haltom in the next round, but because the two have a scheduled game this Friday, the teams opted for a coin flip to determine which team should advance. Winning the flip and advancing, the Lady Panthers then lost to Richland 49-48 in the semifinals after fighting back from a 34-13 halftime deficit. They made up 10 points in the third period and another seven in the final quarter.

Madison Crawford had 16 points in the game for Ridge, while Licerio had 10. The Lady Panthers lost to Abilene in the consolation finals. Fossil Ridge hit eight three-pointers in the game. Crawford added another 13 points and Maurisha Peyton had 11 and Jordan Lake, 9.

“I certainly hope we are able to take some of the positives from the tournament,” said Fossil Ridge head coach Stacy Henson. “Jordan Lake had a great tournament and we did a great job of battling and not giving up,” she said.

Fossil Ridge will now refocus on district opponents as they travel to Haltom on Friday and play Carroll at home on Jan. 7.

•  Keller, which went 3-2 in the Spring Creek Barbeque tournament in Mansfield, is back on track to focus on its district showdown with Carroll on Friday. The two 4-0 teams will tangle in Southlake before the Lady Indians host Timber Creek on Jan. 7.

Keller head coach Doug Sporrer said he was proud of his team taking on five playoff teams in the 32-team field at the tournament and going 3-2.

“It was a great tournament for us,” he said, noting it was the first time in his six years at the Lady Indians’ helm the team had been able to pick up three wins at the tough Mansfield tournament.

“It’s a very competitive tournament. With our next district game not until Friday, it was nice to get all these games at this point in the season. I’m very proud of the girls for the way they raised their level of play against some very good teams.”

Keller lost to highly-ranked Arlington Seguin, 42-36 in the tournament opener. The Lady Indians held a nine point lead at the half. Ryanne Johnson totaled 11 points for Keller in the loss.

They then beat North Crowley handily, 53-29 and then took care of The Woodlands, 67-42. Alli Gribbin had 17 of her 25 points in the first and Kennedy Kress added 11 for Keller.

The Lady Indians beat Arlington Martin by 10 in the next round before losing to Trimble Tech, 46-44 in their final game.

•  Timber Creek also had a good showing at Boswell’s tournament, opening with a 48-25 win over Arlington. Dani Cowley led Timber Creek (3-14) with 10 points. The Lady Falcons then lost to Abilene and Boswell. They will host Northwest on Friday before their game at Keller on Jan. 7.

•  Central will look to add to their 2-2 district mark as they will play at Richland on Friday and Haltom on Jan. 7. They have won their last two district games after starting 0-2. Samantha Cary and Ashley Yarbrough have been leading the team in scoring for Central.

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