The Carroll boys basketball team got off to a rough start in district play this past week, but coach Eric McDade said he feels confident the team will get things back on track and said the 0-2 start is not indicative what the team is capable of doing.
Carroll will compete in the Trophy Club Nelson tournament over the Christmas break, and McDade said he thinks it will be a good opportunity for his team to get some rhythm back.
“This is really critical that we get these games in, because the ice threw us off in terms of extra games before district this season,” McDade said. “This is an opportunity to get our legs and get a good tune-up to continue on with district play.”
Carroll will open up the tournament with Waxachie at noon on Thursday.
Carroll lost to Northwest 47-44 on Friday night, and McDade said it was a hard-fought contest.
“It was a tough battle,” McDade said. “It was back and forth at their place. Coach [Mike] Hatch had said this was the best team he'd had in seven years, and they are very good. They probably one of the top teams in the area. I felt like our kids were well-prepared. I felt like our staff did a good job of game planning.
“We came out and executed our game plan, and it was a war. We had a shot at the end to tie it and send it to over time and it just grazed off the rim. But I felt like we played one of our better basketball games of the year.”
Lil’Jordan Humphrey has led the Dragons in the first two district games in scoring, and McDade said the sophomore players has added another dimension to his team.
“Jordan came over from football at the end of the season,” McDade said. “He came in and has another level of athleticism. He is a heady basketball player. He is very unselfish; he gets a lot of rebounds and he can really drive and score.”
McDade said there is it is tough losing the first two district contests to start the season, and added that the team will have to do a couple of things to keep from becoming discouraged.
“What you focus in on is getting better and being the best team you can be,” McDade said. “We've seen some growth and we've seen some progress.
“The schedule didn't do us any favors in that, number one, our district is very competitive from top to bottom, but we also start with four of the top five teams in our district, with us being included, in that we started out with Richland, Northwest, then Keller and Fossil Ridge all in a row. That's what we've got, so we have got to buck up and get after it.”