The Carroll boys basketball team moved to 0-3 with a loss to Keller on Friday night, but with the hardest part of district nearly over and the team having lost three close district games in a row, things could be looking up for the Dragons very soon.
The Dragons played Fossil Ridge on Tuesday night after the press deadline (see dfwvarsity.com for results) and will host Haltom at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
“Haltom is in a similar situation as us,” McDade said. “Their coach has been there for about a year and a half. He is trying to get his system in place and develop their program. I know that they are going to play a very energetic style of basketball. If it is anything like the two games we played against them last year, it is going to be a fast-paced, frenzied game, and it is going to be a lot of fun to watch.”
The Dragons lost to Keller 49-38 on Friday. McDade said facing Keller just one week prior, in tournament play, made it a little tough to get them again so soon.
“We faced Keller in the championship game of the Byron Nelson tournament in an overtime thriller, and coming back with a game against them on Friday, in back-to-back games, that was tough,” McDade said. “But our kids battled. We came into that game and were up 18-11 at one point, and then they went on an 11-2 run and led 22-20 at half time. The second half, they made some adjustments, and we did, but we kind of shot ourselves in the foot in the third quarter, and [Keller] pulled away.”
McDade said his assessment early on is that his team is still well in the playoff hunt but that in order to claim a playoff spot, it will not be an easy road.
“You go into the year and have some expectations heading into the season about how you are going to do, how your district is going to do and so forth,” McDade said. “Last year, we were the experienced team, and this year, it kind of flipped on us. Everybody else has most of their players back, and we are the younger team now.
“Our district is one of the toughest in the area. The reason I say that is that Plano West and Lewisville played in a game recently that was described as a battle of powerhouses in an article. Well, Northwest just beat Plano West by almost 30 and Richland beat Plano West, too. Our district is one of the better ones in the area. That means we have to get in there every night and play hard to get back on track.”