Panthers gear up for Mustangs rematch

01/20/2014 3:30 PM

01/20/2014 3:32 PM

The Colleyville Heritage boys basketball team has won two of its last three games, and coach Stephen Hamrick said he believes his team is in the process of turning a corner.

The Panthers played Trinity on Tuesday night after the press deadline, and will travel to Grapevine at 8 p.m. this Friday.

Grapevine defeated Colleyville Heritage 49-29 in their first meeting on Dec. 20, and Hamrick said to even the season series for the Panthers, it will take a couple of things.

“Grapevine is a rivalry game and anything can happen,” Hamrick said. “There is a lot of pride involved and a lot of competition involved. This is always a fun and exciting games for our kids. They are up for it, and it will take a tremendous effort on the defensive side and we have to execute offensively. We have to finish off possessions and make shots.”

Colleyville Heritage defeated R.L. Turner 66-53 last Tuesday and lost to L.D. Bell 63-42 on Friday, and Hamrick said his feelings about last week were somewhat mixed.

“Against R.L. Turner, we had some very good moments, and we played pretty good basketball,” Hamrick said. “We did a pretty good job on the defensive end especially. We were able to get the number of stops we wanted to get. On the offensive end, we were kind of streaky scoring. But we played well enough to win on the road, which his always great in district play.

“In the Bell game, we didn't play so good. We got off to a sluggish start offensively. We didn't shoot the ball very well, but I give a lot of credit to L.D. Bell. They shot the ball over 50 percent from the field, and we shot it 25 percent. We didn't do a good job of putting the ball in the bucket.”

Hamrick said that he does believe the Panthers are on the right track now.

“We're playing better basketball, which we are very proud of,” Hamrick said. “We're starting to build some momentum with our play and get a little more consistent. We had a lapse against Bell as a group, but we are definitely playing better basketball since the holidays and stringing more and more possessions together and having a little consistency on the offensive end.

“We still have to eliminate some mistakes, but we've done a good job on the defensive end of out-rebounding people and not turning the ball over. We just have to keep having consistency in scoring.”

Colleyville Heritage was 2-5 through the first half of district play, and Hamrick said things are still wide-open in district.

“I think it's wild and wooly, and I think anything can happen,” Hamrick said. “It's been proven in this district that anybody can beat anybody. It kind of comes up against this next group of match ups and whose playing well at the right time. Hopefully, we can pick up some steam and streak some wins here together.”

•  Over at Grapevine, the Mustangs defeated Irving Nimitz by a score of 46-36 on Friday night to improve to 3-4 in district competition through the first half.

Bryce Hill scored 16 points in the game for the Mustangs, while Davonta Jones added nine points.

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