With the 20123-2014 boys and girls basketball seasons just underway at both Northwest and Byron Nelson, here’s a snapshot of how each team has performed to this point. The girls season is into its third week. The boys is into its second.
There's been solid senior leadership from Briana Barnhill, who is averaging about nine points per game. There were 20-point plus losses to Argyle Liberty Christian and Cisco. The Lady Texans continued the season Friday at Wichita Falls Rider. There's a long way to go, and things likely will get difficult. However, Johnson has this program off to a better start, which is what it really needed.
While he may not have the dominant post, there is plenty of height on the roster, with seven players who stand either 6-4 or 6-5. The offense should be in good hands with senior point guard and three-year starter Josh Tatum. What was going to make this week fun was that Northwest and Byron Nelson were meeting for the first time on Tuesday at Nelson. Expect this series to continue for the near future.
Woodard did not finish the 2012-2013 season for undisclosed reasons. That said, she erupted with a big game as she hit for 21 points in a 55-54 victory over Grapevine. There is also quality post play in Madison Edwards. Nelson doesn't play against until Nov. 25 against Prosper.
But if the 53-42 season opening victory over Weatherford last Friday showed anything, it's that there could be a great 1-2 punch between Nzekwesi and Williams. Each scored 18 points. Following their game on Tuesday with Northwest, the Bobcats will play host to their second consecutive District 4-5A opponent in Keller on Friday. The Indians were a playoff team in 2012-13.