Panthers’ success coming with added ingredients

01/06/2014 3:23 PM

01/06/2014 3:25 PM

Last month’s ice storms cooled more than the air in the region. It certainly cooled the development of teams such as Fossil Ridge, who lost out on four game opportunities.

It certainly impacted every team that missed game-time experience during a tournament weekend, but for the Panthers, the impact was possibly more crippling, as they had key players getting back onto the court following a successful football campaign.

Players such as Cameron Montgomery, Niron Fields and Ryan Parker had just three games back before play was put on ice.

“We played some games really well and a couple of games not so well,” said Fossil Ridge head coach Zack Myers, whose Panthers were 2-1 in district play headed into their Tuesday game with Carroll.

“We were getting to where we finally have everybody after getting three from football,” Myers said. “We’re just now all together and the more we play together, the better we get.”

Ridge picked up a win at Haltom on Friday after getting much-needed holiday tournament games. The Panthers went 2-2 in the Fort Worth ISD Classic, including a tough 49-48 loss to Arlington Lamar.

At Haltom, Parker scored 22, Montgomery had 14 and Chase Berry threw in 12 for the Panthers.

“When the ice happened, we lost the chance to play four games which we use to learn a lot about ourselves,” Myers explained. “We missed a lot of teaching from playing and we had so many guys we’re adding to the mix, it was even more crazy for us.”

Myers said teams like Carroll and Timber Creek are also competing for a playoff spot and in a district such as 4-5A, all 14 games on the district schedule are key.

“All 14 (district) games are a big game,” Myers said. “Every one of them is a big game and a big week for us.”

The Tuesday game with Carroll was played after the press deadline, but results can be found at dfwvarsity.com.

Myers also admitted he was looking forward to getting back to classes as they resumed this week following the holiday break.

“It’ll be good to get back into a bit of a routine,” he said.

•  Keller picked up a big win over Carroll on Friday in a 49-38 win after beating the Dragons in the finals of the Byron Nelson Classic the week before. But Friday’s game was “for real” as district standings were at stake. Keller moved to 3-0 with the win and was hosting Timber Creek on Tuesday before traveling to Richland on Friday for another big district showdown with the 3-0 Rebels. Northwest also stood at 3-0 going into Tuesday’s games.

•  Timber Creek, 1-2, would have its work cut out with the Keller and Fossil Ridge games this week. The Falcons have shown signs of being a contender, such as the narrow 47-42 loss to Northwest last week.

•  Central looked to pick up their first district win against Haltom when they tangled on Tuesday. Friday’s game has the Chargers hosting Northwest.

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