The playoff run was expected to be long and deep for the Keller girls basketball team this year.
But those plans came to an abrupt end last Friday when the Lady Indians were upset by Arlington Lamar, 47-32, in the bi-district round of the playoffs.
Granted, this was a Keller team void of seniors who may have played over their heads and expectations all season.
But you can’t argue with a second-place district finish and an overall record of 21-8.
“Overall, you have to be pleased with that record and a second-place district finish,” said Keller head coach Doug Sporrer. “We will have everyone back and know we have to improve. But the kids are already looking ahead,” he said.
“The hard part is going into the locker room afterward,” Sporrer said, “but I explained that 128 teams made the playoffs and the reality is that 127 of them are going to be upset at the end.”
The Lamar game was the physical matchup the Lady Indians had expected they’d have, against a team which started three seniors.
“They imposed their will on us,” Sporrer said.
As she had all year, Alli Gribbin led the scoring for Keller, tossing in 11 points, while teammate Lexi Burns added 11. Kennedy Kress had nine points for Keller.
Keller utilized talent, albeit young talent and Sporrer said they performed well all season. “Once you get into district games, you don’t know how young kids will perform. We performed well,” he said.
The Lady Panthers faced a formidable Arlington Bowie team and came away with a 73-52 loss at the Thomas Coliseum.
Fossil Ridge trailed by just four points at the half. But Bowie extended the lead in the third period, outscoring the Lady Panthers 17-7.
Fossil Ridge turned a shaky start to the season into a successful one, working their way to a fourth-place district finish and a playoff spot.
Stacy Henson’s team couldn’t match the depth of the Bowie scoring. Five Lady Volunteers hit double-figure scoring in their win.
Stephanie Licerio led the Fossil Ridge scoring with 17 points and Madison Crawford added 15 points. Jordan Lake ended the game with nine points for the Lady Panthers.