The race for a playoff spot in District 5-6A girls basketball is beginning to take shape, but there’s no clear evidence as to which teams will be in which place.
There are five teams all within two games of each other, and with a few surprises, any of the eight teams could be in the hunt.
But headed into the final two games of the first round of the district schedule, Keller is able to hold its head just a little above the pack.
Keller bumped its District 5-6A record to 5-0 last week as the Lady Indians knocked off Denton Ryan and Timber Creek.
This week, Keller had Fossil Ridge on Tuesday and then hosts Northwest on Friday.
The 49-45 win over Ryan was a pivotal early-district game, as Ryan was also on a run of success although Fossil Ridge also tagged Ryan with a district loss during the week.
Denton Guyer stands in second place in the district and the matchup with Keller comes on Tuesday.
Guyer’s only loss was to Keller in the first district game of the season.
“If we can beat them twice, you just hope they’ll be behind you in the standings,” said Keller head coach Doug Sporrer. That two-game sweep would give a team the tiebreaker in the event of other losses along the way.
The Lady Indians were coming off a 2-2 performance at the holiday tournament in Mansfield, against one of the stronger tournament fields in the area.
“We beat two good teams and lost to two good teams,” Sporrer said of the holiday outing.
The Lady Indians were ready to get back into district play.
Although Keller came out a bit flat against Ryan, they soon got back in sync.
“We didn’t rebound real well,” said Sporrer. “We’ve got to improve in that area and clean it up a little bit on defense. We just have to have all five crashing the board on the defensive end.”
Keller has found ways to stay strong on the offensive end.
Lexi Burns scored 18 points for Keller in the Ryan win, while Ryanne Johnson added 16.
Those two, along with others such as Kennedy Kress, Alli Gribbin and Megan Vincent have kept the Lady Indians with plenty of offensive options.
The ability to finish out the first round of district games unscathed continues to be a goal for Keller.
“If we can finish with no losses in the first round, I won’t complain,” Sporrer said. “But it won’t be easy.”
Timber Creek, after suffering the loss to Keller, was unable to pull out of a 40-32 loss to Northwest. The loss dampened the 14-point performance by Jordan Dixon of Timber Creek.
The Lady Falcons were to take on Guyer and then will be at home for Central on Friday.
As for the Lady Chargers, they were able to pick up a big win over Fossil Ridge last Friday.
The 52-42 win for Central was their first district win. It was a balanced effort by Tianna Cobos, Sam Cary and Kyanna Castenada. Cobos totaled 13 points with Cary and Castenada each added 11.
Central will try to add to the win total this week in games against Byron Nelson and Timber Creek.
Fossil Ridge, while dropping to 3-2, is still in the thick of the race for a playoff spot.
The Lady Panthers did pick up the decisive win over Denton Ryan which was highlighted by Grayson Bright’s 19 points and Madison Crawford’s 16.
Ridge will have the rivalry game with Keller early in the week before taking on Byron Nelson on Friday. They’ll play at Northwest the following Tuesday.