Mansfield Sports

December 9, 2013

Timberview district schedule starts with challenge

Girls Basketball After missing a slew of games because of the ice storm, local teams were scheduled to begin district play this week.

Timberview’s girls basketball team will not waste time in starting the district schedule this week with ease.

Tuesday, the Lady Wolves were scheduled to take on Midlothian, but the cancelation of classes on Monday may move the game to later in the week, said Timberview head coach Kit Martin.

Already, the Lady Wolves missed out on a scheduled game with Mesquite Horn last Friday due to the weather.

Now, the 9-4 Lady Wolves are hard pressed for practice time heading into their district schedule, which includes top ranked Duncanville at home on Friday.

Midlothian has a winning record at 7-5.

“It’s important that we delineate everything else from district play,” Martin said. “Ultimately, that’s what you’re looking for. We’ve grown some already, and everyone else is in the same boat,” she said of the limited court time for the other district teams.

Duncanville (10-0) has been barely tested and the Pantherettes are continually posting over 60 points per game.

The Lady Wolves’ growth has come at the cost of losing three of the games by two points or less. Timberview lost two games by a single basket and another by just one point.

“We have to be open to learn from that and not let that happen again,” Martin said. “We can scrutinize how we can do things better. Learning to do better is the upside to the losses.”

Timberview hasn’t let the spare time pass them by, even if they can’t get on the practice court. Martin said that technology is allowing the girls to watch plenty of game film remotely. “We can make up ground that way,” she said.

Duncanville won’t preoccupy the Lady Wolves this week, either. Martin said they’re focused on Midlothian first, and then they’ll worry about Duncanville.

“It’ll be a good week, but a mentally strenuous week,” she said. “We’ll prepare just the same.”

Timberview is coming off a 50-39 win over Summit, but it wasn’t until the second half that the Lady Wolves gave themselves any breathing room. The score was a 22-21 lead for the Wolves at halftime. Terriell Bradley and Davo Olabode each had 15 points for Timberview, while JaLea Bennett contributed 12.

•  Summit, now 6-9, lost out on a number of games last week when the Cowtown Classic was canceled. They were able to get in a pre-game workout on Thursday prior to the tournament cancellation.

With school being called off on Monday, head coach Tammy Lusinger said the game scheduled on Tuesday with Legacy has the potential to being moved to Wednesday.

“It will be almost a week before they’ve been able to practice, but everyone is up against the same issue,” Lusinger said.

In the Timberview contest, Keanna Kelly scored 18 to pace the Lady Jaguars.

On the calendar for Friday is Lancaster at home for Summit.

•  Legacy, after trying to get in the contest with Summit, will play at Lake Ridge on Friday. The Lady Broncos are 11-2 and didn’t have any scheduled games during the weather hiatus.

•  As for Lake Ridge, 4-6, they were initially scheduled to play at Arlington Seguin on Tuesday before hosting Legacy on Friday.

•  Mansfield is winless at 0-10, but have continued to improve heading into the District 7-5A schedule. They lost 39-33 to North Crowley in a game that Chennedy Carter scored 15. Kate Goldberg’s Lady Tigers will be taking on Cedar Hill in the first district game and then DeSoto on Friday.

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