The season is still very young, but the Timberview and Legacy girls basketball teams are already on a positive trajectory.
Both teams have already logged exciting overtime wins, and the best is still ahead.
At Timberview, the overtime win over a state Top 20 team in Plano East shows the Lady Wolves are formidable. They are already locked-in with returning starters Trelynn Tyler, Lauryn Thompson, Hailee Walls, Taylah Thomas (a part-time starter from a year ago) and the only senior of the group, Allyson Hinds.
Timberview is looking to match – and then surpass – its regional quarterfinal appearance from last year.
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What may well take it over that marker is the Dec. 1 addition of former Mansfield standout Chennedy Carter.
Carter, who sat out last year due to transfer rules, will be a game-changer, said Timberview head coach Kit Martin.
“We’re a very good team right off the bat,” Martin said. “When Chennedy gets added, we’ll be at another level. We’re a completely different than we were a year ago,” she said of the added experience.
Martin admitted the team had to go through last year to get to this season and they’ve continued to build. The target is the hard-to-achieve “next level.”
Timberview seems to be poised for that next level, as there could potentially be a shift in the power of the conference. Seguin, for example, lost four of its five starters. Legacy has one of the better players in Grace Daniels.
That tale will soon play out as the nine-team District 14-5A schedule kicks off on Dec. 1.
The district opener for Timberview will be with a solid Summit team.
After tough games with Skyline and Hallsville (played at a neutral site at North Forney) and the district opener, Timberview will play in the Cowtown Classic, Dec. 2-5.
“We’ll just fight to get better every day and stay healthy,” Martin said. “We’re excited about our potential.”
In addition to Legacy having Daniels back, the Lady Broncos will play more of an up-tempo game, said head coach Michelle Morris.
“We’re still working on completing the team but we’ve got a lot of experience,” Morris said.
Daniels is joined by returners Channa Parvin, Bethany Ross and Kala Jones.
That talent will allow the Lady Broncos to push the pace and put more pressure on other teams.
Just ask Kennedale, which had to take on Legacy in the season opener.
Legacy and Kennedale went to three overtimes and turned in a college-type score, with Legacy coming out on top 106-100.
“We’ve never played in a game like that,” Morris said. “It’s one of those games you’ll always remember.”
Unfortunately, Legacy went from the grueling contest to a tournament in Austin and didn’t quite have their legs back under them. They went 2-3 in the tournament.
Legacy finished last season tied for the fifth spot and one game out of the playoffs.
The experience should hopefully be good for another win in the district this year and make up the difference.
“If we stay healthy and play our game, we have a great chance,” Morris said. “We’ll see what the future holds.”