A four-point loss to Keller in the final game of the Byron Nelson Basketball Tournament was a hard pill to swallow for Carroll this past weekend, but the Dragons will have their chance at revenge very shortly.
Carroll will take on the Indians at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Carroll Senior High School, and coach Eric McDade said he expects another dog fight like the one the two teams had in the tournament.
“In the tournament, we were able to hold them to two points in the third quarter,” McDade said. “Then they held us to two points in the fourth quarter. Then it went to overtime, and they ended up pulling it out, but it was a war. It will be a war this time, too. They will get after it and we will get after it.
“After the game the other night, it looks like two pretty evenly matched teams, and it will be a good game. They play good team-oriented basketball. They are solid on defense. They have a good inside game, and they have good guards that are a compliment for their inside game. We'll have to be ready.”
McDade said that his team had a very good showing at the Nelson tournament, as his team went 2-1 in tournament competition with victories over the home team and Waxahachie.
“We have started to get better at the right time,” McDade said. “The defense was outstanding over the tournament. They really did a great job. The guys are really buying in, and that is what is going to carry us throughout district play.”
McDade said he had some standout performances in the tournament as well.
“We had a couple of our seniors really step up for us,” McDade said. “Cole Partyka was all-tournament. Sammy Silver did a great job for us. I think he averaged double figures in the tournament, and Cooper Westland had a great tournament on the boards. He did a very good job rebounding.”
One of the biggest reasons McDade was looking forward to the Nelson tournament was to have a chance for his team to get back into a rhythm following the holiday break and time off from inclement weather.
McDade said he believes his team was able to do just that.
“I felt like our game against Byron Nelson, we were really starting to figure out our rotation, and we were able to put that into practice throughout the tournament,” McDade said. “I think we are really close to getting a handle on what we should do and kind of getting into a groove and finding our chemistry.”