You can definitely call what the Carroll’s girls basketball team is doing the equivalent of being “on a roll.”
The Lady Dragons (17-6, 4-0 in District 7-6A) were impressive in their two wins over Coppell and Richland last week. They won those games by an average of 24.5 points and ran their winning streak to eight before Tuesday’s home game against Euless Trinity. That game was a battle of the district’s undefeated teams.
“We played really well against Coppell and got what we wanted,” coach Teri Morrison said. “We had a four-point lead at the half against Richland but we had a huge third quarter (Carroll outscored Richland 16-3) where we really played well. Those are the things that we need to keep doing as we go through the season.”
What’s being overlooked is Carroll’s defensive prowess. The Lady Dragons allowed 33 and 31 points respectively. In fact, through its first four district games, Carroll was yielding only 33.3 points per game.
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Carroll’s defense sometimes doesn’t received the attention is deserves. But Morrison likes the way her team is playing. And that’s what it’s going to take as the Lady Dragons are pushing for another district championship.
“We’re just continuing to playing defense and play within the system,” Morrison said. “You have to be at your best on that part of the floor.”
Flexer flexes out
The goal coming into the season for junior 5-9 guard Natalie Flexer was that she would get into the eight-player rotation and contribute a couple of baskets and maybe a couple of rebounds.
But she came in a big way and helped the offense against the Lady Rebels when she scored nine points. She also mixed in a rebound and assist. That kind of play is earning Morrison’s trust. Flexer is playing about 18-20 minutes per game.
“She sees some opportunities and has been patient to take advantage,” Morrison said. “The good thing about her offense is that she’s taking the ball to the rim. With our lineup, we’re not running a lot of guards, so Natalie has had to wait her turn. She was going to be in our rotation when the season started. But the way she has played in the last two weeks has been pretty important.”
A big week
The Lady Dragons played for sole possession of first place on Tuesday against Trinity. They then played at Colleyville Heritage on Friday. A sweep would give the Lady Dragons control of the district through the end of the first half of the season. A split would still keep them in a solid position.
The good news is that senior post Madison Drescher is nearly through recovering from her severely sprained ankle. Morrison anticipated Drescher to be at 100 percent for Tuesday’s game.
“We just have to keep staying consistent with how we operate both offensively and defensively,” Morrison said. “We’ve seen just about every style of play through the non-district season. So I think our girls will be ready for whatever else we see.”