Starting off the district schedule on the right foot is always advantageous, but to be able to show your team can fight back from a 28-9 halftime deficit can only be a bonus. That comeback by the Fossil Ridge girls basketball team to beat Northwest 44-41 last Friday night has put the Lady Panthers at 2-0 in the young district schedule.
Ridge had also posted a 47-37 win over Richland last Tuesday. But Stacy Henson’s Lady Panthers don’t have long to relish their heroics, as they were slated to take on Keller on Tuesday, with results unavailable at the press deadline. Full results can be found at dfwvarsity.com. Fossil Ridge will play Central at home on Friday.
“Against Richland, we did a good job defensively,” Henson said. “We were up eight points at the half and controlled the game the whole way.”
The Northwest game was nothing close to their district opener.
“We were down 19 at the half and 16 at the end of the third quarter,” Henson said. “In the first we had dead people playing and just watching,” she said of her team’s lethargic play. “Northwest did a good job and everything they executed they did perfectly. In the second half, we were just more intense,” Henson said.
Fossil Ridge didn’t gain the lead until 30.2 seconds remained, but Henson said she felt confident once the Lady Panthers cut the Northwest lead to just six.
“A lot of teams fight really hard, but that was the first time for us to fight really hard and win,” Henson added. “It takes a lot of energy to fight back.”
Madison Crawford led the Lady Panthers in scoring against Northwest with 17 points, while Jennifer Licerio added 12.
Henson knows Keller, also 2-0 in district, has won its fair share of games already (7-2 overall) and can shoot the ball well and likely has the same confidence her Lady Panthers now enjoy.
The Lady Panthers will head into the holiday break by playing in the Boswell tournament, along with Timber Creek and other district teams. They’ll get back to the district schedule on Jan. 3 when they play Haltom.
“Tournaments are a good way to get the kids playing their way back into shape after the holiday,” Henson said.
• Keller, also picking up a win over Northwest, added a win over Central. After their matchup with Ridge on Tuesday, the Lady Indians will host Haltom on Friday.
In the win over Northwest, 37-31, Keller’s Alli Gribbin scored 13 to lead the Lady Indians, who held on in the second half after going in at the intermission up 24-11.
They will then jump into holiday tournament play in the Mansfield Rotary Invitational. When they return to district play, Carroll will await them on Jan. 3.• One or both of Central and Timber Creek will look to notch their first district win this week. Central and Timber Creek – both 0-2 – will have played each other on Tuesday. Central will then be at Fossil Ridge on Friday, while Timber Creek will be at Richland.