Central girls looking to box out playoff spot

01/06/2014 3:24 PM

01/06/2014 3:26 PM

Central’s girls basketball team has already had to run the gauntlet of District 4-5A and is ready to show it can make a run for one of the playoff spots.

The Lady Chargers, 2-3 in district play headed into their Tuesday game with Haltom, have already taken on the leading teams of the district in Keller, Carroll and Richland. The Haltom game was played after the press deadline, but results can be found at dfwvarsity.com.

They’ve posted wins over Fossil Ridge and Timber Creek and will now look to their Friday game as they host 1-4 Northwest.

Obviously, picking up two wins this week to push their district mark to 4-3 heading into the second tour of district opponents would prove huge in securing a playoff spot for Central.

Central head coach Michael Sissney knows nothing will be easy and there’s no “gimmes” in district competition.

“In the two games we won, a play here or a play there and we could’ve lost,” Sissney said. “Even in the Richland game that we lost by 14, we were just trailing by seven at the point in the game before we had to press them. Until then, it was a another play here or there type of game. The next two are going to be similar to that,” he said.

Sissney said the Lady Chargers, who started off slowly, are now beginning to show what they are capable of doing.

“We’re kind of starting to find out who we are,” he said. “Hopefully, we get better but we’re pretty young and we’re trying to figure some things out.”

Central has just two seniors and one is out due to injury.

With Haltom being an athletic team and Northwest having much the same type of talent as the Lady Chargers, the two games this week for Central will tell even more about the promise of the district race.

Building confidence and pushing for a playoff spot are just two things at stake this week for Central, although losses won’t rule either issue out.

“Winning [the two games] gives us a much better chance to make the playoffs, with four wins through the first round,” Sissney said. “The two wins this week would by no means secure a playoff spot. But, even if we lose the next two, it doesn’t rule us out.”

•  Among the top teams, Keller lost out to Carroll in the matchup of the undefeated district teams last Friday. The Lady Dragons trailed early but caught Keller and won 45-34. After hosting Timber Creek on Tuesday, Keller will have another battle on its hands Friday at Richland. Keller is 4-1 heading into their Tuesday game and Richland is 3-2, with the winner on Friday likely staying in striking distance of a district title.
•  Fossil Ridge was one of the teams to tag Richland with a loss (47-37), and the Lady Panthers are also in the middle of the district race at 2-3. They had the chance to score one of those upsets as they hosted Carroll on Tuesday and will travel to Timber Creek for their Friday contest.
•  Timber Creek, 1-4, picked up its district win over Northwest on Friday in a 31-27 win. They were at Keller on Tuesday before their Friday night showdown with Fossil Ridge.

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