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January 13, 2014

Keller works to be ready for anything

KISD Girls Basketball In a district that includes first-place Southlake Carroll and a bunch of 3-4 teams hungry to make the playoffs, the Lady Indians expect their opponents to give their all.

It’s the Boy Scouts’ motto for which Keller’s girls are hoping to earn a merit badge.

Being prepared is what the Lady Indians’ basketball team is focusing on as they march toward the stretch of the district race.

“At this time of the year, you’ve got to be ready for anything,” said Keller head coach Doug Sporrer.

Sporrer emphasized some teams in the district are going for broke and have nothing to lose when gunning for one of District 4-5A’s top teams.

Keller, 6-1 heading into Tuesday’s game with Northwest and Friday’s game at home with Central, has plenty of stiff competition on the horizon, including next Tuesday’s rematch with Fossil Ridge.

“Obviously, being undefeated in district would be nice, but 6-1 is nice, too,” Sporrer said. “We’ve really been rebounding well and taking care of the ball. We’ve been playing great since Christmas.”

The Lady Indians’ lone loss was to district leader Carroll.

Alli Gribbin continues to lead the Lady Indians in scoring, and Sporrer said she’s playing very well, but others on the squad are stepping up too.

“Everyone’s not going to score and we just have to have girls fill a role,” Sporrer said. “It’s like the offensive line doesn’t score. As long as everyone plays their role we’ll be just fine.”

The second time playing district opponents allows for less specific preparations and more time on the basics such as shooting and other fundamentals.

“You know what they may do,” Sporrer said, “so you just need to talk about things that can happen. We shouldn’t even be looking at the scoreboard until the last four minutes,” Sporrer said of the coaching clichés. “People make fun of (Cowboys football coach) Jason Garrett when he talks about process constantly, but that’s really true. We work on the things that are important to us. Once the ball is tipped, you’re thinking about just that game and not looking ahead.”

The Lady Indians are by no means coasting, as there are three teams at 3-4 in the district standings and all still hungry and in the playoff hunt.

•  Fossil Ridge is one of those teams, and after Tuesday’s game with Richland, it will have a better sense of how much its playoff dream will be uphill. Richland was 4-3 heading into the game, although the Lady Panthers had posted a 10-point win over Richland in their first meeting. Results of Tuesday’s game can be found at

Richland got a measure of revenge by beating Fossil Ridge in the Boswell Tournament, 49-48.

“I’d just as soon let them win that one,” said Fossil Ridge head coach Stacy Henson. “They say it’s tough to beat the same team three times in a season, so I’ll let them have that have that one.”

Henson said the Lady Panthers are getting better every day.

“We’re mentally getting ready to play every Tuesday and Friday,” Henson said of her team’s mental preparations. “We had a lack of focus at various points, but we’re still in the hunt and we have something to fight for,” she said.

•  Central, 2-5, was to play Carroll on Tuesday before their game with Keller. Next Tuesday, the game with Timber Creek should prove to be a big match up for both teams.
•  Timber Creek, 1-6, lost by just two points to the Lady Chargers in their first game in the district schedule and are paced by Laniya Taylor.

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