It's good to be part of Southlake Carroll athletics.
The football team is fresh off a state championship run, the boys and girls cross country teams each claimed titles last month, and the volleyball team stayed atop the state polls for much of the season.
Is the girls basketball team next? Coach Teri Morrison is no stranger to championship trophies as she won the 2009 Class 4A title at Waco Midway before heading to Carroll.
"Who wouldn't want to coach at Carroll?" Morrison said. "You want to be able to be in the best place with great kids. Even so, I wanted to get into 5A and be back in the Metroplex, though it was very tough to leave Midway."
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Since Morrison's arrival the Dragons have posted back-to-back 20-plus win seasons and two consecutive District 7-5A titles. Carroll has put the state on notice so far this season as the Dragons are a perfect 17-0 through a gauntlet of a schedule.
Carroll is the No. 2-ranked 5A team in Texas behind defending state champion Irving MacArthur, with victories over state-ranked teams such as No. 12 Mansfield Timberview (twice), No. 10 Arlington Bowie and defending 4A champion Canyon.
The Dragons are 3-0 in 7-5A and have already grabbed a stranglehold on the district by defeating Keller -- which is projected to be Carroll's top competition -- by 16. Carroll also beat Keller Fossil Ridge by 38 and Justin Northwest by 41.
"We have a balanced attack, basically six starters who all play an equal amount of minutes," Morrison said. "We have good kids at every position; we have a bench, leadership and experience. They've been putting a good run together and I think that's why we're undefeated."
At the core of Carroll's success are senior captains Kayla Reinhart, Caitlin Barrett, Sierra Maykus and Janelle Jenkins. Reinhart is the leading scorer at 11.3 points per game and is tied with Jenkins for the lead in rebounds at 8.3.
Barrett, a guard, is filling up the stat sheet every night out with 9.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.1 steals per contest.
"It's a huge factor that we know it's our last year together as a team," Barrett said. "We really have a chance to do something special and I think it's important in our play."
The Dragons have also been given a spark by freshman point guard Kennedy Leonard, who is the third-leading scorer with 8.8 points per game and is Carroll's assist leader at 4.5 per game. Junior Kami Mickins leads the team in steals with 4.6 per game to go along with 6.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
Up next for Carroll is Mesquite Horn in Tuesday's first round of the Sandra Meadows Classic in Duncanville. The 61st edition features some of the best teams in the state. The Dragons will be without Jenkins because of a family obligation.
Area girls tournaments
Sandra Meadows Classic
Tuesday-Thursday, Sandra Meadows Arena, Duncanville
Teams to watch
Southlake Carroll: The No. 2-ranked 5A team in the state is still undefeated and looking for its third tournament title this season.
Duncanville: The No. 4-ranked 5A team in the state will be looking to defend its home turf.
Houston Westbury Christian: The No. 1-ranked large private school in Texas is hoping to improve upon last year's second-place finish.
Players to watch
Moriah Jefferson, THESA: The UConn commit is the No. 1-ranked point guard and No. 2 overall player in the nation by ESPN Hoopgurlz.
Jordan Jones, DeSoto: The Texas A&M commit is the No. 3-ranked point guard and No. 14 overall player in the nation by ESPN Hoopgurlz.
Empress Davenport, Duncanville: The 5-7 guard is the No. 70-ranked player in the country by ESPN Hoopgurlz and headed to Texas.
Jamaika Hughes, Kennedale: The junior is leading the No. 2-ranked 3A team in Texas in rebounding, assists and steals and is the second-leading scorer.
Mansfield Rotary Invitational
Teams to watch
Pflugerville: The undefeated No. 3-ranked 5A team in Texas is looking to claim its third tourney title this year.
Mansfield Summit: The No. 4-ranked 4A team in the state wants to keep the title in Mansfield.
Canyon: The defending 4A state champs and No. 3-ranked 4A squad hopes to defend its Rotary title.
Players to watch
Ashli Eli, Mansfield Summit: The 5-9 senior guard is commited to N.C. State.
Chelsea Jennings, North Crowley: The Texas A&M commit is one of the top shooting guards in the area.
Itiana Taylor, Pflugerville: The UNT commit averages a double-double in scoring and rebounding.
Taylor Washington, Arl. Bowie: The senior guard is the leading scorer for the No. 10-ranked Volunteers and committed to Henderson State.
Wednesday-Friday, Saginaw High School
Abilene Wylie: The No. 1-ranked team in 3A and defending state champs want to improve upon last year's third-place finish.
Argyle Liberty: The No. 4-ranked large private school is back to defend its tourney title.
Boswell Holiday Classic
Tuesday-Thursday, Boswell High School
Fort Worth Christian: The No. 14-ranked large public school has won six of its last seven games.
Hurst L.D. Bell: The Blue Raiders are 15-3 and have won their last three games by a combined 76 points.
Nolan Catholic Tournament
Wednesday-Friday, Nolan High School
Godley: The No. 8-ranked 2A team in the state won the Glen Rose tournament and placed second in Levelland earlier this month.
Nolan Catholic: The No. 23-ranked large private school in Texas is looking to defend its home turf.