Keller’s girls basketball team has already notched one tournament championship and is working toward a second.
After the Flower Mound tournament, which concluded before the holiday, Keller is now preparing for a treacherous slate of games and a bit of a taste of the southern hemisphere.
The results of the Flower Mound tournament were unavailable due to the early deadlines for the holiday, but can be found at dfwvarsity.com.
The Lady Indians headed into the first-round game at Flower Mound against Waco’s University High School with a 6-0 record.
They won the Lady Spartan Classic Tournament at Burleson Centennial, picking up a big win over Waco Midway in the finals.
Now, Keller was to come back and play Lewisville before the holiday and then prepare for Cedar Hill on the road and South Grand Prairie at home next Tuesday and Friday.
Keller will also host one of the touring Australian national teams on Dec. 6 for a 7 p.m. game.
The Cedar Hill game will be a rematch with the team that knocked Keller out of the playoffs in an overtime game in the second round.
In fact, the game was set prior to the playoff meeting when Keller head coach, Doug Sporrer, suggested the contest.
“They always have a good program, so I approached their coach just before the game and told her I knew it was a bit odd, but told her we had an open date and would they want to play,” Sporrer said.
Facing South Grand Prairie will give the Lady Indians another tough opponent, too.
Sporrer said foregoing another tournament just after the Thanksgiving break will allow the team to get into the Tuesday-Friday routine in preparation for the district schedule starting in mid-December.
“We decided we can get a lot of practice time if we play 11 games before Thanksgiving and see where we are,” Sporrer added. “We’ll just try to play a bunch of games to see what we’re bad at,” he joked. “It’s like a pre-test to see what you don’t know until you take a test.”
Sporrer said he’s started the list of what they need to focus on in practice, but with four returning starters to a squad that’s won back-to-back district titles, the list shouldn’t be long, or hard to correct.
With such an experienced roster – the first time Keller has been able to say that in two years – the opportunity to spend more time on the practice floor is what may benefit them most.
Younger teams desire the fire-testing of more tournament games to develop chemistry.
The game with the Australian high school team is something Sporrer has been interested in for a few years and was finally able to work out the logistics.
What he knows of the opposing girls, who are on their summer break, is enough to keep Keller’s attention.
Sporrer said four of the players are listed as over 6-3.
The Keller boys had hosted a similar Australian team a few years ago.