In the first district game of the boys basketball season, Keller edged Fossil Ridge, 55-52, putting the Indians in the driver’s seat.
But now, after six straight district wins, Fossil Ridge is riding shotgun.
Keller dropped a game to Richland, putting both teams at 6-1 heading into Tuesday’s showdown for the top spot in District 4-5A. The game was played after the press deadline; results can be found at dfwvarsity.com.
Both Keller and Ridge handed previously undefeated Northwest back-to-back losses to push the Texans down to third place and into a tie with Richland.
Keller’s win last Tuesday was a 55-47 game in which the Indians erased a 24-21 halftime deficit and slowly pulled away in the second half.
Ridge’s victory over Northwest didn’t come easy on Friday night, as they escaped with a 65-64 win. The margin of victory was a bit deceiving, as the Texans nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer to close the difference.
Fortunately for Fossil Ridge, they hit 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to keep Northwest at a distance.
“It was a great win,” said Fossil Ridge head coach Zack Myers. “We knew going in that playing Richland, Northwest, and Keller back-to-back would be a challenge and all we wanted to do was play well.”
Fossil Ridge’s Ryan Parker had urged the Panthers to keep the same momentum and pace they were seeing in their practices.
“‘Hey guys, let’s just play like we practice,’” Myers said Ryan preached recently. “If we are playing well, we can beat anybody,” Myers added.
Having another shot at Keller was seen by Myers as a great challenge and opportunity.
“I think our guys see it as an opportunity to keep rolling and playing well,” Myers said of the Keller game on Tuesday and then Central on Friday. “We’re excited about finding a way to keep doing good things. We need to be focused on just doing what Fossil Ridge is has been doing, not so much of a focus on the opponent,” Myers said.
After the Keller loss, Fossil Ridge knew the district schedule was still a long road, but Myers admits it was certainly a little disappointing to start off 0-1.
“We still have seven games left, and it’s a marathon. We just need to finish the journey,” he said. “Since the (holiday) tournament we’ve won five in a row. We’re very happy to be 6-1 in district.”
Keller has Haltom on Friday before hosting Carroll next Tuesday.
• Timber Creek and Central have had a trying season, with the Falcons at 1-7 and the Chargers looking for their first district win. The two teams were to face each other on Tuesday, with results available on dfwvarsity.com.
Friday’s games have Timber Creek hosting Richland and Central hosting Fossil Ridge.
Timber Creek was close to its second district win, but dropped a 46-45 decision to Haltom last week.
Central’s J.R. Rogers continues to lead the Chargers in scoring. He pumped in 19 points in the loss to Keller last week.