Keller Citizen

Ridge, Timber Creek girls taking it to the wire

Fossil Ridge heads into its final three girls basketball games in a tie for the final playoff spot in District 4-5A, while Timber Creek has the slightest of hopes.

While Keller sits in second place behind Carroll, it’s going to be a nail-biting conclusion for the Lady Panthers. Timber Creek still has the mathematical equation hopes for a play-in game to occur.

For Fossil Ridge, tied at 4-7 with Northwest and with a split of games between the two teams, it comes down to this: The Lady Panthers had Haltom on Tuesday, Carroll on Friday and then conclude with Timber Creek next Tuesday. Using the current standings as a predictive index, the Lady Panthers should go 2-1. Northwest has Timber Creek, Richland and Central. Again, using the current standings as a predictor, it’s another 2-1 potential finish for the Lady Texans. A play-in game would then ensue.

Timber Creek, of course, has the two 4-7 teams on its schedule along with Keller. A run of the table for the Lady Falcons would produce an improbable appearance, but perfection isn’t necessarily needed.

“We have to win two of the three games to even get a play-in game. We still have a chance,” said Timber Creek head coach Tina Demichele, adding that the district’s parity among the middle teams still affords the Lady Falcons a shot. “Whoever shows up could win the game.”

The quagmire wouldn’t be quite so desperate for Timber Creek had it pulled off the upset of Richland on Friday. Instead, the Lady Falcons dropped a 36-33 loss to third-place Richland.

Raven Rogers and Laniya Taylor each had seven points in the loss to the Lady Rebels.

“We killed ourselves on Friday,” Demichele said of the loss. “We were just so inconsistent.”

What sank the Lady Falcons’ hopes was a five-point first half total.

“We score five points the whole first half,” Demichele said. “In the second half, we pulled to within three and had an opportunity to win the game but we turned the ball over. Then, Raven got fouled at the 3-point line.”

Had Rogers hit the first two free throws, Demichele said they would’ve had an opportunity to have an intentional miss on the third attempt to try for the win.

“I’m just so happy they didn’t give up,” she said proudly.

•  Fossil Ridge’s 36-28 win over Central last Friday included Jennifer Liciero’s 12 points and Madison Crawford’s 10 points, while Central’s Tiffany Wilson and Ashley Yarbrough each had eight points.

•  Keller, after its win over Ridge on Friday, still sits a game behind Carroll, but the two were locking horns again on Tuesday, with game results available prior to the press deadline. Results can be found at

The Lady Indians beat the Lady Panthers, 46-32, and were again led by Alli Gribbin with 11 points. She was joined in double-figures by Kennedy Kress (11) and Ryann Johnson (10). Madison Crawford scored 15.

Keller can’t relax at all, even after the Carroll game, as it still has Richland and Timber Creek on the schedule.

•  For Central, in addition to its game with Northwest in the finale next week, the 2-9 Lady Chargers have Haltom and Richland.