Keller Citizen

Basketball tournaments help launch girls’ early play

The new season is underway for girls basketball and Keller ISD teams are involved in early season tournament play to boost game experience and develop team chemistry.

The district schedule comes soon, with Dec. 11 kicking off the grinding and intense play.

Keller played at the Burleson Centennial tournament and went 3-1.

It had already opened the season, but it was a 35-31 loss to Grapevine.

The Lady Indians have basically the same team as the previous two years, so expectations are high.

“We’re just adjusting as we go to the make the best use of the strengths of this team,” said Keller head coach Doug Sporrer after the tournament. “I’m pleased with the progress so far.”

This week, Keller was playing at Coppell on Tuesday and then will be back in tournament play at Flower Mound.

The next game after the tournament will be at Weatherford on Nov. 24.

Central picked up a lopsided 46-8 win over North Side in the Richland Tournament but also fell to Fort Worth Southwest and Richland.

After hosting Chisholm Trail early in the week, the Lady Chargers will be at Birdville on Friday.

Fossil Ridge was in the Northwest Tournament over the weekend and picked up wins over Haltom and Fort Worth Eastern Hills.

The Lady Panthers lost to Trinity on the second day of the tournament but also registered a win over Paradise.

Much attention is already being paid to senior Grayson Bright, the Fossil Ridge senior and Texas Tech commit.

“I thought Grayson was a beast all weekend,” said Fossil Ridge head coach Stacy Henson.

Ty'Kiera Henry was also exerting herself in the production for the Lady Panthers.

“Ty had a great day (on Friday) and I had some younger kids step up when they had to,” Henson added.

Ridge was to host Haltom again in non-tournament play early in the week and then Grapevine on Friday.

At Timber Creek, the Lady Falcons opened with a win over Fort Worth Southwest and lost to Fort Worth Dunbar but came back to bounce Saginaw, 59-44 in the Lady Rough Riders’ tournament. They also suffered a defeat to Arlington Heights.

Timber Creek has a core of returning players with experience from last season who will look to make a name for themselves when the district season kicks into gear.

The Lady Falcons were to take on Grapevine and then travel to Granbury this Friday.