Keller Citizen

Fossil Ridge readies for Denton teams in district play

District play was scheduled to get underway Friday for boys basketball, and Fossil Ridge has the two Denton schools to contend with as they begin District 5-6A play.

With Guyer on the agenda for last week, the holiday press deadline prevented the game’s outcome from being available but can be found at dfwvarsity.com.

The next team up, on Jan. 6, is a home contest with Denton Ryan.

Fossil Ridge has been a favorite to make the playoffs this season with the some early season play of those such as Jack Ray and Austin Nelson leading the way.

In a recent win over Lake Dallas, Ray and Nelson accounted for 19 and 15 points, respectively.

In between the Denton ISD schools’ games, the Panthers will be playing in the Coca Cola Classic at Wilkerson Greines Activity Center in Fort Worth, Dec. 29-31.

The holiday tournaments will give Fossil Ridge an opportunity to take a step back and evaluate their plans before diving head first into the long district schedule. It can also give other players an opportunity to put in playing time and team chemistry to be tested.

The same goes for other Keller ISD teams such as Central, which are trying to establish their identity.

The Chargers were hosting Northwest to try and get their season back on track after a trying non-district schedule.

Head coach Gerald Sledge will take his team to the Moritz Classic tournament in Aledo from Dec. 29-31 and then will step back into district play when they take on Guyer at home on Jan. 6.

Keller may be another favorite for a playoff spot this year.

The Indians are coming off back-to-back district titles and with the youth of the team, the Indians are just a year more experienced.

They have also completed two tournament titles including last week’s Lustig Orthodontic/Keller ISD Tournament.

The Indians were taking on Byron Nelson to launch their campaign for another title. They will then enter the Whataburger tournament at Thomas Coliseum in Fort Worth.

Timber Creek has the potential to surprise many, as the Falcons sport an above .500 record entering their district game last Friday with Denton Ryan.

The Falcons will also be at the Moritz Classic and then will jump back to district play on Jan. 6 with a showdown with Keller on the Indians’ court.

Players such as De’Vonte Waldon, Haydon Selzer, Daylon Blosser and Taylor Goodrich have proven to be offensively in sync at times and can give teams problems. That sort of versatility on the floor has given Timber Creek a solid chance, as well, to be in the hunt for one of the four playoff spots when the season begins to wind down in mid-February.

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