Keller Citizen

Teams look to add experience in last tournaments before district

The season is now a few weeks old, but the Keller ISD girls basketball teams know the lull around the Thanksgiving holiday precedes the storm which is the final tournaments and games before district.

The start of the “real” season rolls around on Dec. 11 for teams in District 5-6A, as coaches tend to refer to the non-district games as the “preseason.”

The holiday week had Keller playing at Weatherford, picking up a 47-44 win. It was a game in which neither team led by more than five points.

The Lady Indians and Lady ‘Roos battles over the last four years have yielded a winning margin of no more than three points.

Keller will be playing Saturday at South Grand Prairie with a Tuesday home game with Southlake Carroll.

“We just finished 11 games in 15 days,” said Keller head coach Doug Sporrer, so he gave his squad five days off.

Five days of practice in a week becomes an oddity once the season gets rolling.

“This will be a good time to practice some little things we didn’t have time for the last few weeks,” he said.

“SGP and Carroll will be two tough games to get us ready to open district against the team that’s picked to win our district [Guyer],” Sporrer said.

Fossil Ridge was going into its early week game with Grand Prairie on a four-game win streak. The Lady Panthers will then enter the Burleson Centennial tournament this weekend.

Tuesday will be a game at L.D. Bell before the start of the district season at Northwest on Dec. 11.

“I hope that we continue to improve each game with our consistency and unity,” said Fossil Ridge head coach Stacy Henson. “Our goal is to play together, play smart and play hard. I am pleased with our performance so far this season.

“We have played really hard thus far and that is truly all you can ask of kids,” Henson added.

Much of the direction for the Lady Panthers is coming from Grayson Bright and Ty’Kiera Henry. In a 10-point win over Burleson Centennial last week, Bright scored 19 points and Henry had 17. Tiffany Roberts did her share by adding 12.

Timber Creek was coming off a 47-45 win over Haltom before the holiday and will be in action this weekend at the Lions Tournament at Thomas Coliseum after a Monday game with Richland.

“In our first tournament, we lost the first two games and won by one point, which was disappointing,” said Timber Creek head coach Tina DeMichele. “But I was proud of how the girls bounced back and won against Saginaw (59-44) in the third game. We are showing some growth in areas we struggled with last year, and hopefully we will continue to show more growth as the season continues.”

Central had already competed in the Richland tournament in addition to taking on some competitive teams in the early going.

Although their win total isn’t what they’d like, the Lady Chargers were looking to get back on track with an early week game with Wylie before playing in the Kennedale tournament this weekend. They will open the district season at Denton Ryan.

Samantha Cary is again helping lead Central in scoring, while Tiffany Wilson, among others, is contributing.