Keller Citizen

District play starts this week for Keller ISD girls basketball

Grayson Bright accounted for nearly half of Fossil Ridge’s scoring in a recent victory.
Grayson Bright accounted for nearly half of Fossil Ridge’s scoring in a recent victory. Star-Telegram Archive

Many Keller ISD teams were involved in tournament play last week or were otherwise fine-tuning their games in preparation for the start of District 5-6A play this week.

All the season records to this point in time will mean nothing when league play starts, but the momentum and lessons learned can likely be applied.

Fossil Ridge played in the Burleson Elk Invitational and had found that getting back into the swing of things after a holiday break can be difficult.

Ridge went 3-2 in the tournament, picking up wins over Mansfield Legacy, 48-47, All Saints, 45-34, and Burleson, 66-48.

The Lady Panthers were coming off a big overtime win over Grand Prairie, 65-62.

Grayson Bright led Fossil Ridge with 32 points, 17 rebounds, six assists, four steals and four blocks. Teammate Ty’Kiera Henry added 18 points.

It was Madison Conley, Maria Perez-Diaz and Tiffany Roberts that gave the support to help the Lady Panthers re-establish the lead and hold off Grand Prairie.

Up this week was to be L.D. Bell and then the start of the district schedule at Northwest on Friday.

Keller beat South Grand Prairie 53-46 on Saturday.

The week builds for Keller, as they were to take on Carroll early in the week before hosting Denton Guyer at home on Friday in the first district game of the year.

South Grand Prairie had lost just once prior to meeting Keller and the play of the Lady Indians could serve as a good springboard to the competitive week.

“I’m just happy we’re playing that way right now,” said Keller head coach Doug Sporrer.

Timber Creek had more than its fair share of close outcomes in the Northeast Lions Club Tournament last week.

The Lady Falcons lost in double-overtime to Birdville and then lost in overtime to Haltom. The other loss was 53-50 to Richland.

The head-scratching moment for head coach Tina DeMichele was the realization that Timber Creek lost three games by a total of six points – and that the Lady Falcons had missed 24 free throws.

Friday, Timber Creek will start with an even slate in district play hosting Byron Nelson.

Central, which had a challenging tournament appearance at Kennedale, will look to start the district season off right Friday at Denton Ryan. The Lady Chargers will host Keller on Tuesday.