Keller Citizen

District opens for boys hoops after KISD tourney

All the preparations are over and the always-intriguing district schedule starts this week for District 5-6A boys basketball.

For the KISD teams, the coming district competition will serve as finals week, where each team will have to demonstrate what it’s learned in the pre-district semester.

Timber Creek, as did a few teams, didn’t press its full lineup to risk injury after minor issues.

The Falcons still managed to go 2-2 at the Keller ISD Tournament.

Timber Creek was coming off a 58-43 win over Birdville before entering the invitational. The Falcons beat Irving handily, 69-34.

Eventual tournament champion Amarillo Tascosa beat the Falcons in the second round, but Timber Creek would come back and beat Wolfforth Frenship before losing in the final game to Trinity, while holding out a few players with injuries in a 35-32 loss.

“All-in-all, we’re happy with the outcome of the tournament,” said Timber Creek head coach Brad Mouser.

The Falcons will play at Denton Ryan on Friday to open district play.

Keller went 2-2 in the tournament.

The Indians dropped a 48-45 game early in the week to Frisco Centennial but beat Plano John Paul II, 48-39 in the first round of the tournament.

The Indians lost to eventual second-place McKinney in another four-point game, lost to Trinity, 73-67 and then finished on a high note with a 52-41 win over Wolfforth Frenship.

Keller now prepares to host Byron Nelson on Friday to open league play.

Fossil Ridge was 1-3 in the tournament and will open the district schedule with Denton Guyer on Friday.

In the tournament, the Panthers dropped games to Arlington, John Paul II and Temple but were able to post a win over LD Bell, 47-42, in their final game.

The Panthers won’t be in action until the district opener on Friday.

“We’ve played nine games in 10 days so I wanted to give us a little time to freshen our legs before district,” said Fossil Ridge head coach Zack Myers. “We know Guyer will be a great challenge. We are excited to get the second part of our season underway.”

Central played close games along the way in the tournament knowing what their Achilles’ heel is before they open district play at Northwest on Friday.

The Chargers lost six- and three-point games to Paschal and Georgetown, respectively, and then lost another two-point decision to Birdville and then to L.D. Bell by six.

Central had opened an 11-point lead against Georgetown but was unable to close it out due to uncontested layups and missed free throws.

“We’re still shooting about 40 percent at the free-throw line,” said Central head coach Gerald Sledge. “We’ve got things to work on and clean up to keep us in it.”

Central was playing Fort Worth Christian on Monday of this week.