Keller Citizen

Keller, Northwest girls hoops to face off in big district game

The girls basketball season’s first round of the district schedule will conclude this week, and games this week will give the first glimpse of a potential playoff seeding order.

Keller rolled to a 51-32 win over Denton Ryan last week to go to 4-1 in district play.

The win over Ryan was a different type of game for Keller, said head coach Doug Sporrer.

“This past Friday’s game with Denton Ryan was one of the most physical teams we played all year,” he said. “I’m proud of how we battled and extended the lead in the second half. Our defense has been really good lately.”

Keller has games with Fossil Ridge and at Northwest this week. The game with Northwest, another 4-1 team entering the week, could be a showdown.

“Northwest has experienced guards who are stepping up this year,” Sporrer said of Friday’s game. “It will be a challenge for us to control their penetration without giving up open looks from 3.”

The challenge won’t be anything new for Keller, though.

“We’ve played – more importantly, beaten – some real good teams this year,” Sporrer said. “We always remind the kids of that so they know they can play with anybody on our schedule.”

Keller will be playing at undefeated Denton Guyer on Tuesday next week to start the second cycle through the district schedule.

But before Keller can look too far ahead, the game with Fossil Ridge remained as a legitimate competitive game.

Fossil Ridge moved to 2-3 in District 5-6A, with a 67-43 win over Central last week.

It was a “must win” game for the Lady Panthers, said head coach Stacy Henson, as the win keeps the hopes of staying in the top half of the standings and a playoff spot alive.

Again, the tandem of Grayson Bright and Ty’Kiera Henry led the Lady Panthers, both players tallying 23 points.

“We have made a few adjustments that allowed us to create some offense from our defense,” Henson said. “We continue to take one possession at a time and try to do the little things that will give us an advantage.”

After the Keller game, the Lady Panthers will host Byron Nelson on Friday.

Central has been paced by Samantha Cary, who scored 14 against Ridge. She was matched by teammate Carson LeCroy.

The Lady Chargers have Byron Nelson and will host Timber Creek on Friday.

The Timber Creek game will be an opportunity for each of the district teams to get back on a positive note.

The Lady Falcons, who will are 1-4 entering the week, had Guyer early in the week.

Last Friday, Timber Creek pushed Northwest to the end before losing 49-41. Jazz Mason scored 11 points for the Lady Falcons.