Keller Citizen

Experience paying off for Keller girls during tough stretch

Keller’s girls basketball team was hitting a tough run of district opponents, but the experience gained should help it endure the gauntlet.

The Lady Indians team were taking on Northwest in Friday’s matchup last week and then will play Denton Guyer on Tuesday, followed by this week’s Friday game with Central.

Keller was 5-1 heading into the Northwest game.

Although Keller is replacing three graduated guards from last year’s playoff team, the key players on the court this year were all seasoned through last year’s successful season.

The lessons learned last year weren’t new territory for the team.

“We were actually very experienced last year,” said Keller head coach Doug Sporrer. “Overall, it’s been great seeing different people step up in various situations as the season goes on.”

Keller has been able to weather some difficult storms and game situations already and the experiences endured will hopefully pay off down the stretch.

“We have been able to have success in different ways and I think that shows how well this team plays together,” Sporrer said.

Other teams see their immediate schedule as opportunities to string together wins and get back in the chase for a playoff position.

Fossil Ridge, 2-4, lost last week to Keller and was poised to take on Byron Nelson on Friday.

The results of the Friday games were unavailable due to early holiday press deadlines.

After Nelson, the Lady Panthers have Northwest and Timber Creek to play this week.

Before the Nelson game, Fossil Ridge head coach Stacy Henson referred to the game as “imperative.”

Collecting wins and establishing a rhythm are key at this juncture of the season for teams such as Ridge.

“I believe we are still capable of turning things around and we have just made it very difficult on ourselves,” Henson said. “For us to be successful my top two scorers have to be consistent and we have got to get some help from the rest of the team.”

Certainly, Grayson Bright and Ty’Kiera Henry have been the leaders in scoring for the Lady Panthers. Tiffany Roberts and others are showing signs of giving offensive support, which Henson feels is needed.

Timber Creek, at 1-5, was to face Central before playing Byron Nelson and Fossil Ridge this week.

Central will look to capture a win in its next slate of opponents in Timber Creek, Denton Ryan or an upset of Keller.