With just five games remaining in the district schedule heading into this week’s competition, key matchups among the top five teams are on tap.
Whether they clear up the paths to a playoff spot or create more of a quagmire remains to be seen.
In District 5-6A, Byron Nelson sits atop of the standings with 23 points and a 7-1 record, but four teams are locked up for the next three spots.
Central and Denton Ryan are tied for second with 19 points, while Keller and Fossil Ridge each have 15 points.
Only the top four teams will advance to the postseason. That means only three of the four teams locked in a tie will be able to advance.
This week, though, Central will play last place and winless Northwest and then play Guyer on Friday. Guyer sits in fifth place with nine points.
Fossil Ridge will also take on Guyer but will play at Denton Ryan on Friday. This game could potentially have a big impact on the standings.
For Keller, the Indians are coming off a 2-1 win over Guyer to help provide some cushion and keep them in the tie with Ridge.
A critical factor shaping the middle of the district standings was Central’s second shootout win over Keller last week.
Keller has also suffered a shootout loss to Byron Nelson, accounting for all three of its losses.
The Indians have a schedule including Byron Nelson and then at Timber Creek on Friday.
Fossil Ridge and Keller will face each other in another pivotal next Friday.
Timber Creek, 2-6 and 8 points, will have at Ryan before they host Keller on Friday.
Keller hoops exits playoffs
The Keller boys’ basketball team lost in the bi-district round of the playoffs last week, ending the Indians’ season.
Keller finished the season as the runner-up in District 5-6A, going 12-2.
The Indians couldn’t recover from a 9-point halftime deficit in the game with Hebron.
It was the final game for senior Nolan Taylor, who matched the games’ top scorers with 18 points.