The Keller girls basketball team boosted its District 5-6A record to 11-0 last week, but more importantly, clinched the district title outright.
It’s the first time in at least 15 years the Lady Indians have won the title alone at the top of the standings. Three years ago, Keller tied for the championship.
Much of that celebration for the Lady Indians was made possible by their Tuesday win over Byron Nelson.
Keller beat Nelson, 47-42, last week to jump a major hurdle and keep their unblemished streak intact.
This week’s games include hosting Fossil Ridge on Friday. Their early-week game was with Denton Ryan.
“The pressure is off the kids,” Keller head coach Doug Sporrer said after clinching the title. “The kids were feeling a little pressure, but we want to keep rolling and win the last few games. But we have the district title wrapped up.”
In the win over Nelson, Sporrer said his Lady Indians initially had problems with the Lady Bobcats’ big player inside, but were able to find enough energy to persevere.
“Our kids for the first time this year, were a little tired,” Sporrer said. “We were physically and mentally a little tired.”
During a little break in the week for rest, Keller came out a bit more refreshed in its game against Timber Creek. Keller took that game 50-24.
Pacing themselves along the way may be a key before facing a long playoff run.
“Rest is a weapon,” Sporrer acknowledged.
Still, Keller has about a week before the playoffs begin, and Sporrer said they’d get back to practice during the week and work on getter better.
“We won’t go there until the regular season is over,” Sporrer said about looking ahead to the playoffs.
But, when the time does roll around, Keller will be matched against teams from District 6-6A, and the most likely opponent is Plano East or Allen.
“Right now, we just want to win the last few games, but we’re happy to wrap up the district title,” Sporrer said.
Fossil Ridge was able to boost its district record to 6-5 after knocking off Denton Guyer last week, 52-51, although it lost to Ryan later in the week.
In the win over Guyer, Ty Henry led the Lady Panthers with 15 points and Grayson Bright added 11.
This week, Fossil Ridge was to play Central on Tuesday before their matchup with Keller on Friday.
As for Timber Creek, it also picked up a win last week in a 35-31 win over Denton Ryan.
Adding points in the victory were Jordan Dixon with 10 points, Raven Rogers with nine and Sydney Nunley and Lauren Sparger with six.
This week, the Lady Falcons face Northwest and Guyer.
Central was also a victor last week in its early week game, as the Lady Chargers beat Northwest 44-39.
Once again, Samantha Cary and Ashley Yarbrough led Central in scoring with 16 and 12 points, respectively.
This week, Central plays Fossil Ridge and then Byron Nelson.