The Thanksgiving week has Mansfield ISD girls basketball teams playing varied schedules, but the chance to work in additional games prior to the start of the district season is welcomed.
Tournaments and single games have been aiding teams find the right mix of rotations and chemistry.
For the teams in District 14-5A, the nearing of the district season is rapidly approaching.
With nine teams in the district, the “second season” starts sooner than most – on Dec. 1.
Summit has been getting ready by recently traveling to Pasadena for the McDonald’s Texas Invitational tournament. It was an opportunity to play against non-familiar opponents in addition to some familiar faces.
A first-day OT win over Cy-Falls set Summit up for a second day win over Manvel, 60-38, to cruise into bracket play.
The Lady Jaguars knocked of Cypress Fairbanks 48-45 in the Division I Silver bracket to take third place in the division.
Lake Ridge also competed in the McDonald’s event and played in the Division I consolation bracket but did not place.
The Lady Eagles have had strong play from returning starters Kennedy Burks and Kylie Collins and have also seen contributions from Candria Carter, among others.
Lake Ridge will take on Euless Trinity on Dec. 1 before starting their district schedule with Legacy on Dec. 8.
Legacy was taking on Cedar Hill early in the week and will host Waxahachie for its first district game.
Timberview was also playing early in the holiday week and will come back for its district opener at Summit on Dec. 1.
Mansfield, in District 8-6A, will start its district run on Dec. 11.
The Lady Tigers just returned from the Lady Jaguars Invitational in Flower Mound, going 2-1.
They notched wins over Mesquite, 45-29, and Fort Worth Western Hills, 53-27.
Their loss in the tourney was to Amarillo Palo Duro, 40-33.
After the early week game at Arlington, Mansfield will host Coppell on Saturday. It will play at North Crowley on Dec. 1.
Thus far, Lady Tigers Lindsey Wurm, Maryam Adeniyi, Halei Wortham, Bailey Downing and Whitney Yates have all had strong contributions.