Although the Mansfield girls basketball team has struggled to find its rhythm in the early season, the start of the district schedule has been a welcomed challenge.
Mansfield’s record was not quite at .500 in the non-district, early season, but the Lady Tigers were able to get off on the right foot when they picked up a win in their first district game last week. They were set to travel to Duncanville on Friday after the early holiday press deadline.
The win, a 41-36 victory over Midlothian, was a welcomed relief for Mansfield head coach Kate Goldberg.
She acknowledged that being able to notch the first district win is a bit of relief and helps set the tone for the rest of the tough, district schedule.
In the win over Midlothian, the Lady Tigers led from early in the contest, and even though the Lady Panthers were able to gnaw just a little of the lead away from Mansfield, there was enough of a cushion to preserve the win.
As is customary for Mansfield, Ki’Asha Harris led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 14 points. Whitney Yates also had nine points for Mansfield.
After the Duncanville contest, Mansfield will have the holiday break from district play until Jan. 6 when they host Grand Prairie.
In the interim, Mansfield will participate in the Mansfield Invitational which will start on Dec. 29.
Summit and Lake Ridge were set on Friday to launch into their matchup. The results can be found at dfwvarsity.com.
That game will help to tell the fortunes of the two squads, although it is still early in the season.
Many were surprised to see Summit go into the fifth District 14-5A game with a 1-3 mark.
Lake Ridge, 2-1, is coming off a good performance over Ennis.
Legacy, also at 2-1, has a win over Lake Ridge already. Their lone loss was a 50-49 heartbreaker to Waxahachie to open the district season.
Grace Daniels, one of Legacy’s top scorers, poured in 22 points in the win over Ennis. She had a stand-out game against Lake Ridge, when she scored 34.
After Friday’s scheduled game with Red Oak, Legacy will have either a momentum-filled Summit team or a Lady Jags squad ready to seek legitimacy when they play on Dec. 22.
Timberview is another team at 2-1.
They are coming off their first game with Seguin, a team who could well be the top of the district’s power teams, as they worked their way to a 22-point win over Timberview.
For the Lady Wolves, they were to take on an up-and-down Waxahachie team on Friday.
Trelynn Tyler continues to have the hot hand for Timberview. She scored 24 points in the win over Lancaster and the same tally in the loss to Seguin.
They’ll be back on the court Monday against Lake Ridge before taking off from district games until after the break. They’ll be at home for the Mansfield ISD tournament.