Mansfield Sports

Logjam of teams vying for playoffs in District 14-5A girls basketball

Khadija Kelly shoots a layup for Summit in recent action against Timberview, a one-point loss for the Lady Jaguars. The team hopes to get Nia Jackson back from injury soon.
Khadija Kelly shoots a layup for Summit in recent action against Timberview, a one-point loss for the Lady Jaguars. The team hopes to get Nia Jackson back from injury soon. Star-Telegram

Only one thing is pretty much a sure thing for District 14-5A girls basketball.

Arlington Seguin is the frontrunner and undefeated district leader.

After that, there are six teams fighting for three remaining playoff spots. And there are just two and a half weeks remaining for everything to fall into place. All four of the 5A Mansfield ISD teams – Timberview, Lake Ridge, Legacy and Summit – are in the hunt and this week will again give more insight as to who remains a viable playoff contender.

After Seguin’s 12-0 mark, Timberview enters the week at 7-4, Red Oak and Lake Ridge are at 6-5, Summit is 6-6, and Legacy and Lancaster are 5-6.

Timberview is in more control of its destiny, still in second place. But that lead is just one game.

The Lady Wolves fell to Lancaster and Seguin last week. The Seguin loss may have been expected, boosting the Lady Cougars to their 12th win. But the loss to Lancaster has to be considered an upset.

Waxahachie and Lake Ridge await Timberview this week.

Besides the Timberview game on Friday, Lake Ridge was to play Summit on Tuesday.

Lake Ridge took care of business last week, defeating Ennis and Red Oak to boost their district mark above .500.

Lake Ridge head coach Stephani Gray summarized what most every coach would attest.

“This is such a tough district,” Gray explained. “I honestly believe in this district that on any given night any team can beat anyone. Our team believes that as well. You have to stay focused on the game at hand – there's no looking ahead and every game is a big game,” she said via e-mail.

Although Lake Ridge fell victim to both teams on tap this week in their first meetings, Gray said her team is playing with a great deal of confidence and focus.

“They know every game will be a battle and they are prepared for that,” she added.

Summit will also have a key game with Legacy and is coming off the tightest margin given Seguin (59-48) in district play this year.

“We just need to be consistent,” said Summit head coach Tammy Lusinger.

An area in particular where the Lady Jaguars are looking for consistency is at the free-throw line. In Friday’s 47-42 win over Waxahachie, Summit shot just 6-of-22 on free throws.

“If we shoot 70 percent (from the line) in district we wouldn’t be in the position we’re in,” Lusinger said. “I think our kids’ focus and work ethic is good and hopefully we can get two big wins this week,” she added.

A big plus hopefully coming by week’s end for Summit is the return of Nia Jackson, who has been the biggest offensive weapon for the Lady Jags.

In the meantime, Summit has seen valuable playing time added to younger players who have stepped up to help the team.

Legacy was able to post a 76-44 blowout win over Ennis last week, with four players hitting double figures.

This week, Legacy will take on Red Oak in the early week game before facing Summit on Friday.

In District 8-6A, Mansfield will face Grand Prairie on Friday.

The Lady Tigers posted a 10-point win over Grand Prairie in their first meeting for one of their two district wins thus far.

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