Northeast Tarrant

Lady Panthers, Mustangs off and running in pre-district

Volleyball season has finished for the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District. However, it was another strong season for Colleyville Heritage, which played in the Class 5A Region I championship for the second consecutive year.

The Lady Panthers finished the season at 42-7 as they fell to Southlake Carroll in three sets, 25-19, 25-19 and 25-23. Nonetheless, head coach Jamie Siegel's program will return a lot of key players to try and make another deep playoff run led by senior outside hitter Maddie Jones, junior middle blocker Anna Walsh and junior setter Alex Janak.

But now it's time to turn to basketball. Both Grapevine and Colleyville Heritage are now entering the third weeks of their season. This is the best time to catch you up as to how Steve Ganninger's Grapevine squad and Dianna Sager's Colleyville Heritage team are performing.

Colleyville Heritage: It wouldn't be a non-district schedule for the Lady Panthers if they weren't playing a rugged list of opponents. Sager has loaded up with the likes of Flower Mound Marcus, Arlington Bowie twice, Mansfield Summit and Southlake Carroll. And don't forget the Lady Panthers are playing in the Duncanville Tournament over the Christmas Holiday break.

Post Artavia Ford and guard Victoria Bratcher are off to great starts. Bratcher has been in double figures in five of her first six games. Ford went for a career high 36 points in a 75-41 victory over HSAA in the CHHS tournament. She's also scored 20 or more on two other occasions. Ford de-committed from Texas Tech over the summer and signed with UT-Arlington on Nov. 13. What Sager needs is a little more point production from Salina Apodaca. But over time, that will settle itself. District 6-5A begins Dec. 10 against Carrollton R.L. Turner.

Grapevine: The Lady Mustangs have jumped out to a 4-2 start after they went 2-2 at the Northwest Tournament this past weekend. Grapevine started the season with consecutive wins over Keller (64-50) and Birdville (65-53). But arguably the best win of the season was a 55-44 come-from-behind victory over Granbury in the Northwest Tournament.

The Lady Mustangs outscored the Lady Pirates, 20-4, the fourth quarter to rally from a 40-35 deficit. Senior Nicole Taake, who doesn't know the meaning of the word offseason, transitioned immediately from volleyball into basketball and hasn't stopped. She scored 10 points in that victory. Mandi Routon continues to bring production form her end as she has been in double figures in scoring in three of the first six games. She delivered a season-high 17 points in a 63-36 victory over Birdville.

District 6-5A play will begin Dec. 10 against Irving MacArthur. The season continued this week with a Tuesday game against Keller Timber Creek. The Lady Mustangs have the rest of the week off.