It turned out to be a brilliant scheduling move for Carroll girls basketball coach Teri Morrison to decide to play her second tournament in South Texas down in LaPorte.
The Lady Dragons beat the ice storm that hit North Texas and went 3-1 to finish fifth. But the travel back to Southlake was delayed from Saturday to Sunday because of the weather. There were some solid performances in the wins over Houston Bellaire and Cy Fair. Carroll shot 60 percent in the win over Cy Fair. The only tough result was 23 percent shooting performance in a loss to Galena Park North Shore.
Carroll took a 10-3 record into the District 4-5A opener scheduled for Tuesday against Keller Central.
“I like that record and I like that we’re playing well against good people,” Morrison said. “We’ve lost to two other really good teams in Arlington Bowie and Duncanville. If you start out missing your first 12 shots against Duncanville like we did, that’s not going to help you.
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“But we still have two really great shooters between Kennedy Leonard and Gretchen Morrison and when we’re hitting on all cylinders, we can play.”
In the post
In 2012-2013, Carroll did not have the consistent play in the post that helped make it a balanced scoring team. That appears to be changing. Sophomore 6-2 post Anna Hurlburt has been growing as a scorer and a rebounder for this team at 8.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
The averages should be coming up for junior Madison Drescher, who came over to the volleyball squad. She also will add height at 6-2. In limited duty, she’s averaging 2.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
However, as she evolves into basketball shape, Morrison expects her to contribute quite a bit.
“Anytime I need a big rebound, Madison is there and Anna will be there,” Morrison said. “That presence is really going to help us as we get deeper into the season. We’re just a better overall team with more consistency down there.”
Morrison noted that Hurlburt played some very good defense against Colleyville Heritage 6-2 post Artavia Ford in the final four minutes of that game. That helped Carroll pull out a tight 61-56 victory.
Juls Grubbs, who was called up from the junior varsity this year, has been a nice addition coming off the bench, Morrison said.
While she is not going to contribute a lot of points – Grubbs is averaging less than one point per game – she can play a big difference with some strong defense.
“You’re not going to notice her too much,” Morrison said. “But she does a lot of the dirty work that will help your team play differently for the better.”
District play starts
The December four-game segment of District 4-5A play was scheduled to begin Tuesday against Keller Central. The Lady Dragons play at Keller Timber Creek on Friday and then continue the following week against Richland on Dec. 17 and at Justin Northwest on Dec. 20. Carroll should be the favorite but will get pushed by Keller and Richland. Carroll went 13-1 in district play in 2012-2013.