The Grapevine boys basketball team won its final two games prior to the start of district play on Monday night, and coach Kevin Starnes said he his pleased with the progress his team has made throughout the non-district schedule.
The Mustangs opened district competition with L.D. Bell on Monday after the press deadline and will travel to Colleyville Heritage High School at 8 p.m. on Friday. See dfwvarsity.com for results.
“They are very methodical in one what they do and very disciplined,” Starnes said of Heritage. “They like to control the pace, and they've got some really good players on their team – guys that can really score and shoot it well. They defend as a unit, and they are going to make us beat them. We are going to have to play a good game, take care of the basketball and shoot the ball well.
“If we can do those things and control the tempo and play more at our pace, I think we've got a good shot at it.”
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The Mustangs defeated Dallas Molina 80-43 on Friday night, and Starnes said that after getting off to a bumpy start, the team found its rhythm.
“I felt like the the first half it was kind of choppy,” Starnes said. “There were a lot of fouls called. We just weren't able to get into a rhythm. In the second half, we played more clean and got into more of a rhythm, and that was really how we were able to extend our lead so much.”
Starnes said the game against Molina served an important purpose as the team prepared for the start of district competition.
“We won on Tuesday and Friday, so two games in a row, we've played well and got the wins,” Starnes said. “Now we go into district with some confidence. If nothing else, our guys should feel good about where they are and be confident, but not overly confident.”
Starnes said he believes the team was pretty close to where it needed to be as district competition got underway on Monday night.
“We're missing one of our main players due to injury,” Starnes said. “For the non-district schedule, it was really important for our guys to get minutes and gain experience. In that way, we have really benefited from the schedule. I think that once Adam [Sandy] returns and we are at full strength, I think we will be much better, but right now, we're in a good spot.”
• Over at Colleyville Heritage, the Panthers defeated Mesquite Poteet on Saturday by a score of 50-46 to end the non-district schedule on a high note.
Jacob Sisk led the team in scoring with 20 points, while Jackson Barlow added 11 points in the game.
Derrick O'Donnell, Noah Nelson, J.D. Stumpf, Lucas Lagrange and Alex Weaver combined for 19 points in the game.
Heritage opened district against Euless Trinity on Monday.