District 6-5A has started to show some separation. As the second half of the girls basketball race began, Hurst L.D. Bell and Euless Trinity were tied for first at 6-1. Colleyville Heritage (16-10, 5-2) and Irving MacArthur were tied for second at 5-2.
While it’s not impossible, fifth-place Grapevine (11-9, 3-4) knows it has a lot of work to do, because it went 3-4. For the Lady Mustangs to climb into the race, they need to find a way to beat some of the teams they are chasing. Colleyville Heritage is in pretty good shape and also plays host to Trinity and L.D. Bell at home in this round.
The district race became more interesting when MacArthur upset L.D. Bell last Friday, 54-51.
Colleyville Heritage update
The Lady Panthers basically cruised to easy wins over Irving and Irving Nimitz and scored 61 and 67 points. In each of Colleyville Heritage’s five district wins, they have scored at least 61 points, including 81 against Carrollton R.L. Turner. The squad played at R.L. Turner on Tuesday. Head coach Dianna Sager thinks the team she has now little resembles the one she had back in December and November.
“We’ve come a long way since Christmas,” she said. “I really believe the chemistry issues we had back then are behind us. We’re playing some really good basketball. We had some success in the Duncanville and have just continued to move forward.”
Sager quantified the growth in the 61-47 victory over MacArthur. When the Lady Cardinals tried to pressure the guards, they made the adjustments and found Charlotte Collyer and Artavia Ford who combined for 31 points. If that game was played in December, Sager said they probably would not have had that kind of result.
The good thing about last week was that Sager didn’t need freshman point guard Caitlyn Foster. Foster hyper-extended her shoulder in the 61-47 victory at Irving and didn’t practice or play in the win over Nimitz. However, Sager said she expected Foster to play Tuesday against Turner.
Ford Model S
Artavia Ford gets a lot of attention because of what she does in the post. However, her younger sister Seairra has started to make her presence felt.
Sager has always considered Seairra one of her best defensive players because of her speed. But the 5-9 sophomore is starting to score a little bit more, too. Sager puts the younger Ford usually on the opposing team’s best offensive player.
“She plays incredible defense,” Sager said. “Her speed can disrupt anyone’s offense. When we put her on someone, she can change the way they play.”
The Lady Mustangs will know if they will really be in the race in the first four games in the second half of district play. They opened Tuesday at home against MacArthur. After Friday’s game against Irving Nimitz, they play Hurst L.D. Bell and Colleyville Heritage.
The tough part for this team was that it could not close out Euless Trinity in last Friday’s 65-63 overtime loss. The Lady Trojans rallied from a 48-44 deficit to start the fourth quarter to force overtime before pulling it out. A win would have really changed Grapevine’s playoff outlook. Now, the margin to reach the postseason is that much more in doubt.
Grapevine had five players in double figures, led by Abby Sandy’s 14 points.